It's been a dismal season for Washington state football fans.
This year's Apple Cup was a battle for the Best of the Worst in the Pac-10, with the University of Washington destroying the Washington State University Cougars.
As bad as both teams were this season, it wasn't much for the Huskies to brag about.
And let's not even get started on the Seahawks.
But for all the doom and gloom in Pullman and Seattle, Mid-Columbia high school teams brightened our Friday nights.
The Connell Eagles took home the 1A state football championship and recorded the first undefeated season for the purple and gold.
And Tri-Cities Prep dominated the 1B field, winning the state championship game 80-40.
Both teams fielded a ton of talent, with a who's who of second generation players on Connell's team, including the nephew of Connell alum and former NFL player turned politician Clint Didier.
But it was at Tri-Cities Prep that a single star shone the brightest. Quarterback Will Hoppes set just about every record there is for 1B football in the state, throwing 10 touchdown passes in the championship game.
A senior, Hoppes holds the state record for career yards, completions and touchdowns. And his accolades aren't limited to the 1B classification: He finished his prep career ranked third in state history for touchdown passes among all high school quarterbacks.
And while Hoppes may not have an uncle who played in the NFL, his dad does make a mean bottle of wine. He even produced a special 2006 Jaguars Red at Fidelitas to benefit Tri-Cities Prep.
Thanks to all the high school teams that helped make an otherwise sorry season for Washington football fans something to celebrate after all.