SOUTH BEND (WNDU) - This week Newscenter 16's spotlight game is the Holy War between the Marian Knights and the Saint Joseph Indians.
There is a ton riding on this game for both teams. It's a chance to win a game against their rival and to remain undefeated to go 3-0.
But the Indians have some extra incentive for this week's game. That's because last Friday night, St. Joe senior defensive lineman Josh Crudup went down with a non-contact injury in the Indians game vs Northridge.
Crudup had to be wheeled off the field on a stretcher and the Indians are dedicating this week's game to him.
"We have to play for him," senior Austin Lee said. "He left his guts out on the field. He played his last play for us last Friday and we just need to do this all for him. I need to go three times as hard with him. That dude, he just laid everything out on the field every play. He was just the most motivational guy on the field. We just have to do what he did on the field and just leave our guts out."
"I think it's a big deal to him because he's not going to be able to be on the field," senior Trevor Gichachi said. "I think it would make him feel better if we got the W."
We are told that Crudup will be on the St. Joseph sidelines for the Holy War. He went home Wednesday and is in good spirits. It is very unlikely he plays for the rest of the season.