Northwood players living out lifelong dream preparing for state finals


It's been more than a decade since an area football team won an Indiana state football title.

Jimtown & NorthWood both accomplished the feat in 2005.

On Friday afternoon, NorthWood will try to repeat it's own program history and be the first team from northern Indiana in 11 years to end the drought.

"It would be awesome," said Panthers quarterback Trey Bilinski. "For this community, for these fans. For all they do for us. They come out and support us all the time."

We're going to have a heck of a crowd down there in Indianapolis, I already know that. Just to bring a state championship back here for them - that would be awesome."

The current Panther players were pretty young the last time NorthWood made the trip to Indy 11 years ago.

But many of them still remember that team. And remember growing up, hoping to one day be where they are now.

"When we we're kids we saw them go to state and its just a dream come true," admits senior Drew Minnich.

"It's incredible. It's an experience we'll never forget."

"These kids are probably partaking in the best week of their lives, " adds coach Nate Andrews, who played in the state title game himself in 1993.

"How fitting is that, that it's Thanksgiving?"

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