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Streak-buster months in the making

Any history behind North Side's 19-16 win over Snider on Friday began last December. The Redskins broke a 21-year drought to the Panthers but the groundwork was laid during Christmas Break.

North Side coach Ryan Hall said 20-30 players came in during the winter vacation to work out and began preparation for the 2011 season. It also was at that time the team put a sign up in the locker room that read 9-23-11, the date of Friday's historic win.

"This is what we have been waiting for and working for," Hall said. "I am not taking anything away from Dwenger and Luers, but Snider is in the sectional, and they keep on winning the sectional so we wanted to see where we stand sectional-wise.

"To think that North Side Redskins could compete and win this game … if you would have told me that a couple of years ago, I don't know if I would have believed you. They believed in this 100 percent, so they have confidence."

North Side (5-1, 4-0 SAC) has already defeated the Saints 26-16 this year and will play the Knights on Friday.

But beating the Panthers will probably go down as the memorable win of this season.

"All summer we worked as hard as we could," North Side junior running back Anthony Linnear said of moving toward the goal of ending a 26-game losing streak to Snider. "Now we just have to keep moving. The season isn't over, and we can't underestimate any team."

North Side clinched the win with a late goal-line stand and even wouldn't let a post-game short melee spoil things.

"They are a very talented team and played very hard," Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said of North Side. "They are well deserving of this win."

Snider fell to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.