SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s the results fans were hoping for when they hit the road, heading to the dome in Syracuse- the South Park sparks are bringing home the state title.
The team beat Our Lady of Lourdes from Poughkeepsie 49-46 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to become the 2015 Class A New York State Champions.
The Sparks are making history with this victory and the road to the dome; they’re the first in Buffalo’s public school system to ever make it to the state title game.
“This is big for the city and high school football,” said Sparks fan Kito Smith.
“As a fan, it was a great experience,” said Bryant Brown who traveled with hundreds of other South Park fans to Syracuse for the game. “It was like every kids dream to play for a state title especially in New York State.”
Brown is going home a happy fan and also a proud big brother. His younger brother is Sparks quarterback, Tyree Brown.
“He lived up to the expectations out of him since Little League so I knew what to expect out of him,” said Brown of his state champion brother. “He did awesome.”
The senior starting quarterback had one of his best games this season with six touchdowns, four of which were rushing.
“I wanted to establish the run game,” said number 7 in his post-game interview.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association named Brown the Most Valuable Player and he was given the game ball, something he excitedly spun in his hands afterward while chatting with us.
Hundreds of supporters made the more than two-hour trek to Carrier Dome to watch history be made.
“I kind of figured we’d have a lot of support,” said Tyree. “It’s what we needed to have the motivation and to cheer us on.”
Among these fans, Monica Conrad, a South Park alumna from the class of 1942.
“I cheer for South Park whenever I can,” said Conrad.
The longtime fan says she’s grateful the game is indoors but she didn’t even think twice before making the trip to the dome to cheer on the team.
“It’s just important for the whole city to see South Park be so good.”
This historic moment is something fans say they couldn’t miss.
“We just put the city on the map with this one,” said Smith. “Go sparks!”
Pacing around the dome during the game is the school’s principal, Theresa Shuta. She said watching the guys was nerve-racking.
“We’re just so proud of our boys,” said Shuta. “They made history and we can’t say enough about our coaching staff.”
Loud roars erupted throughout the game in support of the staff. Head coach Tim Delaney said moments after the win again the Warriors that the victory hasn’t sunk in yet but he feels good enough to float back to Buffalo.
In the stands supporting Delaney was Robert Malave, a former Sparks player who donned the red and black when Delaney first took the head coaching position.
“I’m happy for them and the school,” said the South Park alum. “They deserve everything they get. The things he does for the kids is amazing. It can’t be taught. It’s all love.”