This week the Martin's Spotlight Game of the Week features Concord hosting Mishawaka in a rematch of one of last years 5A Semi-State games. In 2012 it was the Cavemen coming out on top 24-21 on a last second field goal to win.
"Last year's last year but it was neat for our kids to experience that and they understand what playing Concord is about," Cavemen coach Bart Curtis explains.
This year the two teams meet with a 5A Regional title on the line.
The Minutemen enter the game with a record of 9-2 after allowing just 7 points in their last three games. Fortunately for them so far this post season they haven't had to do much traveling. In the first two rounds of the playoffs they have faced Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central. This week they are home facing another area opponent.
"It is nice playing local teams," Concord head coach Tim Dawson said. "You are not on the road a lot and that has been kind of nice. I am glad the game is home." He added, "I think it is a tribute to the kind of football that is played in this area. There are a lot of successful teams, coaches, and players that work hard and put a lot of time in."
However, coach Dawson isn't so sure the familiarity and close proximity to Mishawaka will provide his team with any kind of leg up.
"When you play a team like Mishawaka there are no advantages, somebody else maybe but not them," Coach Dawson said with a chuckle. "Simply because what the do offensively certainly presents a lot of problems. I know our defensive coaches haven't slept a lot this week. I have a lot of respect for them. Their kids play hard and I know they are going to have a great scheme."
Concord's senior class certainly hasn't forgot about the loss last year at home that ended their season. This time they get a chance to return to Semi-State with a victory over the Cavemen.
"We have experience with them," senior center Ethan Beabout said. "Our defense is experienced with that type of offense so we are prepared."
Beabout also added that he and the rest of the senior class still have bigger goals in mind this year. "Our team is really grouped around us and wants to keep going all the way to state and finish this off."
On the Mishawaka said, they know stop the Concord offensive attack led by quarterback Trevor Willmore won't be easy either.
"They're really good and they have alot of weapons. It starts with [Willmore] but Pointdexter is fast, Glanders can catch anything near him," Curtis says. "They have a couple of great running backs so it isn't just [Willmore] but it starts with him."
Kickoff at Concord High School is set for 7 p.m. this Friday.