Mayfield celebrates 10th state title with community

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MAYFIELD, KY -- For Mayfield head coach Joe Morris celebrating a state championship has almost become an annual event.

"These young men have put it all on the line," Morris said. "They have worked hard all year and the bottom line is that they brought home a state title."

It is the 10th time the Cardinals have celebrated a state championship, and the Mayfield community has been there with them the entire time.

"The enthusiasm spills over into this community," said Bob Creason, a lifelong Mayfield fan. "It has been a lot of fun being involved with this team."

"They make our kids feel very special about being a football player," Morris said. "Always has been a football town, and always will be."

For Morris, it is his fourth state championship as a head coach, but knows what it is like to be a fan.

"I have been to them all," Morris said about Mayfield's championships. "I have memories I will never forget, and hopefully the kids have some as well."

"The first thing a dad does when he has a little boy is give him a football," Mayfield fan Don Hendley said.

"Mayfield fans are like Yankee or Green Bay fans," Berry Craig, a Cardinal fan himself said. "We always expect to win. A big part of this town is the identity of the high school."

And it's those expectations that keep not only the community, but everyone involved motivated.

"I have fans already asking me about next year," Morris said. " I told them we will get started after the Holiday's."

And Cardinal fans hope that title number 11 is right around the corner.

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