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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, November 25, 2017 5:10 pm

Woodlan seniors leave legacy

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Woodlan football senior class went 12-3, 10-1 and 13-1 for a combined record of 35-5 the last three years.

This record includes two ACAC conference titles, two sectional titles, two regional titles and a semistate crown.

Despite falling 15-14 at the Class 2A state championship game to Southridge, coach Sherwood Haydock knows the team will look back on the season with fond memories.

"They'll get over it," he said following the loss. "They'll look back, look at the pictures they've taken. We had a whirlwind week (heading into state), but it was fun. We didn't embarrass ourselves. (Southridge) had to make big plays to beat us and they don't make one of those big plays, we win."

The Warriors fell in the semistate game 14-7 to Whiting in the 2015 season and was upset by South Adams in the first round of sectional last year. Despite falling in the ACAC title game against Adams Central this year, the team felt like this season was a success.

"We finally got to one of our goals which was state," quarterback Justin Durkes said. "We wanted to be here for three years and so to come down here and play in this dome and on this turf was big for us.

"We were shaky our sophomore season and we came through. We didn't know each other that well but once we finally figured out who we were and the way we played and how good of a team we could be once we got our head straight, the biggest thing for us was the friendships and we were playing with each other."

Now that the underclassmen have tasted the success, Durkes feels like this year's senior class has passed down valuable lessons.

"I hope (the underclassmen) take away from us that as long as they're working hard in the off-season, putting in the work, doing what they're supposed to do, listening to the coaches, they'll be just fine," he said.