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The Indiana Football Digest's Honor Roll - 2016 Semistate Finals

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea



Russ Yeast carried the ball 18 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns for No. 3 and defending state champion Center Grove in a 42-22 win over No. 4 Ben Davis. Titus McCoy added 12 touches for 98 yards and one score for the Trojans (12-1), who are the only team with an opportunity to win back-to-back titles. Reese Taylor was 23-of-39 for 220 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another tally for the Giants (9-4).

Jake McDonald completed 12-of-16 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns in No. 7 Carmel's 21-10 upset of No. 2 Penn. Jalen Walker added six catches for 96 yards and two scores for the Greyhounds (9-4). Paul Moala blocked two punts and an extra-point, while Connor Schneider returned a blocked punt 41 yards for a score for the Kingsmen (12-1).


Will Harrison connected on three field goals, including the go-ahead 53-yard kick in the third quarter, leading No. 5 Westfield to a 23-17 win over top-ranked and defending state champion Fort Wayne Snider. Harrison also converted kicks of 30 and 24 yards to snap Snider's 18-game winning streak. Andy Sweet tallied 97 total yards with a touchdown pass, and Nate Froelich added 63 yards on the ground and one tally for the Shamrocks (11-2). Michael Haupert had 16 carries for 131 yards for the Panthers (12-1).

Jamon Hogan rambled 24 times for 278 yards and two touchdowns for No. 4 Columbus East in a 35-15 win at No. 3 Bloomington South. Cam Wilson chipped in a 75-yard kickoff return for the Olympians (13-1). Kristian Pechnac has 28 runs for 213 yards and one score, while Gavin Yeskie threw for 174 yards and one tally for the Panthers (11-2).


Trey Bilinski's one yard run with 1:53 remaining capped off an 11-play, 59-yard drive, leading No. 2 NorthWood to a 21-14 victory over Lowell. earn its first trip to the state championship game since 2005 with a 21-14 win at Lowell. Bilinski also tossed a nine-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Smart, and Brayton Yoder added 80 yards rushing for the Panthers (14-0). Trevor Espravnik carried the ball 43 times for 187 yards and one tally for the Red Devils (9-5).

Patrick Sandler's 30-yard field goal on the final play of regulation lifted No. 1 Indianapolis Roncalli to a 24-21 win over No. 7 East Central. Sandler also connected on the game-winning 21-yard kick earlier in the playoffs against Lebanon (34-33). Derek O'Connor was 18-of-26 for a career-high 216 yards and one score on the ground, while Kenny Gillum added 73 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Rebels (14-0). Alex Maxwell paced the Trojans (11-3) with 20 runs for 160 yards and two scores.


Peter Morrison went 15-of-22 for 279 yards and five touchdowns for No. 7 Fort Wayne Concordia in its 56-42 win over Garrett. Peterson Kerlegrand recorded 125 yards of offense with a scoring run and catch, and Gabe Vohs added 11 tackles to help the Cadets (12-2) reach the state finals for the first time. Cameron Smith rambled 26 times for 198 yards and four touchdowns, and Tanner Burns racked up 125 total yards with a scoring toss for the Railroaders (12-2).

Austin Bowling ran 33 times for 202 yards and three scores as Lawrenceburg stopped a potential game-winning two-point conversion with 1:23 left to hold on for a 41-40 victory over No. 9 Brownstown Central. Reid Strobl was 5-of-9 for rambled for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and Jordan Houze hauled in three receptions for 103 yards and one tally to lead the Tigers (13-1) to the title game for the first time since 1985. Gavin Bane led the Braves (12-2) with 17 rushes for 267 yards and five touchdowns.


Blayne Altum had 18 carries for 138 yards and the game-winning three-yard touchdown run with 18.7 seconds left for No. 3 Eastbrook in a 20-13 win over No. 2 Whiting. Justin Singer chipped in 15 rushes for 111 yards and one score to help the Panthers (13-1) reach the title game for the first time since 2004. Stuart Glascow ran 31 times for 183 yards and one score and threw for 57 yards and another tally for the Oilers (12-1).

Avery Hall rushed 28 times for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading No. 7 Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter to a 14-13 win over No. 5 and defending state champion Monrovia. Diomoni Small added 180 yards of offense as the Raiders (10-4) snapped Monrovia''s 10-game post-season winning streak. Clay Whiney carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards and one tally for the Bulldogs (9-5), who came up short on the potential winning two-point conversion.


Jack Kiser raced for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and also threw for a score as No. 3 Pioneer' downed No. 6 Adams Central, 22-8. Keith Nies chipped in 19 touches for 126 and also caught a pass for a score for the Panthers (14-0). Drew Schultz tallied 83 yards on the ground for the Flying Jets (12-2).

Tyler Meurer scampered 16 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception for another score as No. 2 Linton-Stockton used a big fourth quarter to race past Indianapolis Lutheran, 43-14. Garrett Mason added 17 rushes for 81 yards and two scores as the Miners (14-0) tallied 23 points in the final 12 minutes to return to the title game for the second straight year. Andre Jones ran 20 times for 144 yards and a touchdown for the Saints (10-4).

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