By Sean Giggy
(WAOW)- Practicing in November is nothing new to the Edgar football team as the Wildcats have reached level four 11 times in their history.
A win Friday would give Edgar its third straight trip to the state championship their opponent, Blair Taylor, on the other hand, will be playing in its first ever level four game.
Edgar coaches and players say having been here before is something that will definitely work to their advantage.
"Once you've been there a few years in a row the kids just become accustomed to the routine, I mean it is a tough grind, it is a long haul," Edgar head coach Jerry Sinz said. "To play 14 games and to play 14 games in as short of a time period, but when they get used to it and you learn how to rest and how to practice it becomes easier."
"Being there and getting the experience and knowing what it's like in the big games, it just plays into your hands, I guess, when teams haven't been there as much," Edgar wide receiver Dakota Heidmann said.
Another team familiar with the big game atmosphere is Colby.
The Hornets reached level four on their way to winning the D-5 state title two years ago.
They kick off at Stiehm Stadium Friday at 7pm against a Bonduel team they have never played in their history.
And with such an unfamiliar opponent, the Hornets know they have to stick to their game and do what they do best.
"No team is going to change their DNA, you know," Colby head coach Jeff Rosemeyer said. "They're going to do what they're gonna do offensively and defensively. You might throw in a special play here and there. The main thing is you know enough about your opponent to know how to lineup against them, especially defensively."
"They're gonna be a great team, to make it this far no matter what," Colby running back Dylan Loertscher said. "We have to focus on what we have to do and we're gonna stick to what we do best and we're gonna play hard defense against them. That won't change."
Online Reporter- Sean Giggy