The Minster football team is in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1991, led by the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked defense and a balanced offense that features a veteran offensive line and two standout running backs.
The Wildcats (7-3) will travel to Springfield Catholic Central (8-2) on Saturday in a re-match of last season's first round playoff game from last season. Minster upset the top-seeded Irish in that game.
The Wildcats are an even more confident bunch this season.
“We’re starting a tradition here and I think it’s sweet,” senior lineman Ryan Will said. "Getting to the playoffs twice in a row around here is big."
“Two years in a row is definitely an accomplishment,” senior lineman Clay Bornhorst said. “We’ve got the wheels going definitely and let’s keep this tradition going.”
Will, a 6-foot-2 and 198-pound lineman, and Bornhorst, a 6-foot-2 and 207-pound lineman, said Minster isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with any team on the front seven.
“That’s a difference between now and a few years past,” Will said. “All the guys were getting into the weight room this season and that’s what’s really allowed us to run teams over.”
Nate Moore has guided Minster to playoff appearance in his two seasons as head coach, as well. He liked that his team played in the same stadium against the same team a season ago.
"All those things about playing in a new stadium, all those extra jitters associated with going to your first playoff game we don't have to deal with," Moore said. "So I think more than anything we can treat it like another game...This is just Week 11. Here we go."
Minster is making its 11th appearance in the playoffs in school history. The Wildcats are 11-9 in the playoffs with a state championship from 1989 on their resume.
Read more in today's Evening Leader in Thursday's special playoff edition of FanFare, which is inserted into the newspaper.