Growing up in Hobart during the school's golden age of football, twin sisters Karey and Kelly Miscko, like about everybody else in town, spent their Friday nights at the hallowed Brickie Bowl cheering on coach Don Howell's boys in the purple and gold.
"It was football every Friday," said Kelly, whose dad, Mike, played for Russ Deal at Hobart. "There was nothing else like it. You loved football, whether you had somebody on the team or not. I remember being in middle school, standing in line in the cold for tickets. My husband's not from a football town, so he'd ask, what's Friday night football? We'd drag him to games."
Years later, it's the same routine for Kelly, now Wilkening, and Karey, now Dziewicki, as their sons Luke and Ryan, respectively, are two-way standout linemen for the 8-3 Boone Grove Wolves.
"It brings back great memories," Karey said. "It was a great time. Ryan's our only son, so watching him is absolutely phenomenal."
The Wilkenings moved to the Porter Township Schools when Luke, a young junior, was a baby.
"We were thrilled when we heard they were getting football, and now they're really getting an established program," Kelly said. "It's so fun to watch them play together. They can go far, especially with (coach) Dan (Kukulski)."
Luke played three years of Pop Warner and one year in the Northwest Indiana Football League. The Dziewickis moved from Hobart when Ryan was about 11. He didn't play football until the eighth grade.
"He was always too big for Pop Warner," Karey said of her 260-pound son.
Already close growing up, the boys grew even closer, being at the same school and playing football together. Both moms are active in the program's Wolf Pack Club.
"We're cousins, but we're more like brothers," Ryan said.
Ryan missed his first game as a freshman with an injury, but started the next one and has every game since. Luke who measures 5-foot-11, 235 pounds, stepped up from JV as a sophomore and is in his second year as a two-way regular.
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"Ryan's (defensive) stats are through the roof," Kukulski said of Dziewicki's seven sacks and 17 tackles for loss. "When we need something done (on offense), they're the ones we look to. Everybody knows it. It's not a secret."
Not only do the boys play together, they literally play next to each other. Ryan is a left tackle and Luke a left guard on offense. On defense, Ryan is at end with Luke at tackle.
"It's pretty sweet," Ryan said. "We trust each other. We'll talk before a play, what to do. We're close with other guys, but it's not that close. There's a special bond."
Ryan's a two-year captain and a Wolves leader, but Luke, according to Kukulski, is actually more boisterous.
"You can always hear him yelling, 'You could drive a truck through that hole,'" Ryan said.
"We like pumping each other up. We get everybody going," Luke said. "I always know if there's a play our way, we're going to make it work. He'll get his guy and I'll get mine. It's great playing football with such a good friend, on and off the field. We hang out with each other. He's somebody who's always there. It's going to be a little weird (next year)."
While Luke has another year with the Wolves, Ryan is probably headed off to Southern Indiana or Indiana State to study criminal justice, though Kukulski's hoping an opportunity to play football at a smaller school may materialize.
Whatever the case, he'll take some fond memories with him, and a sectional title would be the capper.
"Back in two-a-days, we sat down and set team goals, like a GPA over 3.0, winning a sectional," Ryan said, pointing to a dry erase board in trhe room. "After first two games, it was pretty rough coming off last year, but we came back the next week and beat Whiting. We definitely turned it around big time. The atmosphere's changed. It makes you really excited."
Luke is part of the Wolves track team that won the Porter County Conference and took second in its sectional. Boone will be playing in its first sectional final against North Newton on Friday at Valparaiso.
"It's pretty cool to play for an actual title," Luke said. "I got a taste and now it's like, wow, we can do this."