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Golden Eagles still have a shot at a great season

By: Joshua Ansley
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There is no one that understands the joy of victory who has not first understood the disappointment of defeat. Now 1-3 in non-league play, the Del Oro High football team has the opportunity to dig deep within itself and overcome what has been a long and difficult beginning to the season. Should the team prevail, and make a legitimate run at the Sierra Foothill League championship, it will be a lesson learned for the critics that claim the team had too high of expectations, and took on too much, too soon. It is odd how we can forget what it takes to succeed. The last Super Bowl the 49ers won was in 1994. That same year the 49ers came out of week five after losing to the Eagles 40-8. It was one of the widest margins the team had ever lost by at Candlestick Park. No doubt there were those who wrote the 49ers off that year, figuring they would lose for a third straight year to the Cowboys, and calling them over-rated and arrogent because of their winning ways in the 80's. Yet, the team picked itself up, learned from its mistakes, and not only overcame the nemesis Cowboys, but went on to win it all. No, the Del Oro football team is not made up of professionals like the 49ers. Nonetheless, the team does include a large group of seniors who understand a thing or two about overcoming challenges. Last year, down 35-7 at halftime in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semi-final against Folsom, Del Oro put together one of the great comebacks in high school football history, storming back with a 36-point second half performance and winning the game 43-42. Don’t count this team out. It has done it before. It can do it again.