Sports Spotlight on Father-Son Coaches | VideoScott Westerberg | 11/7/2012
It should come as no surprise that Kenyon Wingenbach and Jon Breitbach ended up back at their alma mater coaching with their dads.
"Every Saturday morning I`d wake up about 7:30 and the film would be rolling and I`d sit there with my cereal and watch film with him, so I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that I`d be a coach, and I always wanted to come back to Century," Kenyon said.
"Coach Breitbach and I knew both of the sons wanted to get into some type of education and had coaching on their mind and we`re very fortunate to have them employed by Bismarck Public Schools and get them in our program," Ron said.
The bond between the two sons runs deeper than just being part of the same coaching staff. In high school they were a dynamic quarterback-receiver combo for two of Century`s semifinal teams.
"We`ve stayed close since we played. We were ball boys at Century together when our dads were coaching here so we kind of grew up in the program. Now to come back and coach with him it`s a lot of fun and I feel like we`re always on the same page cause we had that camaraderie growing up," Jon said.
When Jon and Kenyon got into coaching there was always the possibility they might end up on the opposite sidelines from their fathers, but according to Rod Breitbach, the winner of any father-son game would be obvious.
"We always had the conversation what if I`m coaching for a team different from him. What`s going to happen when he comes in kind of knowing our defense and maybe playing against us? I just told him I`d spank him when he was older if he comes up against me so he better find a way to get on our staff instead of somebody else`s staff."
After falling short of the Dakota Bowl their junior and senior years, Jon and Kenyon finally got over that hurdle with their dads, this time as coaches.
"Certainly last year, that was a real big ball game when we beat Minot to get to the state championship game and hopefully we can add one more here this Friday," Ron said.
And now the four are trying to make history and help Century win its first ever state championship.
The Patriots will attempt to win the schools first football state championship against Bismarck High.
We will televise all four Dakota Bowl games on Friday.
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