Take a look at the Fairfield football roster and one thing sticks out.
NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State sophomore wide receiver Spencer Schnell has been named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.
INDIANAPOLIS — Five players from Elkhart Truth area schools, including two from NorthWood, have been accorded Associated Press Indiana All-State Football first-team honors.
INDIANAPOLIS — Concord's Cedric Mitchell and Penn's Paul Moala have been chosen among the state's Top 50 high school players for 2016 by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.
ELKHART — Eight players from league champion and Class 4A state runner-up NorthWood are among 33 individuals who have been named All-Northern Lakes Conference in football, as chosen by NLC coaches.
INDIANAPOLIS — A common question among media covering NorthWood football for the first time during postseason was the one asking whether Brayton Yoder and Bronson Yoder are related.
INDIANAPOLIS — NorthWood senior Drew Minnich was proud to win the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award at the conclusion of the Class 4A title game.
NAPPANEE — Nate Andrews wouldn't mind if his NorthWood football players already owned a bit more acclimation to Lucas Oil Stadium — like, say, maybe as much as his 7-year-old daughter, Viviana — but he's hopeful they won't be too in awe of the venue and the circumstances for Friday's Class 4…
NAPPANEE — Although he graduated last spring, Tucker White is having an impact on the 2016 NorthWood football team's trip to the Class 4A state championship game.
LOWELL — Even by ordinary standards, and monstrously more so by their own, Trey Bilinski and Bronson Yoder put up some eerie-bad, seemingly flame-out numbers Friday at The Inferno.
LOWELL — “It’s the greatest feeling in the world. I don’t know how to describe it other than that,’’ NorthWood quarterback Trey Bilinski proclaimed after he and the Panthers escaped the windy Inferno with a chilling 21-14 victory over Lowell in Friday’s rugged semistate football championship.
MISHAWAKA – When Penn senior Matt Kominkiewicz saw his best friend, John Ohlson, go down in the Kingsmen's second football game of the season, he assumed it was a bone bruise and that Ohlson would be back in quickly.
NAPPANEE — Early in the 2015 high school football season, NorthWood quarterback Trey Bilinski got a double dose of reality when he was sidelined by a shoulder injury and watched then-freshman Bronson Yoder take control of the Panther offense.
NAPPANEE — Nate Andrews knows what to expect when his unbeaten and No. 2-ranked NorthWood football team travels to Lowell on Friday with a berth in the Class 4A state championship on the line.
NAPPANEE — Blessed with both size and athleticism, New Haven, according to NorthWood coach Nate Andrews, is a high school football team that can strike awe in an opponent.
Urston Smith was being as strong as possible for his 16-year-old sister Morgan and 10-year-old brother Tony prior to their mother's funeral last Friday at Community Mission Baptist Church in Elkhart.
NAPPANEE — As high school football programs go, NorthWood puts out an impressively thorough season statistical report each week, one that is typed, tabulated and includes five pages that detail the Panthers' offensive exploits, team-wise and individually.
MISHAWAKA — In the heat of August, the football teams from Penn and Crown Point got together for a scrimmage to work out the kinks and get ready for the 2016 season.
NAPPANEE — Coaches love a sure thing, or at least a seemingly sure thing. Maybe that's why most of them opt to try for one point rather than two points on a conversion most of the time after their teams score a touchdown.
OSCEOLA — Led by two-position selection Jakob Maxwell, Osceola Grace has placed several players on the All-Great Lakes Christian Athletic Conference high school football team for 2016.
NorthWood football victories keep coming, and with them, those postgame on-field huddles that include players, parents, students, cheerleaders and other fans keep growing in numbers and revelry.
GARRETT — Without leading tackler Nic Weiss, Jimtown football coach Mike Campbell knew his defense would be tested by a strong Garrett running game as the teams matched up in a Class 3A sectional championship Friday.
KENDALLVILLE — NorthWood's offense put on another show, and yet its defense somehow stole the show on a night the Panthers cracked 50 points for the seventh time this season.
As NorthWood football coach Nate Andrews answered a question moments after last week's sectional semifinal win over Northridge — that question regarding DeAndre Smart catching a whopping eight first-half passes for 113 yards — it became clear that even Andrews can't always keep full track wh…
LAPORTE — Penn football is tough enough to encounter when you're at full strength, but the No. 8-ranked LaPorte Slicers will be without standout fullback Chris Juskiewicz when they host the No. 2-ranked Kingsmen in Friday's Class 6A sectional championship at Kiwanis Field.
Dave Sharpe seems to be emulating his legendary father in many ways, and doesn't mind admitting it, from the career path he's following, to embracing the inherent value of a career in education, to the dedication he's pouring into his efforts, right on down to the X's and O's of his football teams.
NAPPANEE — Brayton Yoder ripped off NorthWood's longest offensive play of the night in a 44-13 Class 4A sectional semifinal win over Northridge on Friday at Andrews Field.
ELKHART — As the opening kickoff of Friday's Jimtown-Heritage sectional football game slipped through Dakota Pratt's arms and landed on the ground with a thud, quick visions of doom likely ran through the minds of Jimmie supporters.
Overtime wasn’t enough time for Northridge and Wawasee to settle their differences. They meet again when Indiana high school football sectionals kick off around the area Friday evening.
Onward to the unforgiving, no-reprieve portion of the high school football season, also known as the one-and-done segment if that one happens to be a loss.