By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
The celebration that is Homecoming just hasn’t been the same for Onteora quarterback Miles Eberhard the last three years.
After all, what is Homecoming without varsity football? Until this year, Onteora hadn’t fielded a team since 2013 due to a lack of players. The Eagles celebrated Homecoming in a big way on Saturday, defeating Eldred 48-26 for their first win in four years.
“It was an unbelievable feeling to win that game,” said Eberhard, a senior. “The crowd was unbelievable. I have never seen them so excited before. It’s just an incredible feeling. We have all been dreaming about this since we were in seventh-grade. I still feel numb.”
Before Saturday, Onteora last won a game on September 21st, 2013, beating Pine Plains 38-14. The Eagles ended that year on a five-game losing streak, finishing 2-6. Onteora only fielded junior varsity and modified teams over the last three years, according to coach Michael Allison. Onteora has a modified team with 38 players this season and the varsity has 26.
The Eagles don’t have a jayvee team, but field one last year in preparation for the move back up to varsity, going 6-4.
“It feels surreal to be playing varsity football,” said Onteora running back Damon Wells, who rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns against Eldred. “It feels amazing because this was our first varsity win in a long time. It means a lot to the community and the program. This is a major confidence boost and hopefully we can keep it rolling.”
Added Allison: “That win meant the world to us. It was huge and I know it meant a lot to the community.”
Onteora (1-3) opens up its Class C Division II schedule against Dover (1-3) at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
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