The Central Golden Eagles were no doubt the most impressive team in the AA Conference in the 2015 high school football season. However, their 9-1 record on their way to a Western Mass Title by no means tells the whole story.
Central's ability to make plays in the moments when they matter the most and has proven why they're the top team in Division II. That was most clearly seen in their title game victory over the defending champion Longmeadow Lancers. Finding themselves down by one point, after a wild comeback by the Lancers, the Golden Eagles calmly responded on the very first play of their next drive, as Coreese Everett took a screen pass and turned it into what would be the game-winning score.
"Any type of situation we're in, we just try to stay focused, try to stay patient," said wide receiver Isaac Morales. "We wait for opportunities, it's worked out so far."
That perseverance was seen in Week 5, when they stole a game in the final seconds from Minnechaug in Wilbraham, thanks to a touchdown run from Tank Walker.
"They play to the final whistle," said Central head coach Valdamar Brower. "They never gave up on each other."
Now, they face their toughest test of the year, taking on the Central Mass. Division II champions, Nashoba. They come in with a 10-0 record, carried by a stellar defense.
Nonetheless, the Golden Eagles have their eyes on the prize and hope to earn a trip to Gillette Stadium for the State Championship. They'll take on Nashoba at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Westfield State University.
Watch the video above to see how the Golden Eagles are gearing up and tune in to Western Mass News Eleven at 11 to see highlights from Saturday's State Semi-Final match-up.