LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The McCutcheon Unified Football Team is off to the state championship game for the second consecutive season.
But this time the Mavericks have some unfinished business as they were state runner-up a season ago.
The school came together Friday afternoon to celebrate McCutcheon's success ahead of its match-up with Fort Wayne Carroll Saturday at noon.
Head coach Cory Rush spoke less about the team's winning ways Friday and more about the way the group has represented McCutcheon this season.
"The last thing I will tell them before the game is, 'Hey, win or lose, just play hard, have fun, you guys have represented the school in an amazing way,'" said Rush. "We had so many people from last week's game tell us how impressed they were with our kids, just the way they carried themselves. It means a lot to get emails from people that I don't even know that are telling me, 'Hey we like the way your kids play and the way they carry themselves,' and they wished us the best of luck at state."
Jhmarion Mallett is a McCutcheon student and a member of this year's state qualifying team. Mallett said the result on the scoreboard Saturday will mean a lot less than being a part of a special group of people.
"It's actually nice, to give people opportunities to like play games, have fun, be with their friends, get that in game experience and stuff like that, so it's very nice, and I would do it again."