The Indiana Football Digest's 2014 Top Games – State Finals

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

BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA

FRIDAY'S GAMES

CLASS 2A: RENSSELAER CENTRAL (14-0) VS EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (14-0)

GAME TIME: Noon ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Chris Meeks, 133-64 in 16th year at Rensselaer Central. Mike Goebel, 184-50 in 18th year at Evansville Mater Dei.

LAST OUTING: Rensselaer Central beat Lafayette Central Catholic, 17-14. Evansville Mater Dei beat Monrovia, 42-18.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Rensselaer Central 74-83, Evansville Mater Dei 75-79.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Rensselaer Central has scored 731 points and allowed just 146 points this season. Evansville Mater Dei has rushed for 3,609 yards and allowed 1,697 yards over 14 games.

CLASS 4A: NEW PRAIRIE (13-1) VS NEW PALESTINE (14-0)

GAME TIME: 3:30 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Russ Radtke, 34-4 in 3rd year at New Prairie, 324-124 in 38th year overall. Kyle Ralph, 27-1 in 2nd year at New Palestine.

LAST OUTING: New Prairie beat Northridge, 28-10. New Palestine beat Columbus East, 30-28.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Prairie 91-72, New Palestine 79-77.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: New Prairie has rushed for 5,763 yards and surrendered 1,966 yards this season. New Palestine Has scored 780 points and allowed only 110 points over 14 contests.

CLASS 6A: CARMEL (13-0) VS BEN DAVIS (11-2)

GAME TIME: 7:05 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Kevin Wright, 54-9 in 5th year at Carmel, 188-63 in 21st year overall. Mike Kirschner, 65-27 in 8th year at Ben Davis, 79-53 in 12th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Carmel beat Penn, 14-13. Ben Davis beat Center Grove, 49-45.

VS. COMMON FOES: Carmel 6-0, Ben Davis 8-1.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Carmel 77-58, Ben Davis 86-63.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Ben Davis, 17-16.

LAST MEETING: Carmel, 37-14, Oct. 3, 2014.

WORTH NOTING: Carmel has run for 3,958 yards and allowed 1,803 yards over 13 games. Ben Davis has passed for 3,346 yards, compared to 2,158 for its opponents.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

CLASS 1A: PIONEER (13-1) VS NORTH VERMILLION (14-0)

GAME TIME: Noon ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Mike Johnson, 202-76 in 24th year at Pioneer. Brian Crabtree, 36-2 in 3rd year at North Vermillion, 71-41 in 10th year overall.

LAST OUTING: Pioneer beat South Adams, 62-7. North Vermillion beat Indianapolis Lutheran, 37-19.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Pioneer 80-77, North Vermillion 79-76.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Pioneer has accumulated 6,274 yards of offense and scored 717 points this season. North Vermillion has tallied 708 points and allowed 120 over 14 games.

CLASS 3A: ANDREAN (14-0) VS TRI-WEST (13-1)

GAME TIME: 3:30 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Phil Mason, 73-19 in 7th year at Andrean, 106-56 in 14th year overall. Chris Coll, 61-37 in 9th year at Tri-West.

LAST OUTING: Andrean beat Fort Wayne Luers, 17-15. Tri-West beat Heritage Hills, 14-6.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Andrean 81-66, Tri-West 82-71.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: Andrean has rolled up 594 points and 5,495 yards of offense. Tri-West has thrown for 2,790 yards, compared to 1,797 for the opposition.

CLASS 5A: LAPORTE (8-5) VS INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (8-5)

GAME TIME: 7:05 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Bob Schellinger, 110-121 in 22nd year at LaPorte, 179-166 in 34th year overall. Rick Streiff, 198-62 in 20th year at Indianapolis Cathedral, 219-94 in 25th year overall.

LAST OUTING: LaPorte beat Fort Wayne Snider, 35-7. Indianapolis Cathedral beat Bloomington South, 27-24, overtime.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: LaPorte 80-65, Indianapolis Cathedral 79-46.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.

WORTH NOTING: LaPorte has racked up 204 first downs, compared to 202 for its opponents. Cathedral has rushed for 2,583 yards and thrown for 2,075 yards over 13 games.

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