For the first time since 1999, Marian is playing for a football regional championship.
Senior standout Michael Whitfield is a major reason why. After all, he holds just about every Marian scoring record; but he doesn't care about that.
"it feels good but unless we get down to Lucas Oil (state finals), none of those records mean anything," Whitfield explains.
It's that humble, selfless attitude that makes Number Five so loved. Heck, one Marian student even had a sign saying, "Marry me Michael Whitfield."
"He doesn't make it about him," says Marian coach Reggie Glon. "He makes sure he gives credit to the other guys in the program. He doesn't put himself up on a pedestal and the student body and the rest of the team appreciate that."
"He's outstanding," explains Marian junior and longtime friend Dominic Ravotto. "It's great to see him in the record books at Marian. Hope he continues our success and leads us down to state."
Make no mistake--Whitfield can play. And in this post-season run, you can see the determination, especially in his eyes. He has no intentions of being stopped. He doesn't want this run with this group at this school to end.
"I've been coming to Marian games since I was little," Whitfield says. "Freshman year when we all got together, our seniors right now--we all wanted one goal when we were seniors and right now we're going through that. So it feels great."
After high school, Whitfield's goal is to play at the Division One level. Surprisingly he doesn't have an offer yet but he knows each week is an opportunity.
"If he keeps having the type of games he had Friday night, he'll be playing at somewhere on the highest level," Glon states.
"it motivates you a little bit when you want to prove to people you can play at the next level but it comes down to just winning games right now," Whitfield says.
The next game to win--versus Heritage Friday night at 7:30 at Otolski Field.