Posted at: 09/25/2012 9:35 PM
| Updated at: 09/25/2012 11:04 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
The Tigers are the team to beat in the Heart O'North Conference. Five weeks in, they're still undefeated.
"It feels really good to see all your hard work pay off," said Luke Schulz, senior offensive and defensive tackle. "We worked all summer for this and it feels really good to see some reward for the work you put in."
Head coach Dennis Scherz says the Tigers' strength is team cohesion and chemistry.
"We have a lot of good football players," Scherz said. "We don't really have any superstars but they gel well together and in high school I think that's the most important thing."
Northwestern also has a potent offense led by senior quarterback Peter Lindsay.
"We do a lot of stuff, not just run the ball like we usually do," Lindsay said. "We run out of the shotgun a bit and I get a chance to run and play a bit of football too."
The Tigers pride themselves on two things, discipline and tradition. Both of those characteristics are built on the practice field.
"What you do during the day usually shows up when you need it and that's what these guys do," Scherz said.
"If you're not disciplined, you have breakdowns and you can't execute stuff well," Lindsay said.
That discipline translates onto the sidelines during games. No matter the score, the Northwestern boys stay focused.
"It's just kind of implied that you respect other people on the field, cheer them on and respect the game," Schulz said.
And that tradition is what connects these Tigers with their past and future.