Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Harpursville football team finds itself in first place in their division after beating perennial powerhouse Walton on Saturday.
But that win meant much more to the team than the division lead.
In this week's Action Sports spotlight, Gabe Osterhout tells us the win broke a decades long streak for the Hornets.
But breaking the streak isn't enough for this year's team.
It's a streak that dates back to before any of this year's roster was even alive.
"We're sick of hearing about the 27 years and non-stop losing. We don't want to hear it anymore," says senior Dusty Carroll.
For 27 consecutive seasons, the Harpursville Hornets varsity football team has not posted a winning record.
It's the longest current streak in all of section four.
The last time the Hornets celebrated a winning season was 1984.
"These people have been very patient for a winner. I was three years old the last time we had a winning team here and it's been something people have waited a long time for," says coach Tim Petras.
This season started off with a 14-7 loss at home to Spencer Van-Etten.
And it looked like the streak would continue.
"We're very hungry. We've been hearing about that since we were little kids. Harpursville's no good. We're going to get the crap kicked out of us but it's different this year," says junior fullback Andrew Kimmel.
That loss was followed up by four straight wins.
And brought the promise of a winning season.
Heading into Saturday's game, the team was 4 and 1.
All it needed to do was beat Walton, a team that owns Section 4s longest streak of consecutive winning seasons at 29.
And who has a hall of fame coach.
"I can't have any more respect for Walton and Coach Hoover and the team they have. They always come to play and they're a first class team all the way," Petras says.
The Hornets fell behind 8-0 in the first half, but then they started coming back.
Late in the 4th quarter, it was a tie game and they were facing a 4th and two.
Coach Tim Petras called a sweep to running back Steven Lee who ended up taking it all the way for the game winning touchdown.
That win punched Harpursville's ticket to the playoffs and also secured their first winning season in nearly three decades.
"Yes sir...my senior year...breaking the 27 years streak...that's crazy...it's amazing," says senior Mason Dean.
"More than we could have dreamed of. It just means so much to these guys and I can't express how proud of them I am," says Petras.
The win also may have ended Walton's winning streak.
Now that the streak is broken, you'd think it would be time to celebrate and the players would be happy with their successful season.
If so, you'd be wrong.
"Getting the playoffs is one thing. Winning the division is another. Getting a banner in that gym that's never been there before...that would be something special," Dean says.
Even if the team doesn't get the banner it's shooting for, they can still hold their heads high, knowing they accomplished something that 27 previous classes have failed to do...restore the pride in the Harpursville Football program.
In Harpursville, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.