Winamac’s football team is off to an 8-0 start for the first time since the semistate team in 2000.
Like the unforgettable team of 13 years ago, the Warriors are led on the field by a star fullback.
Tyler Katschke is posting a huge season for the Warriors at fullback as he’s already rushed for 1,265 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The 5-10, 190-pound senior is averaging a whopping 11.7 yards per carry.
“A lot of people are comparing this team to the 2000 team,” said Winamac coach Tim Roth. “We had a Tyler on that team playing fullback [Tyler Roth] and we have a Tyler on this one. Both guys ran hard and weren’t afraid to run in between the tackles and had the speed to run outside. Tyler Katschke is obviously bigger. But there’s a lot of parallels. Both are very humble and are quiet leaders who have a great love for the game.”
Katschke is also getting the job done on the defensive side of the ball for this year’s dominating Warriors squad. He has 35 solo tackles, 26 assists, 13 tackles for a loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries from his linebacker position.
“He’s a good player on both sides of the ball. He runs with authority and hits hard on defense,” Tim Roth said.
The Warriors are scoring 50.9 ppg, which is 10th in the state, while holding opponents to 6.9, which is fourth. Their average margin of plus 44 ppg is second only to North Vermillion.
The Warriors are ranked third in Class A behind Linton and North Vermillion in the AP poll and are back at No. 1 in this week’s coaches’ poll.
Katschke is certainly a big part of the success.
“He’s a very humble young man and he’d tell you he’s successful because he’s part of a successful team and because the guys up front are doing their job,” Tim Roth said.