DETROIT (WNDU) - The Edwardsburg Eddies won their first state championship in school history Friday night.
The Eddies defeated the Chelsea Bulldogs 28-7 in the Division 4 State Championship.
Having lost the state title last year, head coach Kevin Bartz has been working 365 days for this moment.
"I guess I attribute it to we talked about being here last year and the kids spending literally 365 days, when this group walked out of here last year, the juniors that are seniors now they said listen, 'our goal is to get back here,' " Eddies head coach Kevin Bartz said. "They did all of the extra things in the weight room. They did all of the extra conditioning. They are a smart group of kids. They're a well-disciplined group of kids. We've got a great program development with our coaches at the younger level. So I kind of attribute it to a little bit of everything."
For the senior captains, many of them unable to hold back their emotions.
"It feels great," Eddies defensive lineman Noah Carrico said. "I mean we set this goal coming off of last year and 365 days later, we were able to accomplish it. There's nothing better than that. Doing it in front of our fans and our town it's just great."
"I love this team so much," Eddies quarterback Tre Harvey said. "We're a great group of family. We worked hard. We worked days and nights together just to fight for this chance to win and to be the first team in our history to win the state final."
"I'll remember this team forever," Eddies running back Caden Goggins said. "We're all brothers. We've been working as a family and it's just awesome."