University of Saint Francis quarterback Nick Ferrer and a few of his teammates have a special interest in the Snider vs. Westfield semistate game.
Ferrer played high school football at Westfield and four of his current teammates (receiver Akeim Kelsaw, punter Josh Spitnale, defensive tackle Matt Swartz and injured receiver Andreas Gomez-Espino) played at Snider.
Class 5A No. 1 Snider (12-0) plays at No. 5 Westfield (10-2) for a 5A semistate title Friday.
“I’ve been trying to recruit some more guys from Westfield,” Ferrer said. “I’m always by myself. It’s all in good fun. My freshman year I roomed with Andreas and we had a good wager going, following the game and everything. We lost that game.”
Ferrer was the Westfield quarterback in 2013 when his team beat Snider 36-7 in the regional championship. He threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns in that game.
“I told him, ‘You played against Snider and you beat them, but that’s not the case this year,’ ” Kelsaw said. “They’ve got Mac Hippenhammer and they’re going to play Snider football. It’ll be a great game. I think whoever wins that game will win state.”
Saint Francis opens the NAIA playoffs with a game against Missouri Valley at noon Saturday in Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.
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