Whiteland has been piling up points in a late-season surge that has seen the Warriors win five of their past six games going into Friday’s Class 5A sectional-opener at Columbus North.
Look beyond the gaudy 41-points-per-game average, though, and you will find a hard-hitting, record-setting defense that has fueled the outburst, along with vastly improved special teams that created favorable field position.
Coach Darrin Fisher insists you can’t talk about the offense without reference to the other two phases, both of which have progressed significantly for the Warriors to reach this point.
“Our level of physicality has picked up,” said the coach, who was honored Monday as Indianapolis Colts high school coach of the week, a statewide honor drawing a “Congrats Darrin! Go Warriors!” tweet from owner Jim Irsay and a team presentation after a 56-35 win against Greenwood.