The Indiana Football Digest's Insider – 2015 Volume 5
By Paul Condry And Matt Kopsea
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Defending Class 1A state champion North Vermillion had its 18-game winning streak halted with a 21-7 loss to Linton-Stockton. The Falcons also had their 31-game regular season streak snapped.
Center Grove coach Eric Moore earned his 200th career victory with the Trojans' 31-19 triumph over defending Class 6A state champion Ben Davis.
Indianapolis Cathedral celebrated its 700th win in program history with 42-14 triumph over Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.
Penn had its 26-game regular season winning streak halted with a 24-21 loss to defending Michigan Division 3 state champion Orchard Lake St. Mary's.
Elkhart Memorial ended its 10-game losing streak with a 42-33 win over Warsaw. It was also the first triumph for new Chargers' skipper Scot Shaw.
Culver saw its 10-game losing skid come to an end with 36-14 decision over West Central.
Munster snapped Andrean's 25-game regular season winning streak with a 31-7 win. The Mustangs also ended the 59ers' 16-game Northwest Crossroads winning streak.
Wheeler ended Whiting's 11-game regular season winning streak with a 28-17 triumph.
Frankton had its 17-game Central Indiana Conference losing streak end with a 34-26 win over Madison-Grant.
South Dearborn ended its 11-game Eastern Indiana Conference losing streak with a 27-7 win over Connersville.
Wabash improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1966 with a 24-7 at Maconaquah. The Apaches have now equaled their win total combined over the last five seasons (4-47).
Merrillville quarterback D.J. Wilkins set a school record with five touchdown passes in the Pirates' 42-16 triumph over Portage.
Beech Grove moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1989 with a 28-21 decision over Indianapolis Scecina.
LaVille is 4-0 for the first time since 1982 with its 38-18 win over Winamac.
South Bend Adams forced eight turnovers in a 14-7 win over Mishawaka. It was the Eagles' first triumph in the series since 1993, snapping a 21-game losing skid.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
A trio of former Indiana high school football players has been named finalists for the 2015 National Football Federation National High School Scholar-Athlete Award.
Rylan Arihood from Rensselaer Central High School in Rensselaer was nominated by the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter. He is currently playing at the University of Indianapolis (Ind.).
Kyle Castner from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis was nominated by the NFF Central Indiana Chapter. He is currently playing at Columbia University.
Logan McCann from Mater Dei High School in Evansville was nominated by the NFF Southern Indiana Chapter. He is currently playing at Marian University (Ind.).
OFF AND RUNNING
These coaches earned their first win at their new place of employment.
Scot Shaw – Elkhart Memorial (42-33 over Warsaw)
Jamie Rickard – Indianapolis Broad Ripple (39-6 over Indianapolis Washington)
Josh Chambers – North Knox (65-23 over Wood Memorial)
Jeff Bean – North Newton (31-0 over Calumet)
Tony Bell – South Decatur (55-0 over Edinburgh)
UPS AND DOWNS
LONGEST CURRENT WINNING STREAKS
New Palestine has won 19 games in a row.
LONGEST CURRENT LOSING STREAKS
Riverton Parke has 22 straight setbacks.
North Central (Indianapolis) and Wood Memorial have 15 straight losses
Cloverdale and South Bend Riley have lost 13 games in a row.
Frontier has a 10-game losing streak.
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON WINS
Columbus East 38, Brownstown Central 29, New Palestine 22, Evansville Mater Dei 22, Plymouth 16
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON LOSSES
Riverton Parke 20,* *Bowman Academy 14, North Central (Indianapolis) 13, Wood Memorial 13, Cloverdale 12, South Bend Riley 12, Frontier 9
LONGEST CURRENT CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
Columbus East has run off 58 consecutive Hoosier Hills Conference games.
Penn has won 26 straight Northern Indiana Conference games.
East Central has won 25 straight Eastern Indiana Conference games.
North Vermillion has won 24 consecutive Wabash River Conference games.
Brownstown Central has captured 23 straight Mid-Southern Conference contests.
Evansville Mater Dei has won 16 straight Southern Indiana Conference contests.
Leo has captured 15 straight Allen County/Northeast 8 Conference games.
New Palestine has won 15 Hoosier Heritage Conference contests.
Tri-West has captured 14 Sagamore Conference games in a row.
South Putnam has taken 14 West Central/Western Indiana Conference games in a row.
Northeastern has captured 12 straight Tri-Eastern Conference games.
Plymouth has won 12 consecutive Northern Lakes Conference contests.
LONGEST CURRENT CONFERENCE LOSING STREAKS
Riverton Parke has lost 33 consecutive Wabash River Conference games.
Taylor has suffered 27 Mid-Indiana/Hoosier Heartland Conference losses in a row.
Crawfordsville has suffered 24 straight Sagamore Conference losses.
Cloverdale has run off 22 straight West Central/Western Indiana Conference losses.
Washington has suffered 21 straight Big Eight Conference losses.
Park Tudor has dropped 18 consecutive Indiana Crossroads Conference games.
Marion has lost 17 North Central Conference games in a row.
Benton Central has lost 14 consecutive Hoosier Conference games.
North Central (Indianapolis) has dropped 12 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference games in a row.
CLOSING IN ON 400
Larry Wright (Sheridan) 393
CLOSING IN ON 300
Mike Gillin (Indian Creek) 293
CLOSING IN ON 200
Scot Shaw (Elkhart Memorial) 199
Grant Zgunda (Delta) 197
CLOSING IN ON 100
Roger Dodson (Greenfield-Central) 99
Chris DePew (Garrett) 99
Andy Dorrel (Culver Academy) 98
Chad Zolman (Homestead) 95
Andy Thomas (Angola) 95
Brian Glesing (Floyd Central) 94