By Loki DeWitt
On March 30, the Cossatot River Eagles and Ladyeagles christened their new homefield with dual wins over the Danville Little Johns.
The opening contest saw the Ladyeagles step onto the unfinished field in Wickes, eager to not only gain their first-ever home win but also score their first win of the season. In the previous games of the season, the Ladyeagles had seen a game canceled, a game tied, and suffered two losses including one to their fellow Polk County team, the Mena Ladycats.
The desire to target on the right track and kick off their initial home campaign with a victory filled the Ladyeagles with a fire that translated into very determined play on the field. While Danville played hard to stay in the game, the Ladyeagles determination pushed those efforts aside. Not only were the Ladyeagles able to contain their opponents, but they also outmaneuvered them and posted two scores in the first half. The second saw similar action as both teams played hard. Ultimately, even though the Ladyagles were only able to score one more time, they were able to capture the shutout victory and the first victory ever won on their homefield with a final score of 3-0.
After taking a moment to celebrate the Ladyeagles’ historic victory, the boys took the field, ready to log a victory of their own.
While the Eagles had seen one of their previous games for the season canceled, they had yet to face defeat and were coming off a dominant win against the Mena Bearcats. Despite their impressive start though, they knew that this game was about more than just continuing in their winning ways.
The Eagles came out of the gates running and managed to put the ball in the back of the goal within minutes of the game beginning. The boys continued to put on a show and eventually, their intensity spread to the crowd who cheered loudly as the boys scored twice more in the opening half. However, they would not get the shutout like the girls had, as Danville managed to get a score of their own before time expired in the first half. The second half saw the Little Johns try to get back in the game with an early goal that made the game a one-score affair. The rest between halves had not dampened the energy the Eagles had been playing with, and they more than rose to the challenge by not only stopping their opponents from scoring again but also putting the ball in the net four more times to come away with a dominant 7-2 victory.
The Eagles, the Ladyeagles, their coach Reggie Fryar, the players’ families, and all the fans in attendance got to share in the thrill of victory. Not only that, but they had all been a part of a small piece of Polk County history as both teams not only had a field to call their own but had also opened it in the best way: victorious.