VEEDERSBURG, Ind. —It takes hard work, a lot of time, and a deep level of commitment for a team to continue a legacy that was started decades ago.
It also takes heart. Living up to those very expectations left by the current team’s predecessors might be all it needs to drive the team to success.
The Fountain Central Mustangs could probably win on talent alone, or by being coached up by an experienced staff. But keeping the program’s football tradition alive might give this year’s players all the fight they need.
After two years of failing to hoist a postseason trophy, the Mustangs added another piece of hardware to their trophy case on Friday. But more importantly, they continued the Fountain Central football tradition by winning the program’s ninth sectional title, defeating the Attica Red Ramblers 48-12.
“We’ve talked about tradition here and these kids, whether it was their dads or uncles or brothers and just friends that have played football here,” Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “When it’s your time and you have all of this tradition — and there is a lot of tradition here at Fountain Central through a lot of great, great years, and through the decades. When it’s your chance to come out and play on Friday, this is such a big deal.”
It was the Mustangs’ first sectional title since 2010, and they have found success despite the absence of arguably one of their best players, senior Jack Bolin, who has never played a down this season because of an offseason injury.
Bolin’s presence on both sides of the ball was expected to play a big role in Fountain Central’s success. But with other players stepping up, the Mustangs (11-1) used their defense to advance to a regional game for the fourth time in the last eight years.