DUNLAP -

As if being the star quarterback at Concord wasn't enough work, Trevor Wilmore also had a part-time job this fall at a local dessert shop.

"I was working at Flavor Freeze," says Wilmore. "Most of the season I was leaving practice, going to work, going home and trying to study."

On the field, the senior served up offense any way you want it. More than 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns through the air and 750 yards and 10 more scores on the ground.

"Learning defenses and being smarter," he says of his offseason improvements. "Not trying to go for the big home run plays. Just go for what the defense gives me."

"He's a leader," Concord head coach Tim Dawson says. "The kids love having him out there. They play hard for him. It's always about the team first for him."

For Wilmore, team first means playing through the pain of a torn PCL in his right knee. It happened in the regular-season finale, and he missed Concord's playoff opener. But he was back in the lineup against Elkhart Central, leading the Minutemen to their second consecutive sectional title.

"Last week's performance was a gutty performance, even though he's not 100 percent with his knee," says Dawson. "He wants to be out there. Our teammates want him out there. I know this much, he's going to do everything he can to try to help this team win."

This week, the Minutemen face Mishawaka for the regional crown. The two offenses could not be more different, with Concord's spread attack and the Cavemen's run-heavy option.

"I'm just kind of glad I'm at Concord," says Wilmore. "I can sit back and sling the ball around, throw the ball around, and be able to run the ball, too. We have a pretty good balance, which makes the offense actually really fun."