Juniata College Set for Historic Game

Juniata College Set for Historic Game

Eagles to play first postseason game since 1973.
HUNTINGDON - History is being made here as the Juniata College football team has advanced beyond the regular season for just the third time ever.

“It's a fairy tale,” junior quarterback Ward Udinski says.

One four decades in the making.
For the first time since 1973, the Juniata Eagles are practicing for a postseason game.

“It's definitely been really special,” senior center Zack Doyle says.

They'll play Saturday in Reading, Pa. against Albright College in the ECAC Southwest Bowl.

“It's a reward for this team,” Juniata head coach Tim Launtz says. “Nothing's given to you in life, everything you have to earn. And they've earned this opportunity.”

Launtz's team got here by winning seven games, the most for Juniata since 1990.
Area athletes dot the roster. In all, 20 Eagles players are from Central PA high schools.

“We've been confident all year,” says junior linebacker Ethan Wilt, an Altoona High grad. “We've got seven wins to our name. We have one more game, so why not win it?”

For a senior class that went from zero wins in their freshman year to one win as sophomores, three wins in their junior year, and now a postseason game, they hope that this is a springboard for the future as opposed to just a finish line for the program.

“Just to see the transformation of the team,” says Doyle, who played his high school football at Bellwood-Antis. “It's not even the ability it's the attitude we have. It's a complete turn around.”

“This would be big,” adds senior defensive lineman Jared Shope of Altoona, “just to continue to add onto the legacy of this year's team.”

In this last week, the Eagles’ practices have been as intense as ever.
None of the players quite ready for the final whistle to blow on the season.
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