The Indiana Football Digest's 2014 Top Games - Semistate Finals

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

BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA

CLASS 5A

LAPORTE (7-5) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (10-2)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET Friday, Spuller Stadium.

COACHES: Bob Schellinger, 109-121 in 22nd year at LaPorte, 178-166 in 34th year overall. Kurt Tippmann, 61-17 in 6th year at Fort Wayne Snider.

LAST OUTING: LaPorte beat Elkhart Central, 55-21. Fort Wayne Snider beat Westfield, 32-24.

VS. COMMON FOES: LaPorte 1-0, Fort Wayne Snider 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: LaPorte 69-62, Fort Wayne Snider 73-59.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: LaPorte is looking for its first semistate title, while Snider is going for its seventh crown and first since 2012.

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (7-5) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (11-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET Friday, Fred Huff Field.

COACHES: Rick Streiff, 197-62 in 20th year at Indianapolis Cathedral, 218-94 in 25th year overall. Mo Moriarity, 158-39 in 17th year at Bloomington South, 262-80 in 29th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Cathedral beat Whiteland, 48-14. Bloomington South beat Terre Haute South, 36-22.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Cathedral 68-44, Bloomington South 70-61.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Cathedral, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Cathedral, 34-6, Oct. 14, 1988.

WORTH NOTING: Cathedral is trying its fifth straight semistate championship and 13th overall, while Bloomington South has won three times, but not since 1998.

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE (12-1) AT NORTHRIDGE (11-2)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET Friday, Northridge Field.

COACHES: Russ Radtke, 33-4 in 3rd year at New Prairie, 323-124 in 38th year overall. Tom Wogomon, 18-5 in 2nd year at Northridge, 43-42 in 8th year overall.

LAST OUTING: New Prairie beat Lowell, 28-27. Northridge beat Norwell, 17-10.

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

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Prairie 79-69, Northridge 68-72.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Northridge, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: Northridge, 20-6, Aug. 29, 1997.

WORTH NOTING: Both teams are in pursuit of their first semistate title.

COLUMBUS EAST (13-0) AT NEW PALESTINE (13-0)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET Friday, Kelso Stadium.

COACHES: Bob Gaddis, 148-29 in 14th year at Columbus East, 266-129 in 36th year overall. Kyle Ralph, 26-1 in 2nd year at New Palestine.

LAST OUTING: Columbus East beat Evansville Reitz, 42-14. New Palestine beat Indianapolis Roncalli, 44-13.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Columbus East 64-75, New Palestine 66-76.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Columbus East, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Columbus East, 49-14, Nov. 22, 2013, semistate.

WORTH NOTING: Columbus East is going for two semistates in a row, while New Palestine's only title came in 1990.

CLASS 3A

ANDREAN (13-0) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (11-2)

GAME TIME: 6 pm ET Saturday, Luers Field.

COACHES: Phil Mason, 72-19 in 7th year at Andrean, 105-56 in 14th year overall. Kyle Lindsay, 13-13 in 2nd year at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

LAST OUTING: Andrean beat Jimtown, 38-7. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers beat Yorktown, 26-25.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Andrean 70-63, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 73-58.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 35-21, Nov. 16, 2012, semistate.

WORTH NOTING: Andrean is going for its second consecutive semistate championship and sixth overall, while Bishop Luers has captured 15 titles, but none since 2012.

TRI-WEST (12-1) AT HERITAGE HILLS (12-1)

GAME TIME: 5 pm CT Saturday, Patriot Field.

COACHES: Chris Coll, 60-37 in 9th year at Tri-West. Todd Wilkerson, 19-14 in 3rd year at Heritage Hills.

LAST OUTING: Tri-West beat Guerin Catholic, 23-15. Heritage Hills beat Charlestown, 28-7.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Tri-West 70-69, Heritage Hills 79-66.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Tri-West has won five semistate crowns, but not since 2004, while Heritage Hills is looking for its third championship and first since 2004.

CLASS 2A

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-3) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (13-0)

GAME TIME: 6:30 pm CT Friday, Harrison Field.

COACHES: Kevin O'Shea, 87-8 in 7th year at Lafayette Central Catholic, 187-71 in 22nd year overall. Chris Meeks, 132-64 in 16th year at Rensselaer Central.

LAST OUTING: Lafayette Central Catholic beat Lapel, 54-12. Rensselaer Central beat Bremen, 48-13.

VS. COMMON FOES: Lafayette Central Catholic 5-1. Rensselaer Central 5-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Lafayette Central Catholic 71-74, Rensselaer Central 64-78.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Lafayette Central Catholic, 7-3.

LAST MEETING: Rensselaer Central, 9-0, Oct. 10, 2014.

WORTH NOTING: Lafayette Central Catholic is going for its sixth semistate title and first since 2012, while Rensselaer has never won one before.

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (13-0) AT MONROVIA (11-2)

GAME TIME: 3:30 pm ET Saturday, Monrovia Field.

COACHES: Mike Goebel, 183-50 in 18th year at Evansville Mater Dei. Kevin Hutchins, 48-25 in 6th year at Monrovia, 65-58 in 11th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Evansville Mater Dei beat Triton Central, 28-14. Monrovia beat Shenandoah, 24-14.

VS. COMMON FOES: Evansville Mater Dei 1-0. Monrovia 1-0.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Evansville Mater Dei 64-76, Monrovia 74-74.

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

LAST MEETING: Evansville Mater Dei, 20-13, Nov. 10, 1989, regional.

WORTH NOTING: Mater Dei has captured four semistate crowns, but none since 2011, while Monrovia's only title came in 2009.

CLASS 1A

SOUTH ADAMS (7-6) AT PIONEER (12-1)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET Friday, The Pit.

COACHES: Rick Burkhalter, 12-14 in 2nd year at South Adams. Mike Johnson, 201-76 in 24th year at Pioneer.

LAST OUTING: South Adams beat Tri-Central, 14-6. Pioneer beat Winamac, 28-6.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: South Adams 86-59, Pioneer 73-70.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: South Adams is going after its first semistate title, while Pioneer's only championship took place in 1997.

NORTH VERMILLION (13-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (10-3)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET Friday, Roncalli H.S.

COACHES: Brian Crabtree, 35-2 in 3rd year at North Vermillion, 70-41 in 10th year overall. Dave Pasch, 47-33 in 7th year at Indianapolis Lutheran, 112-90 in 18th year overall.

LAST OUTING: North Vermillion beat Linton-Stockton, 31-8. Indianapolis Lutheran beat Eastern Hancock, 21-19.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: North Vermillion 69-72, Indianapolis Lutheran 77-70.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: This will be the first semistate title for both teams.

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