For 22 years the East Lawrence football program has had to live with a losing streak hanging over their heads like a rainy cloud.
Friday night that cloud evaporated as East Lawrence took down county foe R.A. Hubbard on the road 47-0, snapping the 22 year losing skid and throwing it in the trash where it now belongs.
"This means the world to me, obviously I'm real emotional right now," said senior Hunter Letson, who has been through his fair share of rough seasons as an East Lawrence Eagle. "We've been through the ringer and this group of seniors said 'we're going to change this place.' My dad was on that last team in 1997 and I've got family coming up so this is really special to me. I'm so proud of our team and I couldn't be more proud to be an East Lawrence Eagle."
The raw emotion from Letson after the game showed, not only how much the win meant, but what they had gone through to get here.
Head coach James Moore came in the spring of 2018 and all year has stated that his team was tired of being looked at as losers.
They won't have that problem anymore.
"When I took the job this is what I envisioned," Moore said. "We've had glimpses of it, but tonight it really came together."
The Eagles got it going on the first drive when Isaih Hubbard connected with Nate Tucker for a 14 yard score.
The Hubbard to Tucker connection proved to be fruitful as the two came together again for a 60 yard score to make it 14-0.
Senior running back Dylan Hunter, a candidate for county offensive player of the year, couldn't miss out on the fun as he scored two touchdowns, from 11 and 3 yards out, to make it 28-0 at halftime.
Levi Barnes and Hunter Letson added scores in the second half and East Lawrence went on to win running away 47-0.
Even in defeat, Hubbard head coach Mac Hampton, an East Lawrence graduate and a member of that 1997 East Lawrence team, the last to have a winning season, had to give credit to the Eagles.
"I hate to lose, but as an East Lawrence alumni I will always be proud of my school," he told the team after the game. "So from an Eagle to an Eagle, congratulations on this win."
The win begins a new era of Eagle football and, as head coach Moore puts it, "this isn't the same East Lawrence football anymore."
"We expect to win now," Moore said. "We came out tonight expecting to win and going forward, every time we step out on that field, we will expect to win."
Many might have said that Moore didn't know what he was getting into when he took the job, but that's not the way he views it.
"These kids have bought in to everything I've asked them to do," Moore said. "I give all the Glory to God and I thank him so much for allowing me to be the coach of this football team."