NEW HAVEN - They have been here before.
The New Haven boys basketball team hasn't done a lot of celebrating this season. Even though the Rockets enjoyed a stellar regular season before claiming district and regional titles, they continue to focus on the road ahead.
Now the Rockets (24-1) have arrived at the same place they have previously stumbled. For the past four years, New Haven has played in the Class B state quarterfinals. The Rockets are still searching for their first victory.
"We are looking forward to this game and taking the next step that has never been done in our school's history," New Haven coach Tedaro France II said. "To have a chance to be the first in school history is something the kids are excited about. They have worked hard all year and prepared. They are hungry and they want this bad."
A victory against Detroit Osborn on Tuesday at Marysville High School would propel the Rockets past the hurdle and one step closer toward the ultimate goal of winning a state championship.
"I think the venue we are playing at is a great spot for us," New Haven senior forward Eric Williams said. "Our fan base will be there and we will have a lot of supporters. We are blessed to have people to see us play. We hope to put on a show for them. Right now we are just going to work hard and watch film.
"We have more experience this year. This year we can break through because we are all the way tuned in. We just need to come out and start creating and playing our game."
If the Rockets can stay focused on the goal at hand, they have a great chance to turn their season into the best in school history.
"God keeps me humble," France II said. "Knowing that it’s not me. It’s him. I give him all the praise and glory because he has been great. I've had a great wife that supports me and being a coach's wife is tough. She is behind me 100 percent. I have a great staff and great kids that want to be coached.
"My first year we went 6-15. Now after nine years to have 156 wins, five districts and four regionals show how far we have come and how hard the kids work."