FORT BRANCH, India (WFIE) – Entering the 2022 season, the Gibson Southern Football team seemed unsure how this year’s group would face their opponents.
After all, the Giants were coming off the most impressive season in the show’s history, which resulted in The first ever state championship. In addition, the team was feeling the loss of several major playmakers, including Current Purdue quarterback Brady Allen.
With week six approaching, Gibson Southern (5-0) sits undefeated and ranks second in Class 3A, according to The latest Associated Press poll of the 10 best high school football in Indiana.
“I don’t think a lot of people would have made us 5-0 with that table and everyone we lost,” said Gibson Southern football coach Nick Hart. “So it says a lot about our kids and what they did to prepare for this season and what they did this season.”
“Half of our team hasn’t played any squash in the last year, so to get them better and perform like we do, it helps a lot,” said Cole Mackey, a senior advisor to Gibson Southern.
It helps the entire community to support the Titans each season.
“We had great fans at our home games,” Hart said. “They helped us into the South Warren game. I was trying to get Tanner Boyd to revise a play we didn’t like. He didn’t hear me because the crowd was so noisy. He went down. We even have a little advantage in the home field though.”
What sets the Giants apart is their chemistry on and off the field.
“Like last year, we’re still together,” Mackie said. “On Thursdays, some of us still go out to eat and all that. We’ve been playing with each other since they were freshmen and I was a sophomore. We all get on with each other.”
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Over the years, Gibson Southern teams have focused on more than just their game plan, developing deep roots within the program. In fact, Hart owns an army of ex-players whose passion for football never ends with the Titans.
“I have brothers I train with, teammates I played with and now I train with,” said former Gibson Southern quarterback Isaac Sellers. “We love football and it is the team work. We enjoyed playing with the machine, which is why we went back to training.”
Over the course of his 11 seasons at Gibson Southern, Hart fielded several incredible teams to keep the Powerhouse program consistent. The Sellers brothers – Nick, Isaac and Caleb (who graduated in 2016, 2018 and 2020 respectively) were part of these teams and are now back representing the Maroons and the Golds along with their former coaches and teammates.
“I think it shows how much they care about the program, how much they want to come back and help,” Hart said.
“They’ve had success in the past, so they know what to do and how to do it,” Mackey said. “They have a lot of experience, they are really good mentors.”
The Titans recipe: a passionate fan base, deep roots, and talented players from year to year.
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