Today at noon, South Bend St. Joseph will play for State for the first time since winning it all in 1995. The Indians will face the defending state champions, Indy Chatard.
Some say 12 years isn't a long time.
But it certainly is for members of the current St. Joe Indians football team.
After all, the last time their school won state, junior running back Dustin White was in kindergarten, he was playing tee ball, and he wasn't big enough yet to play football.
“5 years old? I can’t remember what I was 5-years-old,” White jokingly said. “I guess I was playing baseball. Other than that, I really don’t know what was going on then.”
Jordan Taylor was 6. He was playing pee wee football.
Taylor was actually at the state final game because his brother played in it. But don’t ask him about his memories.
“I remember things from when I was 6 years old, but for some reason I don’t remember too much of that,” Taylor said.
“Might have been a concussion from freshman year,” Taylor continued with a laugh. “I was there though. I just don’t remember any of it.”
The Indians head coach, Kevin Downey, was there too.
He was an assistant coach, but he was just 21 back then. And he was a lot different than the man that is now a teacher and a father.
“I’m a lot different than I was 21,” Downey said. “A couple of big changes—the experience. But really to be honest—getting married.”
“I married a religion teacher so I’m a lot more spiritual even a couple of years ago.”
Downey says the 2007 Indians are very much like the 95 team--a very close tight knit group.
And there was another major similarity.
“We were kind of underdogs going into both. In ’95, we did a great job of shocking Jasper and hopefully in 2007, we can shock Chatard.”