The Temple Tigers are heading back to the postseason.

On the road facing Lamar County on Friday night in a battle for the fourth and final spot in Class AA state playoffs from Region 5-AA, the Temple High School football team pulled out a 28-26 victory to punch its ticket to the big dance.

“This is huge. It’s big for our football program, period,” Temple head coach Scotty Ward said. “Any time you can turn around a 1-9 and go 6-4, it’s a good year. We had chances to be a little bit, and it is what it is, but our kids went out and fought their butts off. It was a good night and it’s been for our town, and it’s big for our school and big for the local community.”

Clinging to a narrow lead late in the game, the Tigers came up with a huge stop on a Trojan two-point conversion in the final minutes to seal their fate.

Temple secured the No. 4 seed for the state playoffs. The Tigers will open up on the road against No. 1 Rockmart, the defending state runner-up, next Friday night.