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The Indiana Football Digest's Top Games - 2016 State Finals

Posted Nov 23, 2016

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea

ALL GAMES AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM

CLASS 1A: NO. 3 PIONEER (14-0) VS. NO. 2 LINTON-STOCKTON (14-0)

GAME TIME: Noon EST, Saturday.

COACHES: Adam Berry, 14-0 in first season at Pioneer. Brian Oliver, 51-5 in fourth season at Linton-Stockton.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Pioneer beat Adams Central, 22-8. Linton-Stockton beat Indianapolis Lutheran, 43-14.

PREVIOUS MEETING: None.

LAST TIME IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: Pioneer (1997), Linton-Stockton (none).

TOP PERFORMERS: Pioneer quarterback Jack Kiser (198 carries for 1,576 yards and 34 touchdowns and 70-of-122 passing for 1,206 yards and 24 touchdowns). Linton-Stockton quarterback Tyler Meurer (98 rushes for 1,357 yards and 28 touchdowns and 53-of-109 passes for 1,307 yards and 20 touchdowns).

QUICK FACTS: Pioneer has forced 25 turnovers (12 fumbles and 13 interceptions) and turned the ball over just six times (two fumbles and four interceptions). Linton-Stockton has scored 724 points and allowed 114 points this season.

CLASS 2A: NO. 3 EASTBROOK (13-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER (10-4)

GAME TIME: Noon EST, Friday.

COACHES: Jeff Adamson, 242-82 in 28th season at Eastbrook. Ty Hunt, 116-30 in 11th season at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Eastbrook beat Whiting, 20-13. Indianapolis Ritter beat Monrovia, 14-13.

PREVIOUS MEETING: None.

LAST TIME IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: Eastbrook (none), Cardinal Ritter (2013).

TOP PERFORMERS: Eastbrook running back Devon Wallace (202 carries for 994 yards and 18 touchdowns). Cardinal Ritter running back Avery Hall (347 rushes for 1,923 yards and 22 touchdowns).

QUICK FACTS: Eastbrook is averaging 389 yards a game and allowing 232 yards per contest. Cardinal Ritter has won 10 games in a row.

CLASS 3A: NO. 7 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (12-2) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1)

GAME TIME: 3:30 p.m. EST, Saturday.

COACHES: Tim Mannigel, 33-45 in seventh season at Fort Wayne Concordia. Ryan Knigga, 50-20 in sixth season at Lawrenceburg.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Fort Wayne Concordia beat Garrett, 56-42. Lawrenceburg beat Brownstown Central, 41-40.

PREVIOUS MEETING: None.

LAST TIME IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: F.W. Concordia (none), Lawrenceburg (1978).

TOP PERFORMERS: Concordia Lutheran quarterback Peter Morrison (227-of-341 passing for 3,604 yards and 46 touchdowns and 91 carries for 301 yards and five touchdowns). Lawrenceburg running back Austin Bowling (359 carries for 3,003 yards and 52 touchdowns).

QUICK FACTS: Concordia Lutheran is averaging 270 yards passing, compared to 127 yards a game for its opponents. Lawrenceburg has scored 41 or more points 10 times.

CLASS 4A: NO. 2 NORTHWOOD (14-0) VS. NO. 1 INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (14-0)

GAME TIME: 3:30 p.m. EST, Friday.

COACHES: Nate Andrews, 28-9 in third season at NorthWood, 68-48 in 10th season overall. Bruce Scifres, 247-88 in 27th season at Indianapolis Roncalli.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: NorthWood beat Lowell, 21-14. Indianapolis Roncalli beat East Central, 24-21.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Indianapolis Roncalli. 14-12, on November 27, 1993 in Class 3A state championship game.

LAST TIME IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: NorthWood (2005), Roncalli (2004).

TOP PERFORMERS: NorthWood quarterback Trey Bilinski (194-of-329 for 3,183 yards and 39 touchdowns). Roncalli running back Kenny Gillum (190 rushes for 1,212 yards and 17 touchdowns). 

QUICK FACTS: NorthWood has been whistled for 101 penalties, compared to 90 penalties for the opposition. Roncalli has racked up 237 first downs, compared to 190 first downs for its opponents.

CLASS 5A: NO. 5 WESTFIELD (11-2) VS. NO. 4 COLUMBUS EAST (13-1)

GAME TIME: 7:05 p.m. EST, Saturday.

COACHES: Jake Gilbert, 45-27 in sixth season at Westfield, 75-63 in 12th season overall. Bob Gaddis, 172-32 in 16th season at Columbus East, 290-132 in 38th season overall.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Westfield beat Fort Wayne Snider, 23-17. Columbus East beat Bloomington South, 35-15.

PREVIOUS MEETING: None.

LAST TIME IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: Westfield (none), Columbus East (2013).

TOP PERFORMERS: Westfield running back Nate Froelich (219 carries for 1,150 yards and 16 touchdowns). Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan (240 rushes for 2.272 yards and 38 touchdowns).

QUICK FACTS: Westfield has recorded 20 interceptions while throwing just six picks this season. Columbus East is averaging 47 points a contest, while the opposition is scoring 17 points a game.

CLASS 6A: NO. 7 CARMEL (9-4) VS. NO. 3 CENTER GROVE (12-1)

GAME TIME: 7:05 p.m. EST, Friday

COACHES: John Hebert, 19-7 in second season at Carmel. Eric Moore, 173-55 in 18th season at Center Grove, 221-60 in 22nd season overall.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Carmel beat Penn, 21-10. Center Grove beat Ben Davis, 42-22.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Center Grove, 19-6, on September 2, 2016.

LAST TIME IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: Carmel (2011), Center Grove (2015).

TOP PERFORMERS: Carmel quarterback Jake McDonald (167-of-249 for 2,196 yards and 31 touchdowns). Center Grove running back Russ Yeast (174 carries for 1,472 yards and 19 touchdowns and 27 receptions for 554 yards and eight touchdowns).

QUICK FACTS: Carmel is averaging 34.1 yards per punt, compared to 34 yards a boot for its opponents. Center Grove has rushed for 3,586 yards, compared to 1,468 yards for the opposition.

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