Humphrey St. Francis' run to the Eight Man-2 championship game extended a tradition for the Classen family.
Nathan Classen has followed two older brothers, Derek and Trent, as the Flyers' starting quarterback. All three got their teams to Memorial Stadium and the state football finals.
“Derek made it his senior year, and we got runner-up that year,” Nathan said. “I was a waterboy that year, and when Trent won, I was a freshman. Now I'll get to play the whole time. That's exciting.”
No. 2 St. Francis (12-0), which is back in the finals for the first time since 2009, plays No. 3 Giltner (12-0) at 10:15 a.m. Monday.
The teams met in the second round of the 2011 playoffs, with Giltner winning 36-26.
“They've got a great team,” St. Francis coach Eric Kessler said. “I don't know much about them other than what everybody sees in the papers.
“That will be a very big challenge, and we will have to play our absolute best to be succesful.”
Giltner's passing game, directed by senior Jake Findley, has set numerous eight-man state records. Findley has thrown for 62 touchdowns without an interception.
Kyle Hawthorne has caught 24 touchdown passes and leads the Hornets with 79 catches for 1,265 yards. Dustin Hastings is next with 44 catches for 805 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Hastings has more catches than St. Francis has attempts. Classen and backup Sam Zach are a combined 26 of 42 for 535 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Flyers' rushing leaders are JJ Oltmer with 1,499 yards and 27 touchdowns and Chad Haiar with 794 yards and 16 scores.
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