High school football team wins 1st district championship in 50 years

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - All signs point to a tiny town bursting at the seams with pride.

"In the 50 year, over 50 year history of the district this is our first district championship," says Wade Steinhoff, the Orchard Farm assistant Superintendant.

That's why there were a lot of high fives for all the first downs this team has achieved this season.

"It's my first year as head coach and our team's first year winning a district title," says Eric Schroer, the Orchard Farm head football coach.

But, the first timers needed a first class ride to Friday's class three quarterfinal in California, Missouri.

"Our football alumni chipped in and got us a charter for today's game," says Schroer.  "The alumni, community has been behind us the whole way and it`s been awesome."

Before this season, the biggest thing that happened at this football field was the flood of 1993.

"The Prince of Luxembourg heard about Orchard Farm after the flood of '93 and he came out with his delegates," says Steinhoff.  "They surveyed the area and decided that they wanted to contribute to the rebuilding of that field."

21 years later these eagles are soaring as classmates cheered them on before their drive to the big game.

"Do you make them watch "Hoosiers" or "Rudy,"" asks Patrick Clark.

"No, we try to stay away from that," says Schroer. "You know I think what the coaches and adults relate to isn't always what the kids relate to.  So we try to encourage them to step up and be vocal and lead each other."

But on this afternoon, the most vocal supporters were these orchard farm elementary and middle school students.

And who knows, with a wing and a prayer, these eagles might just have a shot at a state championship.