The Waseca football team is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2009.

KEYC News 12 Sports Rob Clark caught up with the Jays earlier this week.

"It's great just with all the adversity and stuff we went through the season. Here at Waseca it's a lot of fun, it's a great community, they really band together to support us. Our kids have really made an impact on our school and kids in the community, it's been a fun playoff so far, and hopefully we can keep it going," said Brad Wendland, Waseca head coach.

"I mean it means everything. Everyone dreams of going to state, making plays up there. You work so hard to get there, and now it's here, I can't wait to make more magic up there," said Malik Willingham, Waseca senior wide receiver.

"We bring the energy every day at practice, we get after it, and we go out there and show that we can do it," said Kyreese Willingham, Waseca sophomore wide receiver.

"We can be very dangerous if we get in a rhythm, I feel like we can compete with anybody in the state, and it'll be hard to take us down if we get into a rhythm," said Matt Olsem, Waseca senior offensive lineman.

"You always evolve as our season goes on. Winona is an opponent that's incredibly talented. They have top–end talent on offense and defense. Some of what we do will be based on their scheme and guys. We'll try to put our guys in position to make plays," said Wendland.

The Jays take on Winona this Friday night in Farmington. We'll take a look at some of the highlights on KEYC News 12.