Southridge Raiders ready for title game

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A small community readies for a big game, and even rivals are jumping on board to see a victory for Huntingburg’s team. Southridge has a turn for a title.

“I wanted all this time for them to go, and I think they can do it!” says Kim Epple, a Southridge High School graduate.

At Huntinburg’s hole-in-the-wall, you’ll find the soul of Southridge, ready to root for their team toward a title. Saturday, the team goes where only three other Raiders teams have gone before with a chance to make history in Indianapolis.

The last time Southridge football played with a title on the line, this teams’ seniors were in first grade. Now they have the chance to win the school’s first championship.

The Raiders face Woodlan, a team from Fort Wayne. Kickoff is 11 a.m. central.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride,” says Allen King, “This year is really an exceptional team because there’s only 11 seniors.”

King has followed the team for decades, and he believes this is the year they get the victory. “This year they’re a lot smaller but they’re very fast and agile,” he says, “they get the job done.”

Al Demaegd is from Jasper but still wants to see Southridge win. “I think everybody’s just behind them no matter where they’re from.”

Maybe for Southridge, the fourth time is the charm.

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(This story was originally published November 24, 2017)

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