THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S HONOR ROLL
PLAYOFF EDITION – WEEK FIVE
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
Elvin Caldwell carried the football 19 times for 145 yards as Westfield rolled past Concord, 35-3, for the Class 5A northern semistate title. Nick Ferrer completed his first 13 passes and finished 13-of-16 for 183 yards and one score as the Shamrocks (12-1) took advantage of three turnovers to win their first semistate since 1992. Trevor Wilmore tossed for 101 yards for the Minutemen (10-3).
Caleb Cross accumulated 250 yards and four touchdowns, leading Indianapolis Cathedral to 42-20 victory over Terre Haute North for the Class 5A southern semistate crown. Colin Barthel completed 12-of-15 passes for 140 yards and one score for the Irish (9-5), who captured their fourth straight semistate title. Kai Stratten ran for two touchdowns, Chris Barrett threw for 123 yards, and Zach Potter connected on field goals of 42 and 35 yards, along with two extra points for the Patriots (10-3).
Mike Fiacable tossed for 148 yards and three touchdowns, lifting Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger to a 38-0 blanking of East Chicago Central in the Class 4A northern semistate final. Ryan Wattercutter had two scoring catches along with an interception, while Zach Norton picked off two passes and returned one for a score for the Saints (11-3), who return to the finals for the first time since 2010. Carlos Fernandez tallied 116 total yards for the Cardinals (11-3, who had six passes intercepted.
Markell Jones raced for 286 yards and four touchdowns, guiding Columbus East to its first trip to the state finals with a 49-14 win over New Palestine in the Class 4A south semistate. Alex Cowan chipped in 102 yards of offense and two scores on the ground for the Olympians (14-0). Blake Luker had a touchdown pass for the Dragons (13-1).
Matt DeSomer threw two touchdown passes and also ran for two scores as Andrean cruised to a 52-7 victory over West Lafayette for the Class 3A northern semistate crown. Trevor Berg added 135 yards rushing for the 59ers, who won their first semistate since 2004. All-time leading rusher Maurice Woodard tallied 82 yards for the Red Devils (13-1).
LeVante' Bellamy scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter as Brebeuf Jesuit tallied 28 points on its way to a 35-14 win over Gibson Southern in the Class 3A southern semistate final. Bellamy finished with 11 carries for 176 yards as the Braves (11-3) earned their first trip to the state finals. Nick Sellers tossed for 221 yards and one score, and Mason Lankford tallied two scores, including a 65-yard fumble recovery for the Titans (13-1).
Austin Hooker accounted for more than 200 yards of offense and four touchdowns in Tipton's 27-0 blanking of Rensselaer Central in the Class 2A northern semistate final. Hooker passed for 163 yards and ran for 79 yards as the Blue Devils (11-3) won their first semistate since 1994. Rylan Arihood ran for 117 yards on the ground for the Bombers (11-3).
Jake Purichia moved into third place in career yards passing by completing 10-of-13 attempts for 310 yards and five touchdowns as Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter scored on its first seven possessions in a 49-16 thrashing of Paoli for the Class 2A southern semistate title. Purichia, who is the state leader with 140 career touchdown passes, now has 10,873 yards passing. Jake Hagan caught four passes for 139 yards and two scores, Jeff Cmeil added two scoring catches, and Logan Beaman rushed for 100 yards for the Raiders (12-2), who won their second semistate in a row. Brett Balsmeyer had 87 yards passing and one score for the Rams (11-3).
Cody Howell capped off an 80-yard scoring drive with the game-winning touchdown from one-yard out with 4.5 seconds left, lifting Tri-Central to a 20-14 win over Winamac in the Class 1A northern semistate title clash. Howell passed for 154 yards and added 59 on the ground to lift the Trojans (13-1) to their first semistate championship. Parker Fox tossed for 160 yards, and leading rusher Tyler Katschke added 99 yards on the ground and one score for the Warriors (13-1), who battled back from a 14-0 deficit.
Spencer Gilbert and Cooper Henderson combined for over 250 yards rushing, helping Eastern Hancock to a 37-16 win over Linton-Stockton for the Class 1A southern semistate championship. Gilbert ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and Henderson added 103 yards and two scores. Logan Splater tossed for 125 yards and ran for one tally as the Royals (14-0) captured their first semistate since 1985. Beau Eaton threw for 106 yards and one score for the Miners (13-1).