INDIANAPOLIS—Rebuilding is a process of patience and time.
The first part is self explanatory, the latter is a little more erratic, unknown, and often unpredictable.
Scott Marsh had the first part when he arrived at Perry Meridian to a team that was winless for over two season.
"Were gonna keep doing the same things, and try to do them better than we did last week," was the cliffs notes' explanation the coach gave for his patient approach with his team.
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His timing, however, has been spot on.
"What we want to do is this time of the year be playing our best football," said Marsh of the Falcons in October.
Right on cue, his team has responded, not only snapping their 22-game losing streak but advancing to the second round of the playoffs with a victory over Richmond last Friday.
"It's kinda funny because we really haven't changed our approach," said Marsh of the last two weeks.
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So what has been the difference?
"Game after game, we'd have offense gel one game, defense another game, then special teams another game, " said senior linebacker/fullback Jimmy Williams. "The last couple of games we've had every position, offense, defense, special teams, all come in and work as a team, and do their part."
Thought Perry Meridian showed signs of life in spurts during the first seven games, their first real sign of progress came in week eight against Pike. On the road against the sixth-ranked Red Devils, the Falcons took the game into double overtime before finally falling 13-10.
A trip to Bloomington South to end the season finally brought a victory, as Perry Meridian got to an early lead then held on for the 17-14 victory. Marsh's team then followed up their first victory since September of 2007 with another in the opening round of the playoffs, dominating Richmond for a 17-7 victory.
"We could see it coming," said Marsh of the Falcons' late season run. "It's just a matter of execution and kids just doing their jobs."
Senior T.J. Lovejoy says that's been a lot easier with Marsh, who was an assistant for Perry Meridian earlier in the decade before stints as a defensive coordinator at Warren Central and a year as head coach at Howe.
"He's more into the game," said Lovejoy of Marsh. "He gets into practices with us, he tells us the truth when we do stupid stuff. Hes our coach but he's more like a friend at the same time."
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Marsh will catch up with some of his old friends when he brings his Falcons to Warren Central for the second round of the playoffs. The Warriors-the No. 3 team in the state-are one of a handful of teams considered to be legitimate Class 5A state title contenders.
"If we're not loose than shame on us," said Marsh of his team-who will enter as heavy underdogs. "Really, because what do we have to lose at this point in the season. Our kids are on a little bit of a roll, they're feeling good about themselves, we're going into a game where we're obviously gonna be a heavy underdog.
"Let's try to be our best on Friday night, and throw the chips up and see where they land."