EAST CHICAGO | It's kind of like being Scottie Pippen. Or Kevin McHale. Or John Lennon.
To be a part of something really special but not being the No. 1 guy isn't easy. The ego has to be checked at the door. Period.
What makes E.C. Central's Anthony Hunt's job so special is one of his best friends is Martayveus Carter, the Cardinals No. 1 player in the backfield and on both sides of the ball.
The two Cards hope to be a 1-2 punch on Friday night when E.C. (11-2) faces Fort Wayne Dwenger (10-3) in the Class 4A Northern Semistate at Fort Wayne's Zollner Stadium.
The winner of this game advances to Lucas Oil Stadium for the state championship.
"We've worked hard, we've stuck together as one unit," Hunt said at Tuesday's practice. "We had to become family to get where we are today."
The Northern Illinois-bound Carter has rushed the ball 131 times for 1,164 yards with 19 TDs. Hunt has 123 carries for 935 yards and 13 scores.
The two will have their hands full against a Saints team that has only given up 30 points in four playoff games.
"Every year (except this one) we lost in the second round of the sectionals," Hunt said. "We were sick of it. We were not going to let that happen this year. If someone scores on us, we don't get down. There's 48 minutes in every game.
"Good things happen. Bad things happen. Now, we just look forward to the good things."
Cards coach Stacy Adams is proud of his entire team, and his two star running backs. He's glad he has more than one number to call on a Friday night.
It keeps both kids fresh and it keeps the defenses guessing.
"For being our second guy he has unbelievable numbers," Adams said. "I've had people say, 'What kind of a year would (Carter) be having if he was getting the ball more?' That was never the goal.
"Everyone deserves a chance. Anthony had 12 touches against New Prairie. They compliment each other very well."
Hunt and his mates know there are critics all over Indiana who don't give them much of a shot against the Saints, who've played in a semistate game 18 times. This is E.C.'s first.
A snowball in hell has a better shot, many believe.
"One game at a time," Hunt said. "You never know what might happen. It feels unreal. Not too sound too cocky, we have confidence. No one is promised the next day. Every step we take is baby steps. We want to make something happen.
"Make magic. Make history."