NorthWood looking to get its Lucas Oil feel on

Elkhart Truth photo/Sam HouseholderNorthWood receiver DeAndre Smart tries to break away from an East Noble defender during the game Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

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 4A state championship against No. 1-ranked Indianapolis Roncalli in the Rebels' hometown.

"I lived in the Indianapolis area for eight years, and now that I'm back (in Nappanee), it's so different," Andrews said this week of northern exposure to the State Finals. "It's such a community event here to make it to the state championship. It is a much, much bigger deal. For eight years, I was able to go to any state championship, buzz there and buzz home. You can take the family any time."

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