Winamac’s semistate football team could beat opponents in many different ways this year, and perhaps no player better exemplified that than Levi Schultz.
The Warriors playmaker scored a total of 13 touchdowns on the season. The 5-10, 172-pound senior running back scored five on the ground, four through the air, two on punt returns, one on a kickoff return and one on defense.
The Warriors’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion in a 20-14 loss to Tri-Central in a semistate game at Roudebush Stadium. The Trojans scored the game-winning touchdown with 4.5 seconds left and went on to win the state championship with a 20-10 win over Eastern Hancock last Friday.
Schultz said he went to the state championship game with family to Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Tri-Central is a great team. They did the fundamentals well,” he said. “For them to beat Eastern Hancock, we lost to a good team.
“They are a very, very deserving team.”
The Warriors were a dominating team all season and hadn’t faced a battle in the trenches like they saw from the Trojans.
“We hadn’t really been in a close game like that. We had never been behind in a game and most games we were up by a bunch at halftime,” Schultz said. “Tri-Central had played in some close games. I’m not sure if that was a factor. It didn’t go the way we wanted.
“I think the first three quarters we were kind of shell-shocked, like why aren’t we up by 20-some points now. I’m glad we woke up instead of never making a game of it, but it was too late.”
Schultz finished the season with 505 yards rushing and averaged 14.0 yards per carry. He added 15 catches for 356 yards and averaged 23.7 yards per reception. He averaged 23.4 yards per punt return on nine tries.