Will Farniok Follows in Brothers’ Footsteps

Will Farniok Follows in Brothers' Footsteps

Saturday’s State Championship isn’t just the end of the season at Washington.

It’s the end of an era.

“That was the last time a Farniok has played on Howard Wood Field. And Will kind of took a step back and said you’re right, I didn’t even think about it like that. And I said well hopefully one of you boys will move back and have some more boys so we can get some more Farnioks here to Sioux Falls!” Washington Head Coach Chad Stadem says.

Will Farniok is the last of a quartet of brothers who helped turn the Warriors into a state power, with trips to the Dakota Dome in 9 of the last 11 years.

“It makes me tougher. That’s one good thing about them and they’re always there for me.” Washington Senior Center Will Farniok says.

Derek, Tom and Matt Farniok all went on to play division one college football.

Being the little brother to those three might sound tough, but Will has taken advantage of it.

“I would say just kind of getting all their techniques put into one. They all help me out in their own ways and I’m always asking them questions and they all give me their input. Just being able to work on my footwork, everything honestly.” Farniok says.

And will be the fourth Farniok to play in Division One when he joins Matt at Nebraska next year.

“Will’s probably the most athletic of the group in terms of his mobility and his feet. Will need to gets stronger, he’s probably not as strong as the rest of them, but he’s a little bit of the late bloomer of the three too.” Stadem says.

And if he can help his football brethren win a third straight state title, he’ll hold something over his biological ones.

“Being able to do this with your brothers out here, it’s like a second family, and just going out with a bang with them would just be the biggest gift.” Will says.

More championship rings!

Zach Borg, KDLT Sports.

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