The Concord football team will play for a Semi-State Championship for the 2nd year in a row Friday night when they go on the road to Westfield.
After coming up short in this very game last year, the Minutemen are hoping to book their ticket to Lucas Oil Stadium and the state finals with a win.
"I think its special any time you can take a team to play in the state championship," Concord coach Tim Dawson explains. "The Semi-State, no doubt I've talked to coaches and we experienced it last year, that its the toughest because you are literally knocking on the door and where we are going we are a heartbeat away from there. It's a great opportunity and that's all you can ask for because not many high school kids get these opportunities."
Dawson's Minutemen reached the state finals back in 2006. That was the last time any team from Elkhart County made it to the championship game. But Concord knows it won't be easy. Westfield has lost just one game all season and dominated Fort Wayne Snider in Regionals.
"We've watched film of Westfield and they are big and good and there is a reason why they are 11-1," Dawson says. "They have a great football team and very similar to us--they are going to line up in shotgun and spread you out. They have a great running back and some big lineman to run behind and their defense is big and fast so we will have our hands full but that's why you play the game."
Concord and Westfield will kickoff at 7:30 Friday night down near Indianapolis.