The Indiana Football Digest's 2014 Top Games – Semistate And Regional Finals

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THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S 2014 TOP GAMES – SEMISTATE AND REGIONAL FINALS

BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA

CLASS 6A SEMISTATE FINALS

CARMEL (12-0) AT PENN (12-0)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Freed Field.

COACHES: Kevin Wright, 53-9 in 5th year at Carmel, 187-63 in 21st year overall. Cory Yeoman, 130-26 in 12th year at Penn.

LAST OUTING: Carmel beat Carroll (Fort Wayne), 56-6. Penn beat Merrillville, 42-6.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Carmel 64-56, Penn 52-75.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Carmel, 5-2.

LAST MEETING: Carmel, 28-13, Nov. 15, 2013, semistate.

WORTH NOTING: Carmel is going after back-to-back semistate titles and 10th overall, while Penn has celebrated 10 times, but not since 2011.

CENTER GROVE (9-3) AT BEN DAVIS (10-2)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Giants Stadium.

COACHES: Eric Moore, 147-53 in 16th year at Center Grove, 196-59 in 20th year overall. Mike Kirschner, 64-27 in 8th year at Ben Davis, 78-53 in 12th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Center Grove beat Southport, 35-22. Ben Davis beat Warren Central, 40-36.

VS. COMMON FOES: Center Grove 5-2. Ben Davis 7-2.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Center Grove 69-63, Ben Davis 74-58.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Ben Davis, 13-8.

LAST MEETING: Ben Davis, 28-0, Sep. 12, 2014.

WORTH NOTING: Center Grove is looking for its third semistate and first since 2008, while Ben Davis has won nine times, but not since 2002.

CLASS 5A REGIONAL FINALS

LAPORTE (6-5) AT ELKHART CENTRAL (5-6)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Rice Field.

COACHES: Bob Schellinger, 108-121 in 22nd year at LaPorte, 177-166 in 34th year overall. Levon Johnson, 18-35 in 5th year at Elkhart Central.

LAST OUTING: LaPorte beat Mishawaka, 28-21. Elkhart Central beat Concord, 23-14.

VS. COMMON FOES: LaPorte 1-0, Elkhart Central 0-1.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: LaPorte 63-55, Elkhart Central 59-58.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: LaPorte, 6-4.

LAST MEETING: LaPorte, 35-7, Aug. 27, 2010.

WORTH NOTING: LaPorte's only regional title came in 2006, while Elkhart Central is trying for its first championship.

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-2) AT WESTFIELD (7-4)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Stanley Stadium.

COACHES: Kurt Tippmann, 60-17 in 6th year at Fort Wayne Snider. Jake Gilbert, 27-19 in 4th year at Westfield, 57-55 in 10th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Fort Wayne Snider beat Fort Wayne Wayne, 24-13. Westfield beat Harrison (West Lafayette), 45-24.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fort Wayne Snider 65-52, Westfield 65-51.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Westfield, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Westfield, 36-7, Nov. 15, 2013, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Snider is going for its 14th regional championship and first since 2012, while Westfield is going for two straight and fourth overall.

WHITELAND (8-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (6-5)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Indianapolis Tech H.S.

COACHES: Darrin Fisher, 74-41 in 10th year at Whiteland, 135-113 in 24th year overall. Rick Streiff, 196-62 in 20th year at Indianapolis Cathedral, 217-94 in 25th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Whiteland beat Floyd Central, 42-13. Indianapolis Cathedral beat Decatur Central, 59-14.

VS. COMMON FOES: Whiteland 0-2, Indianapolis Cathedral 1-1.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Whiteland 57-61, Indianapolis Cathedral 59-39.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Cathedral, 4-0.

LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Cathedral, 56-28, Nov. 15, 2013, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Whiteland captured its lone regional crown in 1999, while Cathedral has won eight in a row and 16 overall.

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (10-1) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (10-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Fred Huff Field.

COACHES: Tim Herrin, 12-9 in 2nd year at Terre Haute South. Mo Moriarity, 157-39 in 17th year at Bloomington South, 261-80 in 29th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Terre Haute South beat Terre Haute North, 34-24. Bloomington South beat Martinsville, 59-21.

VS. COMMON FOES: Terre Haute South 7-0, Bloomington South 5-1.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Terre Haute South 61-58, Bloomington South 60-58.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Bloomington South, 10-2.

LAST MEETING: Bloomington South, 53-35, Sep. 26, 2014.

WORTH NOTING: Terre Haute South's only regional title came in 1988, while Bloomington South has celebrated eight times, but not since 2001.

CLASS 4A REGIONAL FINALS

LOWELL (8-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (11-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Amzie Miller Field.

COACHES: Keith Kilmer, 30-22 in 5th year at Lowell. Russ Radtke, 32-4 in 3rd year at New Prairie, 322-124 in 38th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Lowell beat Hammond Morton, 28-3. New Prairie beat Plymouth, 37-35.

VS. COMMON FOES: Lowell 0-1, New Prairie 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Lowell 72-57, New Prairie 70-62.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Lowell has won six regional championships, but none since 2009, while New Prairie's only crown came in 2004.

NORTHRIDGE (10-2) AT NORWELL (6-6)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, The Courtyard.

COACHES: Tom Wogomon, 17-5 in 2nd year at Northridge, 42-42 in 8th year overall. Jeff Miller, 88-83 in 15th year at Norwell.

LAST OUTING: Northridge beat Leo, 9-7. Norwell beat Columbia City, 35-7.

VS. COMMON FOES: Northridge 2-0, Norwell 1-1.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Northridge 62-65, Norwell 71-63.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Northridge is trying for its first regional title, while Norwell has won two times, but not since 2006.

NEW PALESTINE (12-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (7-5)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Roncalli Field.

COACHES: Kyle Ralph, 25-1 in 2nd year at New Palestine. Bruce Scifres, 224-82 in 25th year at Indianapolis Roncalli.

LAST OUTING: New Palestine beat Beech Grove, 83-20. Indianapolis Roncalli beat Plainfield, 24-17.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Palestine 59-69, Indianapolis Roncalli 69-65.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Roncalli, 6-0.

LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Roncalli, 35-21, Nov. 3, 1995, sectional.

WORTH NOTING: Roncalli is going for its first regional crown since 2005 and 14th overall, while New Palestine is looking to make it two in a row and four overall.

EVANSVILLE REITZ (11-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (12-0)

GAME TIME: 8 pm ET, Columbus East Field.

COACHES: Andy Hape, 19-5 in 2nd year at Evansville Reitz. Bob Gaddis, 147-29 in 14th year at Columbus East, 265-129 in 36th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Evansville Reitz beat Jasper, 45-38. Columbus East beat East Central, 28-9.

VS. COMMON FOES: Evansville Reitz 1-0, Columbus East 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Evansville Reitz 54-52, Columbus East 53-73.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Columbus East, 35-21, Nov. 10, 2012, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Reitz has captured six regional titles, but none since 2010, while Columbus East has three in a row and seven overall.

CLASS 3A REGIONAL FINALS

JIMTOWN (9-3) AT ANDREAN (12-0)

GAME TIME: 6:30 pm CT, Father Eckert Field.

COACHES: Mike. Campbell, 72-18 in 7th year at Jimtown. Phil Mason, 71-19 in 7th year at Andrean, 104-56 in 14th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Jimtown beat Peru, 48-0. Andrean beat Calumet, 62-6.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Jimtown 70-62, Andrean 61-58.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Andrean, 27-7, Nov. 15, 2013, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Jimtown has won 12 regional championships, but not since 2009, while Andrean is trying for its third straight and eighth overall.

YORKTOWN (11-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (10-2)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.

COACHES: Mike Wilhelm, 64-46 in 10th year at Yorktown. Kyle Lindsay, 12-13 in 2nd year at Fort Wayne Luers.

LAST OUTING: Yorktown beat Delta, 35-12. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers beat Garrett, 54-6.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Yorktown 63-66, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 61-56.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Yorktown has never won a regional before, while Bishop Luers is going for its 18th title and first since 2012.

GUERIN CATHOLIC (9-3) AT TRI-WEST (11-1)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Tri-West Field.

COACHES: Tom Dilley, 9-3 in 1st year at Guerin Catholic, 89-80 in 15th year overall. Chris Coll, 59-37 in 9th year at Tri-West.

LAST OUTING: Guerin Catholic beat Hamilton Heights, 28-20. Tri-West beat Western Boone, 54-28.

VS. COMMON FOES: Guerin Catholic 1-0, Tri-West 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Guerin Catholic 80-52, Tri-West 61-65.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Guerin Catholic has won two regional titles, but not since 2011, while Tri-West is looking for its first championship since 2004 and ninth overall.

HERITAGE HILLS (11-1) AT CHARLESTOWN (10-2)

GAME TIME: 8 pm ET, Dutch Reis Field.

COACHES: Todd Wilkerson, 18-14 in 3rd year at Heritage Hills. Darin Ward, 10-2 in 1st year at Charlestown, 70-29 in 9th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Heritage Hills beat Gibson Southern, 14-13. Charlestown beat North Harrison, 18-7.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Heritage Hills 69-63, Charlestown 65-61.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Heritage Hills, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: Heritage Hills, 32-6, Oct. 31, 2008, sectional.

WORTH NOTING: Heritage Hills has won eight regional crowns, but none since 2007, while Charlestown celebrated its only title in 1989.

CLASS 2A REGIONAL FINALS

RENSSELAER CENTRAL (12-0) AT BREMEN (7-5)

GAME TIME: 8 pm ET, Don Bunge Field.

COACHES: Chris Meeks, 131-64 in 16th year at Rensselaer Central. Bob Holmes, 44-18 in 5th year at Bremen, 110-89 in 19th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Rensselaer Central beat Wheeler, 51-7. Bremen beat Woodlan, 35-14.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Rensselaer Central 56-72, Bremen 64-68.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Rensselaer Central, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Rensselaer Central, 24-0, Nov. 15, 2013, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Rensselaer is going for its second consecutive regional championship and fourth overall, while Bremen has won eight times, but not since 2011.

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9-3) AT LAPEL (6-6)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, The Boneyard.

COACHES: Kevin O'Shea, 86-8 in 7th year at Lafayette Central Catholic, 186-71 in 22nd year overall. Tim Miller, 11-22 in 3rd year at Lapel.

LAST OUTING: Lafayette Central Catholic beat Lewis Cass, 42-0. Lapel beat Oak Hill, 24-20.

VS. COMMON FOES: Lafayette Central Catholic 1-0, Lapel 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Lafayette Central Catholic 64-66, Lapel 79-53.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Lafayette Central Catholic is looking for its seventh regional championship and first since 2012, while Lapel is trying for its first crown.

MONROVIA (10-2) AT SHENANDOAH (10-2)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Shenandoah Field.

COACHES: Kevin Hutchins, 47-25 in 6th year at Monrovia, 64-58 in 11th year overall. Scott Widner, 66-16 in 7th year at Shenandoah, 66-26 in 8th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Monrovia beat Indianapolis Ritter, 62-14. Shenandoah beat Winchester, 27-7.

VS. COMMON FOES: Monrovia 1-0, Shenandoah 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Monrovia 63-70, Shenandoah 76-57.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Monrovia's only regional title came in 2009, while Shenandoah is going for its first championship.

TRITON CENTRAL (11-1) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12-0)

GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Reitz Bowl.

COACHES: Tim Able, 20-4 in 2nd year at Triton Central, 145-102 in 22nd year overall. Mike Goebel, 182-50 in 18th year at Evansville Mater Dei.

LAST OUTING: Triton Central beat Milan, 31-6. Evansville Mater Dei beat North Posey, 28-9.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Triton Central 69-65, Evansville Mater Dei 53-73.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Evansville Mater Dei 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Evansville Mater Dei, 48-14, Nov. 12, 2011, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Triton Central is in pursuit of its first regional championship, while Mater Dei is looking for its 12th crown and first since 2012.

CLASS 1A REGIONAL FINALS

PIONEER (11-1) AT WINAMAC (12-0)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Roudebush Field.

COACHES: Mike Johnson, 200-76 in 24th year at Pioneer. Tim Roth, 227-133 in 34th year at Winamac.

LAST OUTING: Pioneer beat Carroll (Flora), 44-0. Winamac beat LaVille, 33-3.

VS. COMMON FOES: Pioneer 9-0, Winamac 8-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Pioneer 61-68, Winamac 64-63.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Winamac, 20-13.

LAST MEETING: Winamac, 23-14, Aug. 30, 2014.

WORTH NOTING: Pioneer has won three regional titles, but none since 2002, while Winamac is going for its second in a row and third overall.

TRI-CENTRAL (10-1) AT SOUTH ADAMS (6-6)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Star Field.

COACHES: George Gilbert, 43-25 in 6th year at Tri-Central, 204-161 in 34th year overall. Rick Burkhalter, 11-14 in 2nd year at South Adams.

LAST OUTING: Tri-Central beat Sheridan, 34-14. South Adams beat Southern Wells, 31-14.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Tri-Central 49-68, South Adams 76-57.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Tri-Central 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Tri-Central, 28-7, Nov. 15, 2013, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Tri-Central is going for back-to-back regional titles, while South Adams' lone championship came in 1992.

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (9-3) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (10-2)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Ed Knarr Field.

COACHES: Dave Pasch, 46-33 in 7th year at Indianapolis Lutheran, 111-90 in 18th year overall. Jim O'Hara, 10-2 in 1st year at Eastern Hancock, 97-50 in 13th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Lutheran beat Indianapolis Howe, 49-14. Eastern Hancock beat Northeastern, 21-20.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Lutheran 66-66, Eastern Hancock 77-55.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Lutheran is looking for its first regional championship, while Eastern Hancock is after its third overall and second in a row.

LINTON-STOCKTON (11-1) AT NORTH VERMILLION (12-0)

GAME TIME: 8 pm ET, Gibson Field.

COACHES: Brian Oliver, 24-2 in 2nd year at Linton-Stockton. Brian Crabtree, 34-2 in 3rd year at North Vermillion, 69-41 in 10th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Linton-Stockton beat North Knox, 41-0. North Vermillion beat Fountain Central, 48-20.

VS. COMMON FOES: Linton-Stockton 1-0, North Vermillion 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Linton-Stockton 61-65, North Vermillion 58-70.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Linton-Stockton is going for its fourth straight regional title and ninth overall, while North Vermillion has never won a regional.

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