In this instant communication era where brain cells are attacked every moment with never-ending white-noise information, Kankakee Valley senior Matt Myers is older than old school.
Like Moses' sandals or a grandpa on a porch sipping iced tea, Myers embraces another time. Working on his father's pig farm in DeMotte is miles away from the pulse of big-city life.
"I wake up early every day," Myers said. "I grew up on a farm and there's always a lot of hard work to do. I'm out there shoveling corn or beans for the pigs.
"It's comforting being out there in the nature."
It's not like Myers is out there playing his fiddle and yawning. The 6-foot, 210-poind defensive end and tight end is the epitome of what coach Brad Stewart is trying to build.
"If we had 11 Matt Myers, we'd be undefeated," Stewart said.
K.V. (4-5) will travel to third-ranked New Prairie (9-0) for the Class 4A Sectional 18 opener. Stewart will go at it with former Griffith coach Russ Radtke, bringing back memories of all those classic Lowell-Griffith games in a bygone era.
"The biggest thing is we've got to play fast, we have to play hard," Stewart said. "We're taking away a lot of the reading (keys). We need everybody to attack."
Stewart said that Myers' numbers defensively are down because so many teams are audibling away from him. He only has 12 tackles so far. His career numbers are more indicative of his ability.
Myers has 71 tackles with 13 sacks and eight tackles for loss. On offense, he has eight receptions for 258 yards and three TDs this year. Overall he's caught 20 balls for 507 yards and six scores.
The Cougars have five shutouts on the season and four in a row.
Myers, who also plays basketball and baseball at K.V., is ranked No. 4 in his class with a 4.56 grade point average. He plans on playing small-college football, where he will major in engineering.
And when he does get a couple of hours away from everything he is committed to, Myers likes to hunt deer with a shotgun. He once shot a 250-pound 9-pointer.
Stewart is pumped for this game and is doing his best to get his team ready for a monster.
"We're beating the teams we're supposed to beat," Stewart said. "We're not beating the teams other people think we should beat. We haven't been able to get over the hump yet.
"This is a good time of the year to do that."
"It's the most important game of the year," he said. "It's win or go home, especially for the seniors. We do not want to go home."