BELLE GLADE — Senior fullback Cross Onega, one of six captains on the team this year, has mixed emotions as his high school playing career comes to an end in the next few weeks.
Onega said he has enjoyed playing with his teammates and going to school at the Belle Glade High School.
“I feel like my career has been pretty successful. I think the offensive line did a good job blocking for me. I think I’ve progressed and improved since the beginning of this season,” he added.
Onega does well in the classroom and plans to attend the University of Florida next year and study engineering. His parents are Cherish and Jhonny Onega.
He said he and his father would toss the football around in the yard when he was a young kid. That instilled an interest in the game and he decided to try it out. He went on to play in the Belle Glade City Youth League for the Eagles for a couple of years and moved on to play high school football.
“I hope people remember that I was a hard working player who put my work in the weight room and gave my all when I was on the field,” he noted.
Onega said one of his fondest memories about football will be his first high school rushing touchdown against Somerset Academy.
He said he always liked and respected his teammates, “All of us are friends and we’ve been here at Glades Day for a long time. I feel our chemistry on the field is great, we communicate well and we execute our assignments.”
His advice to younger players is to execute your assignment, learn from your mistakes and give a full effort out on the field. He noted a big part of football is the work you put in lifting weights and getting stronger.
“Always keep your head up, follow your dreams, put your work in, and you’ll be successful,” Onega added.
He also thanked the fans of the Gators for their support and hopes the team can bring them a championship this year.