Warsaw and Wawasee ready to battle for the W Trophy

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email
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This week the Martin's Spotlight Game of the Week is the Warriors of Wawasee visiting the Warsaw Tigers. Last year the Warriors held on to a 14-13 win to keep the W trophy in their school for the third straight year.

This season Warsaw enters the game 4-2 just one win out of first place in the Northern Lakes Conference. While Wawasee is just 3-3 but coming of two big wins against Northwood and Plymouth.

With the schools just miles a part some of the athletes grew up in the same neighborhood as one another and they know all about the bragging rights that are on the line.

"This is a big rivalry," Wawasee junior quarterback Gage Reinhard said. "This is county teams playing against each other. I mean we will see these guys at Wal-Mart when we go there. Its pretty much bragging rights with that W trophy."

Warsaw players see it exactly the same way. "There is definitely bragging rights on the line," Warsaw senior wide out Tanner Balazs said. "It is fun going out and playing with a lot of guys you know, especially from different sports and different things like that." He added "You know you are going to see them later on in the year so it is good to look back and say that you got them in football season."

The Tigers are looking for a big win to keep them in the mix for a Northern Lakes Conference title. Their head coach, Phil Jensen, doesn't want his team dwelling on last years loss and instead focusing on what is at stake Friday night.

"Last year is last year," Jensen said. "They are on a role. They had a big win at Plymouth last week. We are coming off a good win at Goshen. For us it is about staying in the hunt for a conference championship. "

Wawasee head coach Josh Ekovich says the battle for the W Trophy is something they always look forward and expects another great game this Friday.

"Like any NLC game the team that hits the hardest and wins the turnover battle is usually the team that wins," Ekovich said. "I expect a physical football game, a passionate football game, and a game that hopefully a lot of fans will come out and watch."

Kickoff Friday night is set for 7:30 p.m.

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