WINAMAC — The 2013 Winamac Warriors football team is in very good company.
The Warriors matched what their 2000 squad was able to accomplish with a 13-1 record and finishing as semistate finalists.
Winamac coach Tim Roth coached both teams as he has all the Warriors squads over the last 33 seasons. Both teams certainly rank among the best in program history.
Roth has often been asked which one was better.
“They were equal. That’s the way I would leave it,” he said. “The difference was in 2000 we were in [Class] 2A and this year we were in 1A. Statistically this team broke the school records in yardage and scoring. But in the 2000 state tournament run, they beat some real Class 2A powers. They beat Cass in Week 1, Eastbrook in Week 2, Delphi who at that time was undefeated in Week 3. We beat North Judson in regional play and then played the eventual state champion the next year in Luers.
“That team would say the competition was greater than it was this year. Both teams were pretty darn good teams and a lot of fun to coach. The biggest similarity would be there was what I would call ‘good ornery’ on both teams. They’re smart kids, athletic kids that are very coachable. What they had most in common is they had great chemistry.”
Roth has watched the film of the heartbreaking 20-14 semistate loss to Tri-Central Friday that included a game-winning 80-yard drive by the Trojans in the final 2:41 of the contest.
“We got beat by a good team. They might lay an egg on Friday but they’re 13-1,” Roth said.
The Winamac coach said the two teams were very evenly matched.
“We were extremely even. If we played 10 times we’d go 5-5 against each other,” he said.
Roth has no regrets. If there was anything he would do differently it would be going for it on fourth down late in the game instead of trying a 48-yard field goal. The Warriors faced a fourth-and-14 situation from the TC 31-yard line with 2:49 left to play in a 14-14 ballgame and opted to let all-state kicker Zach Markley try a 48-yard attempt.