Underwood senior football class ready for state championship on FridayUnderwood, MN (WDAY TV) - This holiday season may mean even more in Underwood this year, where the football team has reached the state championship game for the first time and Friday will end a mission that began for these players five years ago.
By: Eric Manlove, WDAY
Underwood, MN (WDAY TV) - This holiday season may mean even more in Underwood this year, where the football team has reached the state championship game for the first time and Friday will end a mission that began for these players five years ago.
When the Underwood senior class was 12-years-old, they did something special.
Max Kollar/Underwood Sr. OL/LB: “We went undefeated in our 7th grade season, and we had a really good year and our coach was like hey guys lets bury a state medal and when you guys make it to the state title game we will come back out and dig it up.”
So today they dig it up.
Leroy Hauge/Underwood Sr. TE/DE: “That medal back when we where 12 years old was something that we where just going to bury because we had a great season that year and never did I think we would be this far for my senior year at least.
Aaron Thompson/Underwood Sr. WR/DB: “Just to see full circle, how are football careers have started even at that point, I mean now, we were good at that point but now but I don't think any of us could have ever pictured being as far as we are now.”
This is the first time in school history for any team to make the title game.
But don't make any mistakes about it the Rockets aren't just going there to make the appearance.
Austin Montgomery/Underwood Sr. RB/LB: “It's unbelievable, not only does it mean everything to us as a team but to the whole community, all the alumni, everyone around in our area is just filtered on this idea that we'll be the first team hopefully to be a state championship football team.”
Adam Creek/Underwood Sr. QB/DB: “We got a few wins under our belt that have helped us get the idea that we know we can go stop anyone else out there.”
Thompson: “It's not just nine guys out there on the field, you got a whole sideline behind you and you've got a community behind you. You drive around the streets of Underwood and the support is incredible so you are not just facing nine of us at a time you are facing a heck of a lot more than that.”
A dream that started as just seventh graders, now with a chance to become reality.
We'll be in Minneapolis beginning on Friday for coverage of Underwood's game with Grand Meadow and Saturday as Mahnomen matches up with Dawson-Boyd.