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September 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Cleveland takes first big step

Fritz Martin has big plans for the Cleveland High School football team.

After going through his first season without a victory in 2009, Martin focused on making gains during the offseason and had his Eagles participating in camps and scrimmages much of the summer.

He figures last week’s 14-6 victory over Chief Sealth was an indication of a step in the right direction and a reward for the team’s dedication.

The Eagles will go after their second win a row tonight against Ingraham.

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“The first one is always the hardest one to get when you’re a struggling program,” Martin said. “Now, they realize they can win. Now, they believe it for themselves.”

It was quite a scene in the pouring rain at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

Players doused Martin with a bucket of cold water on the sideline as the clock wound down. Lincoln Gordon, one of Cleveland’s stars during the game, ran off the field clutching a trophy that goes to the annual winner of the Eagles-Seahawks game. There was a large celebration in the lockerroom.

“This is where it begins!” Martin shouted to his players. “Don’t feel satisfied!”

Gordon, a senior quarterback, receiver and defensive back, made a big impact for Cleveland with a 51-yard touchdown catch from freshman T.J. Moore, and a devastating hit that broke up a pass on a key play near the end of the game.

“It feels good,” Gordon said. “All that work’s finally paying off. We just want to keep it going now.”

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