Before taking the field against Pine View on Friday, the Timpview team got together and watched a movie.
Coach Louis Wong plugged in a highlight reel from 2004 and 2006, the T-Birds' last two state championship seasons. When the show ended, the coach stood up and gave the squad a final pep talk.
"This is to be continued," he said.
After Timpview won the game and its second-straight state championship, Wong was already starting to talk about next season and the prospects of a three-peat.
"We'll be back again next year," Wong said. "We've got young players who understand what we do and how we want it done."
Any team hoping to pick off the T-Birds in 2008 will be a bit disconcerted when they look at this year's roster. Timpview loses some quality seniors but has more than enough juniors and sophomores to fill in the gaps, and a lot of them already have significant varsity experience.
Eight of Timpview's key starters and a total of 17 players on the two-deep chart will be suiting up again next fall. All-state safety Craig Bills is one of them. So is star wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen, defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi and offensive lineman Tui Crichton.
"I know what players we have back and I know what holes need to be filled," said Wong.
"We'll get those holes filled because we have young guys that want to play."
Only a handful of teams have won three straight championships in football. In addition to joining that list, the T-Birds will also have a chance to set a state record for consecutive wins. The record is 28, and Timpview has now won 23 straight.
Bills was a starter as a sophomore in 2006, and he'll have a rare shot at playing on three state championship teams. He's already got his off-season workout routine planned.
"I think I'll take a week or two off," said Bills. "Then we'll start getting ready again. Watch a lot of old film, lift, run, just get bigger and stronger. We've got a lot of younger guys that are already ready to play."
Crichton has basketball season to worry about, but next August won't be far from his mind.
"I can't wait," said Crichton. "There's no offseason."
In Wong's mind, the pre-game movie he showed the team has no end. It's always "to be continued."
"This is a dynasty," said Wong. "We're continuing that dynasty."