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KING, N.C. (WGHP)— The West Stokes High School football team on Saturday won their first-ever state championship against Kinston.

The 2AA Wildcats faced Kinston Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh and came out on top with a 21-14 victory. Quarterback Austin Flemming scored all three of the Wildcats’ touchdowns.

West Stokes hosted a community bonfire Thursday night to celebrate the team’s undefeated season, which ended with an impressive 16-0 run including the final championship game.

“This has never happened in Stokes County before. People aren’t going to believe this. This is a wild dream come true,” senior linebacker Tyler Bullard said.

Making it through an entire season undefeated is also a first for the school.

“These kids, they don’t know how to lose. They just don’t. It’s nothing we’re doing; they just don’t know how to lose,” head coach Jimmy Upchurch said.

West Stokes joined two other teams from the Piedmont Triad in securing 2011 state titles. The Page High School Pirates (4AA) also won Saturday against Garner and Northern Guilford (3AA) won Friday night against Crest for the second year in a row.