Winamac, Ind. Just one hour before kickoff of the 1A Semi-State, Winamac coach Tim Roth was the first to admit the emotions are high.
Roth has coached at Winamac for 33 years. His only other trip to Semi-state was in 2000, when his son Tyler was the team's star running back.
Just a few months after that 2000 game, Tyler was killed in a car accident on his way to baseball practice.
Coach Roth says this year's team has brought up memories of Tyler again and that's special.
The one thing Tyler's team wasn't about to do was win semi-state and advance to the state finals.
The Warriors look to do that at 7:30 vs Tri-Central. And if Winamac wins, all the players will run behind the end zone. And ring the bell that remembers Tyler Roth. It sits above the statue of Tyler.
This is high school football. And in the small town of Winamac, this is family.