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A semi-state championship, a sophomore season, a State championship, and now on the precipice of their senior night, the Lawrence Central Bears can’t believe everything has gone so quickly.

“I remember my freshman year like yesterday,” said Senior Quintaz Wright.

“I mean the coaches have told me how fast it goes by, but this is very important to me. This is my last time to have a regular season home game with my team, and we have to get a dub-ya. We have been hurting these past couple weeks. We had a tough loss in Cleveland, but we will shake it off.”

The Bears (3-4) will host Warren Central (4-3) on their senior night in the Buffalo Wild Wings Game of the Week. Since these teams are both in sectional six together, they are used to facing off against each other during the postseason. Last season on their way to a State championship, the Bears defeated the Warriors 21-14 in the sectional semi-finals. However this year they are both in the Metropolitan Intercscholastic Conference together, giving us what potentially could be a tournament preview.

As if that weren’t enough to make up excitement for the game, the Bears will be facing off against their head coach from last year’s State championship squad, in Warren Central Head Coach Jayson West.

“They are going to be ready to play,” said Wright about Warren Central. “We have the coach that they have, so we know how they work and how they like to play football. We are going to make it a game.”

Lawrence Central enters Friday night on a bit of a mid-season skid, having lost their last four games after a 3-0 start to the season. The Bears traveled to Cleveland St. Ignatius last Friday, where they lost in overtime 24-21. In the loss Jarrett Montgomery rushed in a touchdown, joining Mark Wilson, Tyler May, and fellow quarterback Tyler Redfern as weapons in the rush for Lawrence Central.

“It’s been by committee,” said Head Coach Jed Richman. “We have three senior running backs and a couple different quarterbacks that have added in there. They have done a good job not being selfish. They take their chances when they get the ball, and they make the most of them.”

The Warriors are on a mini-skid as well, having dropped the last two games 38-28 to Pike and 21-15 to Carmel. Still, the Bears know they can’t take their opponent for granted.

“We have to play great defense,” said Richman. “Coach West is known for being a big play guy. They have had big plays in every game I’ve seen this year, so we can’t give up the big play. We have to control the line of scrimmage, be sound in the turnover area, and that will give us a chance to win.”