THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST’S 2013 INSIDER VOLUME XIV
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
Carmel and Warren Central earned spots in the first Class 6A state championship game on Nov. 30 with semistate wins. The No. 3 Greyhounds (10-3) upset top-ranked Penn, 28-13 in the north, while the No. 4 Warriors (10-3) slipped past No. 2 Center Grove, 12-7, for honors in the south.
New Palestine ended Indianapolis Bishop Chatard’s 21-game playoff winning streak with a 27-14 triumph in a Class 4A regional finale.
Longtime Speedway coach Denny Pelley announced his retirement after 24 seasons with the Sparkplugs and 39 years overall. Pelley was 196-82 at Speedway, including an 8-4 mark this year, and 290-134 over his career.
Fort Wayne Northrop coach Tim Martone stepped down after four seasons. Martone was 12-28 with the Bruins, including a 2-8 record in 2013.
Terre Haute North tallied its first (Class 5A) regional championship with a 56-21 decision over Bloomington North.
East Chicago Central captured its first (Class 4A) regional crown with a thrilling 38-37 overtime win over No. 3 and previously unbeaten New Prairie.
Brebeuf Jesuit won its first (Class 3A) regional title with a 38-17 triumph over Guerin Catholic.
Tri-Central earned its first (Class 1A) regional trophy with a 28-7 win over South Adams.
Eastern Hancock grabbed its first (Class 1A) since 1985 with a 29-14 win over South Putnam.
HIGHS AND LOWS
Here is the last time the following teams started 13-0.
Andrean (first time), Gibson Southern (first time), Columbus East (2012), Eastern Hancock (first time), Winamac (2000), New Palestine (first time), Linton-Stockton (2012).
Longest current losing streaks
Indianapolis Cathedral has won 22 consecutive playoff games.
Andrean, Columbus East, Eastern Hancock, Gibson Southern, Linton-Stockton, New Palestine, and Winamac have won 13 games in a row.
HERE’S TO THE WINNERS
Here is the last time the following teams won semistate crowns.
Class 6A: Carmel-10-3 (2011), Warren Central-10-3 (2009).
Here is the last time the following teams won regional championships.
Class 5A: Concord-10-2 (2012), Westfield-11-1 (1993), Indianapolis Cathedral-8-5 (2012), Terre Haute North-10-2 (first time).
Class 4A: East Chicago Central-11-2 (first time), F.W. Bishop Dwenger-10-3 (2010), New Palestine-13-0 (1990), Columbus East-13-0 (2012).
Class 3A: Andrean-13-0 (2012), West Lafayette-12-1 (2011), Brebeuf Jesuit-10-3 (first time), Gibson Southern-13-0 (2012).
Class 2A: Rensselaer Central-11-2 (2010), Tipton-10-3 (1994), Cardinal Ritter-10-2 (2012), Paoli-11-2 (2009).
Class 1A: Winamac-13-0 (2000), Tri-Central-12-1 (first time), Eastern Hancock-13-0 (1985), Linton-Stockton-13-0 (2012).
SEMISTATE PAIRINGS (Games are Friday unless indicated)
Concord (10-2) at Westfield (11-1), 7:30 p.m.
Terre Haute North (10-2) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-5), 7 p.m.
East Chicago Central (11-2) at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (10-3), 7:30 p.m.
New Palestine (13-0) at Columbus East (13-0), 7 p.m.
West Lafayette (12-1) at Andrean (13-0), 7:30 p.m.
Gibson Southern (13-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (10-3), 4 p.m. Saturday
Rensselaer Central (11-2) at Tipton (10-3), 7 p.m.
Paoli (11-2) at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (11-2), 7:30 p.m.
Tri-Central (12-1) at Winamac (13-0), 7:30 p.m.
Linton-Stockton (13-0) at Eastern Hancock (13-0), 8 p.m.