ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WAVY) – Following her football team’s win over Kinston High School a week ago, Northeastern High School’s principal Angela Cobb addressed the players, and had only one thing to say.
“This is your time,” she said.
On Friday night, the Eagles (13-0) will play South Onslow in the North Carolina 2A state semifinal, two wins from the first state title in school history.
“It’s so scary to think about right now,” said head coach Antonio Moore. “I can’t even tell you how I feel and what to say about it.”
Moore and his Eagles have seen their share of heartbreak over the years. His team made it all the way to the championship game for the first time ever in 2010, but fell short. They advanced to the state semifinal in 2014 and 2015, and have been eliminated in the third round the past two seasons.
His team- and the Elizabeth City community- are hoping the heartbreak ends in less than two weeks.
“(The community has) been disappointed so many years,” said Moore. “Right now, (the community) wants a championship,” said Moore.”
His team seems poised and talented enough to bring it home. The Eagles’ defense has allowed a grand total of 13 points through the last five games, and have pitched shutouts in the last two.
The defensive front is led by ends Adrian Spellman and Jorell Baum. Baum is committed to play at Old Dominion, and chose the Monarchs over East Carolina and Tennessee, while Spellman has received offers from ECU as well as Duke and North Carolina.
“It would be nice to finally make history and be legends,” said Baum.
Still with work to do, the Eagles have made an impact in the community, far beyond the product they’ve produced on the field. “(The team has) visited residents in nursing homes, they’ve helped deliver turkey dinner on Thanksgiving as a team,” said Cobb.
“Coach Moore and his staff really emphasize family.”
Northeastern is celebrating it’s 50th year. The Eagles are two wins from giving their school- and Elizabeth City- one heck of a present.