WHITEWATER (WKOW) -- The UW - Whitewater football program is returning to the NCAA Division III National Championship for the 10th time in the last 15 years on Friday when they play North Central College in Shenandoah, TX.
The Warhawks had a final practice in Whitewater Tuesday morning before flying down to Houston.
"Being here now is surreal. We all knew why we came here in the first place and shoot we are right there so we just have to go hard," said Justin Hensen a Warhawk senior defensive lineman from Beloit.
In their four playoff wins the Warhawks are avaeraging 34 points per contest. Part of that success if from junior quarterback Max Meylor.
"Due to some injuries and things like that, Max has had some opportunities, took advantage of his opportunities and really has been the guy going through the playoffs here," said Warhawks head coach Kevin Bullis.
Meylor, a former standout at Mount Horeb High School wasn't always destine for Warhawk glory, or so he thought. He transferred to UW-Whitewater last year from a Division II program. He's played off and on in five games during this regular season, but has started all four playoffs games and is making the most of this opportunity.
"Just trusting my decision to come here. I decided probably about a year ago at this time that I was going to come to Whitewater, and now playing in the national championship, it's all clicking and it's all worked out so far," said Meylor with a smile on his face.
UW-Whitewater will play North Central College at 7 p.m. (CT), televised on ESPNU.