The Indiana Football Digest's Insider – 2015 Volume Ten
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Indianapolis Bishop Chatard athletic director Mike Ford announced last Thursday that the team's regular season finale against Indianapolis Shortridge was cancelled. It would have been Chatard's first home game at the school's on-campus facility. Ford said Shortridge had safety concerns due to a limited number of players.
Lafayette Central Catholic ended West Lafayette's 11-game regular season winning streak with a 38-20 triumph.
Tri-Central completed its first unbeaten regular season in program history and captured the outright Hoosier Heartland Conference title with a 20-14 win over previously unbeaten North White. Other teams going unbeaten in the regular season for the first time are Northview and West Washington.
On the other side, Hammond Bishop Noll, Indianapolis Marshall, Martinsville, Marion, and Switlerland County went winless in the regular season for the first time.
The 2016 Griddys Awards program will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Indianapolis Colts' Indiana Farm Bureau Center. There will be more details coming on the ninth annual affair that celebrates the heroes and champions of the 2015 Indiana high school football campaign
HERE'S TO THE WINNERS
These teams have either won or earned a share of their respective conference championships.
Allen County: Woodlan
Big Eight: Jasper
Central Indiana: Eastbrook
Conference Indiana: Bloomington South
Duneland: Chesterton and Valparaiso
Eastern Indiana (3A): Batesville
Eastern Indiana (4A): East Central
Great Lakes: Hammond Morton
Greater South Shore (North): Whiting
Greater South Shore (South): Wheeler
Hoosier (East): Hamilton Heights
Hoosier (West): Lafayette Central Catholic
Hoosier Crossroads: Hamilton Southeastern
Hoosier Heartland (East): Tri-Central
Hoosier Heartland (West): North White
Hoosier Heritage: New Palestine
Hoosier Hills: Columbus East
Hoosier North: Pioneer
Indiana Crossroads: Monrovia and Beech Grove
Metropolitan: Center Grove
Mid-Indiana Football: Eastern Hancock
Mid-Southern : North Harrison
Northeast Corner (Big): Garrett and Fairfield
Northeast Corner (Small): Eastside
Northeast 8: East Noble, Leo, Bellmont
Northern Indiana (North): Penn
Northern Indiana (South): South Bend Washington and New Prairie
Northern Lakes: Concord
Northwest Crossroads: Lowell
Patoka Lake:West Washington
Pocket: Gibson Southern
Sagamore: Western Boone
Southern Indiana: Evansville Mater Dei
Southwest: Eastern Greene
Summit: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger and Fort Wayne Snider
Three Rivers (North): Whitko, Rochester, and Tippecanoe Valley
Three Rivers (South): Peru and Southwood
Wabash River: North Vermillion
Western Indiana (East): Owen Valley
Western Indiana (West): Northview
OFF AND RUNNING
These coaches earned their first win at their new place of employment.
Adam Hudak – Lake Station (21-6 over Hammond Bishop Noll)
HIGHS AND LOWS
Here is the last time these clubs started 9-0: Bloomington South (1999), Center Grove (1995), Columbus East (2014), Eastbrook (2010), Eastern Hancock (2013), Evansville Mater Dei (2014), Gibson Southern (2013), Kokomo (2010), Lafayette Central Catholic (2011), Lowell (2008), New Palestine (2014), North Harrison (first time), Northview (first time), Pioneer (2011), Tri-Central (first time), West Washington (1976), Woodlan (1973).
Here is the last time these clubs opened 0-9: Blackford (2012), Centerville (1992), Clarksville (2013), Fort Wayne Wayne (2011), Frontier (0-8-2012), Hammond Bishop Noll (first time), Hammond Clark (2004), Indianapolis Marshall (first time), Madison (2010), Marion (first time), Martinsville (first time), North Central (Indianapolis) (2014), Portage (1965), Prairie Heights (2009), Riverton Parke (2014), South Bend Riley (2003), Switzerland County (first time), Wood Memorial (2014).
UPS AND DOWNS
LONGEST CURRENT WINNING STREAKS
New Palestine has won 24 games in a row.
LONGEST CURRENT LOSING STREAKS
Riverton Parke has 27 straight setbacks.
North Central (Indianapolis) and Wood Memorial have 20 straight losses
Cloverdale has lost 18 straight games on the field.
South Bend Riley has a 18-game losing streak.
Frontier and Clarksville have a 14-game losing streak.
Hammond Bishop Noll has lost 13 straight games.
Indianapolis Marshall and Portage have dropped 12 straights contests.
Hammond Clark and Prairie Heights have suffered 11 losses in a row.
Centerville, Fort Wayne Wayne, Madison, Marion, and Martinsville have lost 10 straight games
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON WINS
Columbus East 43, New Palestine 27, Evansville Mater Dei 26, Pioneer 17, Eastern Hancock 15, Center Grove 14, Bloomington South 13, Tri-Central 13, Gibson Southern 12, Northview 12, Kokomo 10, North White 10, Woodlan 10, Eastbrook 9, Lafayette Central Catholic 9, Lowell 9, North Harrison 9, West Washington 9.
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON LOSSES
Riverton Parke 25,* *Marion 24, North Central (Indianapolis) 18, Wood Memorial 18, #Cloverdale 17, South Bend Riley 17, Clarksville 13, Frontier 13, Hammond Bishop Noll 12, Indianapolis Marshall 11, Portage 11, Centerville 10, Hammond Clark 10, Prairie Heights 10, Fort Wayne Wayne 9, Martinsville 9, Madison 9, Switzerland County 9. #-on the field
LONGEST CURRENT CONFERENCE WINNING STREAKS
Columbus East has run off 63 consecutive Hoosier Hills Conference games.
Penn has won 31 straight Northern Indiana Conference games.
North Vermillion has won 29 consecutive Wabash River Conference games.
East Central has won 28 straight Eastern Indiana Conference games.
Evansville Mater Dei has won 21 straight Southern Indiana Conference contests.
New Palestine has won 20 Hoosier Heritage Conference contests.
Northeastern has captured 17 straight Tri-Eastern Conference games.
LONGEST CURRENT CONFERENCE LOSING STREAKS
Riverton Parke has lost 37 consecutive Wabash River Conference games.
Cloverdale has run off 26 straight West Central/Western Indiana Conference losses on the field.
Washington has suffered 25 straight Big Eight Conference losses.
Park Tudor has dropped 22 consecutive Indiana Crossroads Conference games.
Marion has lost 22 North Central Conference games in a row.
Benton Central has lost 18 consecutive Hoosier Conference games.
North Central (Indianapolis) has dropped 17 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference games in a row.
CLOSING IN ON 400:Larry Wright (Sheridan) 395
CLOSING IN ON 300:Mike Gillin (Indian Creek) 298
CLOSING IN ON 200:Mark Bless (Avon) 196, Kevin O'Shea (Lafayette Central Catholic) 196
CLOSING IN ON 100:Andy Dorrel (Culver Academy) 99, Chad Zolman (Homestead) 99, Andy Thomas (Angola) 97, Tom Dilley (Guerin Catholic) 96, Mike Roeder (Northeastern) 96, Brian Glesing (Floyd Central) 95, John Barron (Plymouth) 95.