The Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter Imperials are undefeated at this point of the season, for the second year in a row. The team is led by a group of seven seniors, two of them could pass as brothers.
Thirteen miles is what separates these two. On the field, it's just a couple of feet. Jamison Fettig and Nathan Weigel have been a well-known duo for the Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter Imperials.
"Real nice to have someone that stands by your side and takes a lot of the work-load,” said Fettig. “As you can see from any game you watch, kids' really good at football, and it's nice to have him by my side."
Weigel adds that, "He's obviously great. He's athletic, I'm athletic, so, I guess I've never really thought about it, but I guess it is kind of our last time together, so just to be happy for the last time."
With a short distance to one another at home, that didn't stop them from playing the game.
"Just about our whole life. I mean little grade schooler, you know, Yeah recess, grade school football, junior high, JV, everything," said Weigel.
This pair of Imperials has made a lasting impression, and more than just on the scoreboard.
Imperials Head Coach Kelly McCleary said: "It's definitely going to be a lot different without them next year. I kind of count on them when I need a big play, we just call either one of their numbers and there's a good chance they're at least going to make 100 percent effort at it. I think they're two different people. I think Jamison is more of a jokester and he's a little funny, and Nathan gets pretty serious. If they never played a down of football in their life and I know them, I'd like them just as much because they're great kids."
And all great things, must come to an end at some point. Their senior season is winding down, and they have one thing on their mind. "As being one of the leaders, captains of the team,” said Fettig. “It's always nice to show the younger kids what to do, and it would be nice to, for me and Nathan and the other seniors to take the younger kids to the state championship."
With an undefeated record, their only worry now, is getting past some of the best in the state, to win that title.
The Imperials host Richland on Friday, and have already locked in the number one seed from Region 3.