The Northside football team is currently enjoying one of the most remarkable runs of success in our state.
The Eagles have won at least 10 games in every season since 1998.
There have been times during that run when it would be easy to think the Eagles were going to take a step back and fans would think, “This is the year they stumble.” Right?
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The run started with a 12-win season in 1998 with Conrad Nix as the Eagles’ head coach. There have been years with plenty of new faces after large graduating classes the year before, and the Eagles have just kept on winning.
After the Eagles went 15-0 in 2006 and 2007 and won two straight state titles, it could have been the perfect time for the Eagles to relax a bit and live off of what they had accomplished in those two seasons. But that didn’t happen, and they won 10 more games in 2008.
Next up came the retirement of Nix. The longtime Eagles boss stepped down after a 13-2 season in 2009, so it makes sense that there would be a dip for the program without such a strong head coach running the show.
But just the opposite has taken place. With Kevin Kinsler as their head coach, the Eagles have gone 30-0 in the regular season the past three years. They lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2010 and in the semifinals the past two seasons.
Those losses were disappointing, for sure, and the Eagles definitely want to win more state titles, but fans can really hope for is for their team to be in the hunt. What happens from there is tough to predict. The playoffs offer just too many unknowns for teams and fans to expect to win state titles. The Eagles are certainly in the hunt every year, and that hasn’t changed with Kinsler as their head coach.
That brings us to this year.
Northside has just four returning starters on each side of the ball from last year’s team, which had 38 seniors. It might seem to be a daunting task to keep the streak going with so many new faces taking over key roles, and that might be true for any other program. But with Northside, it just seems that the strong years, and the double-digit wins, will keep coming.
There’s really no reason to believe otherwise.
Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org