The Joplin Egals won the state semi-finals yesterday and are now heading to the championship game.
The joplin eagles won the state semi finals yesterday and are now heading to the championship game.
Koam's kaitlyn shive shares reaction from fans and the team as they arrived home last night.
Fans, alumni, and family lined main street---blaring their car horns--cheering full of excitement---as the joplin high school football team arrived home from winning the state semi finals.
"very proud of our boys, what one heck of a year, sorry, im just super excited and its exciting to see this come back to joplin" chris beck is a 2001 graduate of joplin high school and football alum--and this is a proud moment for him as this is the first time in 36 years that joplin has made it to a state championship game.
"pure excitement its pure joyment, its pure pride, i mean i havent worn this jacket in 18 years, brought it out of the closet for the boys, just to show some support" police escorted the team back to the high school, and stepping off the buses they were engulfed in a crowd of ecstatic supporters.
"i think having the community behind our back the whole time and showing out, we brought six buses and so many parents coming out and to have everyone behind us and support us in strides its awesome" but it was a long journey for the team, they lost one of their own to a asthma attack during football practice back in september, kadin roberts day.
But sophomore landen atherton says that loss pushed the team closer together and made them fight harder for this win.
"we've become a family after everything thats happened and i think its made us become closer and strive, we set these goals at the beginning of the season and we came together and we executed them and were playing like family."
And as they prepare for the upcoming state championship game, win or lose, its history in the making.
"its a story well be able to tell our kids and our grandkids when we grow up" "go eagles!
I love you guys" in joplin kaitlyn shive koam news kate: congratulations eagles, thats a huge accomplishment.
The state championship game will kick off at 3 p-m on saturday in columbia at the university of missouri.