Joplin Eagles are State Championship bound for the first time in 36 years, fans and team react

State Championship game is Saturday Nov, 30th.

Fans, alumni, and family lined main street, blaring their car horns and cheering full of excitement as the Joplin High School football team arrived home from winning the State Semi-Finals.

“Very proud of our boys, one heck of a year, I’m just super excited and it’s exciting to see this come back to Joplin.”

Chris beck is a 2001 graduate of Joplin High School and a football alum. 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 joy, its pure pride, I mean I haven’t 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” said Sophomore football player, Landen Atherton.

But it was a long journey for the team, they lost one of their own to an asthma attack during football practice back in September, Kadin Roberts Day.

Atherton says that loss pushed the team closer together and made them fight harder for this win.

“We’ve become a family after everything that’s happened and I think it’s 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 we’re playing like family.”

And as they prepare for the upcoming State Championship game, win or lose, it’s history in the making.

“It’s a story we’ll be able to tell our kids and our grandkids when we grow up” said Atherton.

“Go Eagles! I love you guys” added Beck.

The State Championship game will be held Saturday, November 30th at 3:00 P.M. at the University of Missouri.


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