COACH OF THE WEEK HONORED

Coach Bill Peebles of Southport High School names third coach of the week for 2008

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The 2008 season marks the eleventh year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The Southport Cardinals beat the Pike Red Devils Friday night in a game filled with excitement. The Cardinals knocked off the Red Devils 28-21 behind Head Coach Bill Peebles' coaching prowess. Southport's win ended a 14-game Conference Indiana losing streak.

The win also ended Pike's 12-game regular season winning streak which dated back to last year.

The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication to young people, the best available athletes into high potential football players.

All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach's impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.

Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be recognized and announced. Coach Dungy will also announce each week's winner in his weekly press conference.

At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by Colts President Bill Polian and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from NFL Charities. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school's athletic fund.

The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 3:

Region 1 – Wally McCormack of Hobart
Region 2 – Tim Dawson of Concord
Region 3 – Barry Ehle of Woodlan
Region 4 – Marshall Overley of West Lafayette
Region 5 – Steve Rinker of Mississinewa
Region 6 – Chris Coll of Tri-West
Region 7 – Winner
Region 8 – Mo Moriarity of Carmel
Region 9 – Paul Maier of Mount Vernon (Posey)
Region 10 – Bob Gaddis of Columbus East

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