Ten years ago, the Jarrell Cougars made it to the state tournament. Since then, they’ve had several strong playoff runs but haven’t made a return. That was until this season.

Pairing a strong inside game - led by 6-foot-7 center Qyrique Dabon - with excellent shooting guards, the Cougars have won 33 games with only three losses to follow. Included in those 33 victories are wins against No. 4 La Marque and No. 6 Teague in the regional tournament; wins that the players said have boosted their confidence ahead of state.

Jarrell will face Brock in the Class 3A State semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday in San Antonio.