“They’re averaging 6 yards per play. They throw when they have to. From that standpoint they’re a lot like us. They’re a running team that passes the ball to have balance and they throw the ball when they want to.”
The Warriors enter ranked No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 1 in the coaches’ poll. They have scored 48.4 ppg while allowing 9.5 ppg.
Senior fullback Tyler Katschke has rushed for a school-record 2,005 yards on the season on 206 carries with 32 touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Parker Fox is 29-for-49 passing on the season for 608 yards despite missing five games with a broken collarbone before returning for the sectional final against West Central. He has nine touchdown passes to go with just one interception. He is a dual threat on the ground, rushing for 486 yards on 51 carries with 7 TDs.
Senior running back Levi Schultz has scored 13 touchdowns on the season overall on offense, defense and special teams. On the ground he has rushed for 504 yards on 35 carries with 5 TDs.
Senior running back Keegan Kasten has rushed for 299 yards and 6 TDs on 35 attempts and adds 10 receptions for 175 yards and 4 TDs.
Senior tight end Sean Lynch is the leading receiver with 15 catches for 394 yards and five TDs.
Roth further talked about the matchup with the Trojans.
“Defensively they play a 3-4, and their front three play like they’re shot out of a gun. They play the run real well,” he said. “That will create some problems for us offensively. Their four linebackers are able to pursue.
“It’s not anything different from what we’ve already seen defensively. Hopefully our guys will go out and concentrate and execute like they have been and make some plays.”
Junior linebacker Mitch Reed is Winamac’s leading tackler with 113. Dalton Button has 22 tackles for a loss, Katschke has 20 and Reed adds 17. Button and Kasten each have four sacks.