It hasn't been easy for senior offensive lineman Anthony Barnes and his teammates. Before the can tackle their opponents on the field, they must tackle financial obstacles off the field.
The Ichabod Crane varsity football is self funded and the only way they can play is if they raise enough money each season.
"We fundraised for this whole program for 4 years since I was a freshman," said Barnes.
"Whatever it takes, whether its weekends, throughout this season we've done a lot of stuff after practice, we'll get done and they'll go out for an hour," said head coach Tim Stewart.
Their fundraising finally paid off. The Riders won their last 2 games to clinch a playoff spot for the 1st team in their 4 year program history.
"I cried after the game because I was just so overjoyed with everything," said Barnes
"The team was just emotional," said senior quarterback Travis Burke. "I've never seen the coaches so proud of us before, we were so proud of ourselves."
That joy is short lived though. The riders will face the reigning three time section II Class B champion Schalmont Sabres on Friday.
"I really want to win this game, I know we are the underdogs by a lot," said Burke.
"The biggest thing that we've tried to do is instill confidence in our guys that anything can happen," said Stewart. "From there we just have to play the perfect game."
The game will be played Friday, October 19th at 7pm at Schalmont.