CAYUGA, Ind. — There’s no substitute for experience — especially when it comes to the postseason — and the North Vermillion Falcons have had plenty of it in the last two years.
But for the Falcons’ group of seven seniors, they haven’t experienced nearly as much of the postseason as they would like. They have one final opportunity to realize their dreams. That hopeful journey begins on Friday in their first round sectional game against the Rockville Rox (6-3).
The Class A No. 2 Falcons (9-0) have been crowned sectional champs in each of the last two years, and they are primed to make it three in a row. Losing in the regional the last two years, however, has made them hungrier than ever to get that elusive regional trophy.
“That makes us really hungry,” North Vermillion senior quarterback Brayden Woodard said. “We have the chance to do it again and go on further, possibly. We’re very hungry, but we stay humble.
“Since we went through it last year and we got beat in regionals the last two years, we know this is our last chance and we’re going to try our hardest to get to state.”
Standing in their way will be the Rox who will be on a mission to spoil the Falcons’ plans. North Vermillion has won three of the last four meetings in the Wabash River Conference rivalry including a 39-0 win this season on October 4. Still, the Falcons aren’t taking anything for granted.
“Anytime Rockville and North Vermillion play football, it means a little bit more in terms of a rivalry game,” North Vermillion coach Brian Crabtree said. “That helps our kids maintain focus a little bit more. On the other side of it, we also stress a lot the opponent needs to be approached as faceless. In other words, we prepare the same whether we’re playing Rockville and a rivalry, or a team that we’re not necessarily rivals with.”