December 27, 2007
Celina's Lynn wins a championship
After a heartbreaking loss in last year's state title game, D'Anton Lynn was determined to win it all this time around. And on Saturday, he accomplished what he set out to do by leading his Celina team to a thrilling 21-14 victory over China Spring.
"It ended up being 21-14," said an elated Lynn. "It was a really good game. They were a great team and it was really fun to play that great of an opponent."
Lynn's memory of last year's loss was still vivid in his mind, so when he went down on the first play of the game, he knew he wasn't going to stay down.
"I got hurt on the very first play of the game," laughed Lynn. "I just dove and tackled a guy and landed funny on my shoulder. It turns out I broke a bone in my shoulder, the one right on your back, and tore a muscle. I stayed in the game though and finished it out."
Staying in the game meant his responsibilities were slightly modified, but Lynn still showed why he is one of the premier defensive backs in the country.
"I kept playing at safety for the first half," he explained. "But they had a really good receiver that was giving us a hard time, and I couldn't really tackle anyways, so they moved me to corner and just had me shadow him."
And shadow him he did, holding the receiver to 2 catches for roughly 10 yards. Though Lynn is certainly one tough customer, he is still human and was forced to sit out on the other two sides of the ball.
"I couldn't do punt returns or offense after I got hurt," he said. "I couldn't raise my left arm at all, so there wasn't a whole lot for me to do there."
Having pushed recruiting to the back of his mind for the last few weeks to concentrate on state, Lynn is finally starting to give his collegiate career some more thought.
"I know I'm going to the Alamo Bowl to watch Penn State," said the three-star prospect. "Other than that, the only thing I know for sure is that I'll be visiting Texas Tech some time in January."
Lynn also explained that the quiet period has been kind to him as well.
"The last coach I talked to was Coach Mainord from Tech," he laughed. "And that was like 4 days ago. I just called him right after the game to tell him we won and about my shoulder and all that. He was pretty excited about the win."
For now, Lynn says he wants to get a little more acquainted with one school in particular.
" I don't necessarily have favorites right now or anything, but one school I need to see more of before I make my final call is Tech," he said. "I didn't ever get to take an official there before I committed so I never got a good feel for them and I just feel like I need to do that before I make my final decision."
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