There's Eagle fever in Bladen County and it appears to be spreading. The East Bladen Eagle football team is just one day away from playing for the state championship in Raleigh. There's no doubt the East Bladen football players are excited about playing in the 1-AA state championship game on Saturday. The 14-1 Eagles will face perennial power Thomasville in Raleigh. East Bladen head coach Lenon Fisher says momentum is definitely on his team's side. “Our players are playing well right now. They're on a mission. They seem to have their heads in the right place. They have a lot of enthusiasm and I just think we're going to go up there and play well.” Last Friday in the eastern title game, East Bladen knocked off Ayden-Grifton 35-13. Coach Fisher has the Eagles in the playoffs year after year, but he's never won a state title despite 29 seasons as the East Bladen head coach. “It's not about Lenon Fisher. It's about those kids. I want it for them more than I want it for myself. This team has been has been telling me since last year that they're going to go to the state championship and bring it home. I think our seniors, Dajour Smith, James Hatcher, Lamar Monroe, Quinn Lancaster… I could go on and on. They have stepped up. They have led the team and they have done what it takes to get there and stay focused and they've kept everything in perspective.” The Eagles seem to be living a dream. Here's hoping that dream has a happy ending Saturday night. WWAY will have all the highlights on the 11pm newscast on Saturday.
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