By Staff Reports
(Victorville)- – A brand new era of Eagles football will begin with the 2013 season as Excelsior Charter High School joins the Desert Mountain League for football only. The Athletic Directors in the DML voted unanimously last Thursday to allow the Eagles to cross league for one year with a probationary status.
Excelsior Charter High School’s football team is playing in the CIF Southern Section 8 Man Division 1 Semi Finals this Friday night. It is their third straight trip to the Semi Final game. They have played in the CIF Championship game in each of the last two seasons, and hope to return to the big game again.
This will be their first attempt at the 11 Man game as they have played 8 man football since 2002. With a 10-1 record this year, the Eagles are 28-8 over the course of the last three seasons, making them one of the most successful programs in the High Desert. The total number of football players in the Eagles program grew by thirty percent this year alone. Because of the outstanding growth of both the school and the numbers in the football program, combined with the recent success of the program, it has become very apparent that making the move to 11 Man football is the best possible scenario for the student athletes.
Head Coach Bill Rivera has led the Eagles program for the last six years. He has also been an 11 Man football coach in the past with stints at both River Valley and Needles high schools. He has been a Head Coach at the 11 Man level for three years before coming to Excelsior. Coach Rivera explains, “When this coaching staff took over the program we had one goal in mind: to develop our program into a dominate force within the 8 man community. I believe that the kids within the program have demonstrated the ability to play with the best that 8 man football has to offer. I feel it is time to take the program to the next level, and make the jump into the 11 man community. I believe we can be competitive in the 11 man arena, and look forward to the challenge that it will bring. I feel this is the best thing for our athletes and for the football program, and am very excited to move forward.”
For more information about Excelsior Charter School, please visit www.excelsior.com.
From Athletic Director Chris Fore: “I’m very thankful to the Desert Mountain League Athletic Directors for giving our kids this opportunity to compete in their league. I know that Excelsior has really enjoyed our time in the 8 man football community. I look forward to the next chapter of Eagles football. I really believe that 11 man football affords more opportunities for our student-athletes and our campus in general, and that is what I’m really looking forward to,” said Athletic Director Chris Fore.
From Superintendent Bill Flynn: “Excelsior’s move to 11-man football is wonderful news. It is a testament to the support of our Board and the great work, dedication and success of our coaches, students and parents. On behalf of our Governing Board, I want to express how proud we are of everyone involved and how excited we are for the students of Excelsior to have this opportunity. Go Eagles!”
From Principal Jess Descalsota: “I am very excited for our football program as they transition from 8 Man to 11 Man football next school year. Congratulations to our athletes and coaches for working hard the past few years, to become one of the elite football programs in the High Desert. I believe that we can compete in the Desert Mountain League and our athletes and coaches will be up to the task.”