Previous game experience at Lucas Oil Stadium to help Penn Saturday

Penn shoots for its 6th state championship Saturday night but first since 2000 when it face Carmel in the 5A Title game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It's the Kingsmen's first trip to the championship game since 2003--which they lost. That means, most of the players were 10 or younger when Penn last made it to the Dome.

Of course, that was another Dome. While this will be Penn's first state championship game in Lucas Oil Stadium, it won't be their first game playing there.

The Kingsmen battled Ben Davis at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2010.

"I think it's big especially playing a team like Carmel who lives there and they're there all the time," Penn coach Cory Yeoman says. "Some of our kids go down there for Colts games, but playing there last year was a big big help for us."

"When you walk into Lucas Oil Stadium, you are amazed at how big it is and that you are playing at the Colts Stadium," senior linebacker Sam Laidig says. "Since most of our team has been there already, it's going to help--you're not so amazed at playing at the stadium--you'll actually concentrate on just playing."

"Oh--it's definitely a different environment," admits senior quarterback Chad Gindelberger. "The feel of it--you know you are in a pro stadium. It's the coolest thing ever."

"I think playing there last year, let us see it--get the jitters out. We know where we're going, where we're playing. It's nothing new, and no one is going to be caught up in that moment."

Penn (14-0) faces Carmel (13-1) at 7pm Saturday night.


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