Council residents becoming ninth player for Lumberjacks

At Council High School, there's no secret about what's expected from the football team.

"That's the goal, to make the playoffs and make a run to that state championship," Lumberjacks head coach Dan Shumway said.
"In the 1980's we had championships that we always hear about and in 2006 we had a championship," said senior quarterback Mick Wilson. "It's just been like that as long as I can remember, we've been winning," he said.

That goal is in sight. Council hosts a state semifinal game against Lighthouse Christian on Saturday.

The Lumberjacks play eight-man football, but when the opponents visit Council, it's eight versus the entire community.

"We love our kids and we admire that they are doing so good," Council resident Sylvia Hulin said.

Illinois Avenue had the usual afternoon traffic on Thursday, but on gameday it's a different story.

"The town will be completely dead," Council graduate Tiffany Landweer said. "Everybody will be there and cheer them on."

"Football is one of the biggest community events-everyone comes to it," Wilson said. "We get incredible support and it's definitely one of those small towns that supports their high school."

The Lumberjacks are 8-2 and kick off on Saturday at 2 p.m.