CAYUGA, Ind. — One of the biggest challenges for the North Vermillion Falcons football team might be remaining humble.
It’s not that head coach Brian Crabtree has issues with his team’s character, but too much success can sometimes have a reverse affect.
So far, Crabtree has had his team under control. In his 19 games as head coach at North Vermillion, he has yet to lose a regular season contest, and his teams have won 17 consecutive regular season games in a row. The latest came on Friday in a 39-0 win over Rockville.
“I think our kids believe in our team,” Crabtree said. “We all believe in each other. Any time you are in that kind of situation, the real battle is to maintain humility. Nights like tonight helped that a little bit because it wasn’t a runaway, and we had to work really hard.
“I think we were reminded how vulnerable we are every time we step onto the field, potentially. We’re grateful every time we win, but we have to remain humble. Just stay humble.”
Though the win didn’t feel like a runaway to the North Vermillion coaching staff, the Falcons did little wrong. They never turned the ball over and racked up 433 yards behind the offensive line of Zeth Jumps, Kaleb Hill, Robbie Davis, Ethan Kunkle, and Lucas Clark. On defense, the Falcons forced Rockville (5-2 overall, 4-1 in the Wabash River Conference) to cough the ball up twice and turn it over on downs two times.
“I thought the defense overall did some nice things,” Crabtree said. “I think we can play better. I think on the offensive side, as well, I think we can play better than what we did in the first half. I felt like the second half was a lot more of our style of football.”