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Trio of Cousins Enjoying Washington Success

Panthers QB, Receivers Together Again

WASHINGTON, Ill. - Caleb Fisher says he's been preparing for a big senior season since the days he used to play football with his cousins at family functions.

"Thanksgiving and Christmas we'd get together and play football in the backyard, getting beat up by our older brothers," Fisher admitted.

Now the Washington senior quarterback throws passes to the same cousins. And they count for Panther touchdowns.

"I can't remember a time when we weren't really hanging out. It's been forever," said Washington senior receiver Cole Ludolph. "We grew up together. It's part of my life."

Fisher and Ludolph have been playing footbal ltogether for as long as they can remember. This year they added another cousin to the Washington lineup.

They recruited their baseball-playing cousin Ben Mount. And he's never played high school football.

"It's been since freshman year that Cole and I were trying to get him out. We got him to throw a little bit (this summer). I think he liked it," Fisher said.

He did. And now he's a wide receiver on the team.

"I knew they were going to be great teammates and show me the way for Washington football. They helped me out," Mount said of his cousins. "I may not have spent a lot of time, like most of these guys playing all four years together, but they've treated me like I've been here the whole time."

This season already is special at Washington. The Panthers (7-0) are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5A as they head to Metamora (7-0) Friday in a huge Mid-Illini Conference showdown.

But the cousins say there's another reason they'll always remember this seaosn.

"Just knowing you have two family members playing there with you," said Fisher. "It's something different, it's unique and fun."

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