The Bishop Luers Knights are celebrating their 9th State Football Championship, the second consecutive.
Coach Matt Lindsay led the Knights to a 26-14 victory over North Putnam in the Class 2A game Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Lindsay has coached at Luers since 1979, 24-years as head coach, and helped lead the team to every state championship win in the school's history.
"We won 9 and I've been here for all those and I'm very proud to say that” Lindsay told FOX Fort Wayne today.
Friday marked the team's latest state championship win.
"I think that's tradition and commitment to excellence in everything that we do here at Luers. I think people come here to be part of something different something special” he says.
This is the team's third state title in 4 years. Senior Steve Kiermaier's been there for them all.
"It was a great feeling. I wouldn't want to end my career any different at Luers” says Kiermaier.
Defending their state title didn't come without an immense amount pressure of course. But, coaches and players never seemed to be bothered by it.
“That's what drives you I think” says Lindsay.
Kiermaier says “people suspected us to win I think, but we just didn't
want to come up short, so we came out and worked hard.”
The Knights lost just once this season to long-time rival Bishop Dwenger.
But as the old saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
“It gave us even more to work harder for the state title” says Kiermaier.
Loud cheers, shiny medals, and a trophy held high, capped off a perfect celebration of a perfect season.