When Paddy Fisher was growing up in Katy, Tex.,his family had a holiday tradition.
Along with his best friend,Travis Whillock, Fisher and his family would pile into their minivan and drive to Dallas or Houston to watch the Katy Tigers play in the state championship game. The boys would sit side-by-side in massive NFL stadiums, gazing onto a spectacle they would one day hope to dominate themselves.
“We were sitting there in the stands and we were like, ‘Man, hopefully one day that’s us,’” Whillock, now a redshirt sophomore, said.
Lo and behold, it would be.
In December 2015, the boys walked onto the field to a roaring sea of red, the raucous Katy supporters ready to cheer their team on to another state title.
“It’s definitely like we have the whole city behind our back,” Fisher said of the championship game. “The environment is awesome, it’s loud and we’re just focused in and ready to cut loose.”
Katy had every reason to come into the game with confidence. In ten regular season games, the Tigers allowed 18 points.
The result was never in question. Fisher and Whillock led a defense that only allowed seven points in a 27-point romp over Lake Travis. The boys had achieved what every young kid in Katy wants to one day — they were state champions.
In its perfect 16-0 season, Katy shut its opponent out 10 times, including three times in the playoffs. When the dust settled, Katy was named the No. 1 team in the country byUSA Today.
Having accomplished all they could as Katy Tigers, Fisher and Whillock both matriculated asNorthwestern Wildcats. In Evanston, Fisher has continued to excel.https://www.insidenu.com/2018/6/27/17504628/paddy-fisher-middle-linebacker-northwestern-football-feature-travis-whillock-katy-texas