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The Indiana Football Digest's Insider - 2016 Pre-Season

Looking back at 2015






Jackson Anthrop rambled 32 times for 149 as top-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic completed its perfect season with a 34-7 triumph over No. 3 Linton-Stockton. Avery Denhart threw for 193 yards and one touchdown, and Luke Fusiek hauled in four receptions for 130 yards and one score as the Knights (15-0) raced out to a 17-0 lead on their way to winning their seventh state title. Brandon Yeagy added three trips to the end zone, while Ethan Schrader and D'Mitri George recorded nine tackles apiece for Central Catholic. Tyler Meurer tossed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Clothier, while Pierce Jackson added 10 tackles and an interception for the Miners (13-2), who were making their first appearance in the state finals. Dylan Morris of Linton-Stockton was named the winner of the Blake Ress mental attitude award.


Dalton Smith and Jaden Rhea both scored a pair of touchdowns and ran for more than 100 yards, leading No. 3 Monrovia to a 33-6 victory over No. 6 Whiting. Smith carried the football 13 times for 167 yards, while Rhea added 122 yards on 19 attempts as the Bulldogs (14-1) rolled up 373 yards on the ground to claim their first state championship in any sport. Bryce Hale tallied eight tackles for Monrovia, which outscored Whiting, 19-0, in the second half. Stuart Glascow accounted for 200 total yards of offense, Thomas Davenport had a one-yard scoring run, and Martin Petruf racked up 16 tackles for the Oilers (13-2), who were playing in the title game for the first time.  Monrovia's John Williams was chosen as the winner of the Blake Ress mental attitude award.


Gabe Coleman accumulated 118 yards rushing and one touchdown as No. 5 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard earned its state-record 13th championship with a 31-7 victory over No. 3 West Lafayette. Jarrod Stiver added 108 yards and one score on 10 carries, and John Chavis chipped in 77 yards and one tally as the Trojans (11-3) rolled up 331 yards on the ground to erase an early 7-0 deficit. Peter Treesh added 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for Bishop Chatard. Mikey Kidwell tossed for 140 yards, including a six-yard scoring strike to Matt Marley, and Travis Rolle tallied 146 yards rushing for the Red Devils (13-2).  Henry Terhune recorded 10 tackles and an interception, and Nate Merriott added 10 stops for West Lafayette. Jack Folkers of West Lafayette was the recipient of the Blake Ress mental attitude award.


Amaun Clark raced for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, helping No. 3 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger roll to a 27-3 over No. 9 East Central. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Saints (14-1) finally got on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter on a 24-yard scamper by Clark. Blake Podschlne added 115 yards passing and a score on the ground to help Bishop Dwenger to its first title since 1991. Nick Stidham converted a 20-yard field goal, while Sidney Fox recorded seven tackles for the Trojans (12-3), who were limited to 172 total yards and in the finals for the first time since 1994. East Central's Connor Lynch was the winner of the Phil N. Eskew mental attitude award. 


Isaac Stiebeling's three-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left helped No. 5 Fort Wayne Snider rally for a 64-61 win over top-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion New Palestine. The contest saw 14 team and individual state finals records either broken or tied, including most points (125), and total yards (1,302). Stiebeling threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, ran for three scores, and also caught a touchdown pass as the Panthers (13-1) built up a 42-14 cushion, only to have the Dragons (13-1) roar back to take a 49-42 lead early in the fourth quarter. David Turner had six catches for 125 yards and one score, Mac Hippenhammer added six receptions for 109 yards and one score, and Malik Bramley chipped in five catches for 98 yards and one score, a 37-yard touchdown pass, and a 65-yard kickoff return for Snider, which earned its first title since 1992. Alex Neligh, who was the recipient of the Phil N. Eskew mental attitude award, completed 20-of-33 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns and ran 28 times for 166 yards and four scores for the Dragons, who saw their 28-game winning streak halted. Duke Blackwell caught 10 passes for 328 yards and three scores, and Logan Greene added a touchdown catch and a 20-yard fumble recovery for another tally for New Palestine.


Titus McCoy proved to be a workhorse with 27 rushes for 193 yards and three touchdowns in top-ranked Center Grove's 28-16 win over No. 3 Penn. McCoy scored on runs of 38, one, and one yard to lead the Trojans (14-0) to their second championship and first since 2008. Joey Siderewicz completed all five of his pass attempts, including a six-yard connection to Triston Clark in the second quarter to give Center Grove a 14-0 lead. Camden Bohn passed for 139 yards and one touchdown and ran for 77 yards and one tally for the Kingsmen (12-2), who were back in the finals for the first time since 2011. Kobe Woods added 13 tackles and Parker Adkins had 10 stops for Penn. The Harvard-bound Bohn was also the winner of the Phil N. Eskew mental attitude award.  


Here is the last time these clubs started 15-0: Lafayette Central Catholic (2011). Last time staring 14-0: Center Grove (first time).

2015 STATE CHAMPS BY CONFERENCE:Hoosier: Lafayette Central Catholic; Indiana Crossroads: Monrovia; Metropolitan: Center Grove; Summit Athletic: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Snider; Independents: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.

Prior to 2015, here is the last time these clubs won a state title: CLASS 6A: Center Grove (2008), CLASS 5A: Fort Wayne Snider (1992), CLASS 4A: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (1991), CLASS 3A: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (2012), CLASS 2A: Monrovia (none), CLASS 1A: Lafayette Central Catholic (2011)


Here are some of the team and individual records either set or tied in the state championship games.


Most rushing yards (312) – Center Grove

Most passing yards (139) – Penn

Fewest pass attempts (5) – Center Grove

Fewest pass completions (5) Tied – Center Grove

Fewest passing yards allowed (21) – Penn

Fewest offensive plays allowed (52) – both teams

Most first downs by rushing (15) – Center Grove

Most first downs by passing (8) – Penn

Most interceptions (1) Tied – Center Grove


Most points (18) -Titus McCoy, Center Grove

Most touchdowns (3) -Titus McCoy, Center Grove

Most rushing attempts (27) - Titus McCoy, Center Grove

Most rushing yards (193) - Titus McCoy, Center Grove

Most rushing touchdowns (3) - Titus McCoy, Center Grove

Longest touchdown run (38) Tied - Titus McCoy, Center Grove

Most passing yards (139) - Camden Bohn, Penn

Longest pass completion (27) - Camden Bohn, Penn

Most receptions (6) - John Ohlson, Penn

Most receiving yards (75) - John Ohlson, Penn

Most touchdown receptions (1) Tied - James Iapalucci, Penn and Triston Clark, Center Grove

Longest Punt Return (17) - Will Smithey, Center Grove

Most Interceptions (1) Tied - Tyler Pence, Center Grove


Most combined points (125) 5A and overall

Most touchdowns (9) – F.W. Snider

Most extra-points (8) – F.W. Snider

Most passing yards (501) 5A and overall – New Palestine

Total offensive yards (757) 5A and overall – New Palestine

Total combined offensive yards (1,302) 5A & Overall New Palestine (757) and F.W. Snider (545)

Most first downs (30) 5A & overall – New Palestine

Most kickoff return yards (168) – F.W. Snider


Most touchdowns (4) Tied - Alex Neligh, New Palestine

Most extra-points (8) Tied - Paul Buisman, New Palestine

Most rushing touchdowns (4) Tied - Alex Neligh, New Palestine

Most passing yards (501) 5A and overall - Alex Neligh, New Palestine

Receiving yards (328) 5A and overall - Duke Blackwell, New Palestine

Receiving touchdowns (3) Tied 5A and overall - Duke Blackwell, New Palestine

CLASS 4A TEAM RECORDS:Most interceptions (4) Tied – Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger

CLASS 2A TEAM RECORDS:Fewest pass completions (0) Tied – Monrovia. Fewest passing yards allowed (0) Tied - Whiting

CLASS 1A TEAM RECORDS:Most Field Goals (2) Tied - Lafayette Central Catholic

CLASS 1A INDIVIDUAL RECORDS:Most Field Goals (2) Tied - Sam Milazzo, Lafayette Central Catholic

2015 LEADERS OF THE PACK (Information provided by Max Preps)

PASSING YARDS: Mikey Kidwell (West Lafayette) 3,206, Dayne Keller (Castle) 3,119, Brandon Peters (Avon) 3,103, Nick Sellers (Gibson Southern) 3,084, Luke Johnston (Southport) 2,974, Devon Colonis (Lafayette Jeff) 2,872, Alex Neligh (New Palestine) 2,852, Matt Moorman (Oldenburg Academy) 2,819, Trey Powell (Sullivan) 2,817, Baylee Adams (North Montgomery) 2,749, Jake Hill (Tri-West) 2,739, Ryan Pepiot (Westfield) 2,734, Drew Keszei (Homestead) 2,618, Tyler White (South Bend Washington) 2,559, Hunter Johnson (Brownsburg) 2,545.

RUSHING YARDS:Zach Mills (Delta) 2,424, Travis Rolle (West Lafayette) 2,391, Jackson Anthrop (Lafayette Central Catholic) 2,247, Alex Neligh (New Palestine) 2,097, Austin Kopp (Corydon Central) 2,083, Jaden Rhea (Monrovia) 2,048, Will Jones (Lapel) 2,032, Ike James (Lowell) 1,931, Titus McCoy (Center Grove) 1,912, Andre Wells (Muncie Central) 1,907, Mitchell VanBrocklin (Woodlan) 1,896, Gabe Coleman (Indianapolis Bishop Chatard) 1,887, Caden Fields (North Knox) 1,839, Jeff Graham (Eastern Greene) 1,838.

RECEIVING YARDS:Noah McClean (Castle) 1,499, Daniel Ricksy (Lafayette Jeff) 1,361, Blake Evans (Southport) 1,325, Andrew Griffin (Avon) 1,295, Mitchell Hahn (Delta) 1,253, Austin Durham (Attica) 1,198, Duke Blackwell (New Palestine) 1,148, Mike Wandstrat (Oldenburg Academy) 1,134, Ryan Topper (Bremen) 1,115, Jackson Pokorney (Evansville Mater Dei) 1,073, Tim Echoles (Hammond) 1,072, Austin Krider (Homestead) 1,061, Tyler Kirtz (Brownsburg) 1,057, Montrez Hearon (Beech Grove) 1,046, Devion Zachary (North Montgomery) 1,039.

TOTAL YARDS: Alex Neligh (New Palestine) 4,949, Nick Sellers (Gibson Southern) 3,692, Mike Kidwell (West Lafayette) 3,537, Logan Harmeson (Attica) 3,447, Jeff Graham (Eastern Greene) 3,346, Baylee Adams (North Montgomery) 3,317, Ryan Pepiot (Westfield) 3,292, Drew Keszei (Homestead) 3,289, Brandon Peters (Avon) 3,238, Luke Patton (East Central) 3,209, Chase Andries (Beech Grove) 3,111, Luke Johnston (Southport) 3,104, Devon Moore (Hammond) 3,085, Cody Wright (North Vermillion) 3,079, Devon Colonis (Lafayette Jeff) 3,067.

SCORING:Jackson Anthrop (Lafayette Central Catholic) 334 points, Jacob Earl (North Vermillion) 256, Kiante Enis (Winchester) 254, Dalton Smith (Monrovia) 229, Alex Neligh (New Palestine) 222, Jaden Rhea (Monrovia) 214, Zach Mills (Delta) 198, Luke Patton (East Central) 198, Austin Kopp (Corydon Central) 188, Titus McCoy (Center Grove) 184, Wes Cook (Tri-West) 182, Tyler Meurer (Linton-Stockton) 182, Drayke Richardt (Evansville Mater Dei) 180, Dante Paulone (Indiana Deaf) 174, Luke Elliott (Eastbrook) 174, Ike James (Lowell) 174.


ALL-TIME LEADERS IN PLAYOFF WINS: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers - 122-22 (.847), Indianapolis Bishop Chatard – 117-23 (.836), Carmel – 113-32 (.779), Indianapolis Cathedral – 111-22 (.835), Penn – 110-32 (.775), Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 103-31 (.769), Indianapolis Roncalli - 100-27 (.787), Fort Wayne Snider – 99-32 (.756), Jimtown – 98-30 (.766), Ben Davis - 97-24 (.802), Sheridan – 94-27 (.777), Hobart - 92-33 (.736), Evansville Mater Dei - 89-32 (.736), NorthWood - 87-33 (.725), Warren Central - 82-24 (.774)

BEST COMBINED RECORD DURING 2014-2015;New Palestine (28-1), Evansville Mater Dei (26-2), North Vermillion (27-2), Columbus East (24-2), Pioneer (25-3), Penn (24-3), Bloomington South (22-3), Gibson Southern (23-3), Whiting (23-3), Carmel (23-4), Linton-Stockton (24-4), Jasper (20-4), Plymouth (21-4), Tri-Central (20-3), Brownstown Central (20-4), Tri-West (22-5), Lafayette Central Catholic (25-4), Monrovia (25-4), Andrean (21-5), Center Grove (23-4), Eastern Hancock (20-4), Evansville Reitz (20-4), Heritage Hills (20-4), Winamac (20-4), Fort Wayne Snider (23-4), Leo (20-5), Wheeler (19-4), Winchester (20-5), Woodlan (21-5), Batesville (19-5), Northeastern (18-4), Northview (18-4), West Lafayette (20-5), Kokomo (18-5), Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (19-6).

ALL-TIME STATE CHAMPIONS:Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 13, Indianapolis Cathedral 12, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 11, Sheridan 9, Indianapolis Roncalli 8, Warren Central 8, Ben Davis 8, Carmel 7, Lafayette Central Catholic 7, Penn 5, Franklin Central 4, Hobart 4, Tri-West 4, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 4, Jimtown 4, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 4, Mishawaka Marian 3, Andrean 2, Blackford 2, Bloomington South 2, Bremen 2, Brownsburg 2, Castle 2, Center Grove 2, Columbus East 2, Evansville Reitz 2, Fort Wayne Snider 2, Goshen 2, Indianapolis Scecina 2, Lawrenceburg 2, North Montgomery 2, West Lafayette 2, Zionsville 2.


Lafayette Central Catholic has 15 consecutive wins.

Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Monrovia, and Center Grove have a 14-game winning streak.

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard and Fort Wayne Snider have both won six straight contests.

Lafayette Central Catholic, Monrovia, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, and Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger have won six straight tournament contests.

Fort Wayne Snider and Center Grove have a five-game tournament winning streak.


North Central (Indianapolis) and Wood Memorial have 20 straight losses

Cloverdale has lost 19 straight games on the field.

Frontier and Clarksville have a 15-game losing streak.

Hammond Bishop Noll has lost 14 straight games.

Indianapolis Marshall has dropped 13 straights contests.

Hammond Clark and Prairie Heights have suffered 12 losses in a row.

Blackford, Fort Wayne Wayne, Madison, and Marion have lost 11 consecutive games.

Martinsville and Switzerland County have lost 10 straight games.


The IHSAA state football finals will take place on November 25 and 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Champions in classes 2A, 4A, and 6A will be determined the first day with classes 1A, 3A, and 5A being crowned the following day.


School                                     Previous Coach                       New Coach

Andrean                                  Phil Mason                               Chris Skinner

Batesville                                Eric Heppner                          Evan Ulery

Bellmont                                 Larry Getts                            Marty Ballard

Blackford                               Steve Rinker                          Randy Sehy

Bremen                                   Bob Holmes                            Jordan Leeper

Brown County                         Ethan Schreiber                    Randy Minniear

Brownsburg                            Brett Comer                           John Hart

Calumet                                   Ivan Zimmer                           Rik Richards

Cascade                                  Jason Thompson                    Steve Spinks

Centerville                              Perry Irwin                             Kyle Padgett

Central Noble                         Jeremy Yates                         Greg Moe

Clarksville                               Steve Cooley                          Joby Turner

Clinton Prairie                        K.C. Woods                             Michael Clevenger

Crawfordsville                       Mike Hammons                       Larry Getts

Crawford County                    Alan Hess                               James Bragg/Kevin Mills

Culver                                     Darren Rodriguez                  Mike Zehner

Danville                                   Russell Sumner                       K.C. Woods

Decatur Central                     Justin Dixson                         Kyle Enright

Delta                                       Grant Zgunda                         Chris Overholt

Elwood                                                Marty Wells                           Joe Kwisz

Fort Wayne North                 Ryan Hall                                 Mike Cochran

Frankfort                               Mike Quick                             Joel Sienicki

Gary Roosevelt                       Ronald White                         Craig Buckingham

Greenfield-Central                Roger Dodson                         Adam Sherman

Hammond Bishop Noll            Paul Douglass                          Colin McCullough

Hammond Morton                  Rippy Morales                        Sean Kinsey

Heritage                                 Dean Lehrman             Nico Tigulis

Heritage Christian                 Ron Qualls                              Kyle Ray

Indianapolis Broad Ripple      Jamie Rickard                        Ethan Schreiber

Indianapolis Howe                  Craig Chambers                      Earnest Tucker

Indianapolis Manual               Rufus Sanders                        Robert Orkman

Indianapolis Marshall James Brown                          Darnell Bass

Indianapolis Shortridge        Christopher Edison                Damien Givens                       

Kankakee Valley                     Brad Stewart                         Zach Prairie

Lafayette Jeff                      Brian Moore                           Pat Shanley

Lawrence Central                   Jed Richman                           Bill Peebles

Lewis Cass                              Scott Mannering                    Jeff Phillips

Logansport                             Brad Urban                             Mike Johnson

Marion                                    Ryan Vermillion                       Craig Chambers

Michigan City                          Mike Karpinski                       Phil Mason

Milan                                       Rob Page                                 Ryan Langferman

Noblesville                             Lance Scheib                          Jason Simmons

Norwell                                   Jeff Miller                             Josh Gerber

Pendleton Heights                 John Broughton                     Jed Richman

Perry Meridian                       Scott Marsh                          Matt Henninger

Pioneer                                    Mike Johnson                         Adam Berry

Portage                                   Wally McCormack                  Darren Rodriguez

Prairie Heights                      Eric Heiney                             Mike Lazusky/Patrick McCrea

Rockville                                 Herb King                               John Batty

Rochester                               Mike Zehner                           Joe Grant

Seeger                                    James Byers                           Herb King

South Bend Adams                Craig Redman                         Antwon Jones

South Bend Clay                     Joe Szajko                             Craig Redman

South Bend Riley                    Brian Stultz                           Jarvis Edison

South Bend Saint Joseph     Ben Downey                            Bryon Whitten          

South Newton                        Chris Bell                                Brad Bevis

Southport                              Bill Peebles                             Brandon Winters

Tell City                                  Ronnie Robinson                     Josh Teague

Tri                                           Adam Kilian                             Andrew Totheroh

Twin Lakes                              Justin Gardiner                      Scott Mannering

Whitko                                   Josh Mohr                              Jeff Sprunger

WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACHES:Larry "Bud" Wright (Sheridan) 395, Russ Radtke (New Prairie) 330, Mike Gillin (Indian Creek) 299, Bob Gaddis (Columbus East) 277, Mo Moriarity (Bloomington South) 273, Rick Wimmer (Fishers) 241, Tim Roth (Winamac) 235, Bruce Scifres (Indianapolis Roncalli) 233, Jeff Adamson (Eastbrook) 229, Rick Streiff (Indianapolis Cathedral) 228, Reed May (Brownstown Central) 228, Scott Mannering (Twin Lakes) 223, Leroy Marsh (Munster) 218, George Gilbert (Tri-Central) 214, Mike Johnson (Logansport) 214, Vince Lorenzano (Indianapolis Bishop Chatard) 211, Eric Moore (Center Grove) 209, Jim Davis (North White) 208, Scot Shaw (Elkhart Memorial) 200, Kevin O'Shea (Lafayette Central Catholic) 202, Mark Bless (Avon) 199, Mike Goebel (Evansville Mater Dei) 196, , Brett Colby (Kokomo) 188, Bart Curtis (Mishawaka) 185, John Hendryx (Knox) 181, Kirk Kennedy (Franklin County) 179, Sherwood Haydock (Woodlan) 166, Jeff Cain (Whiting) 164, Ott Hurrle (Indianapolis Scecina) 162, Herb King (Seeger) 160, Tim Able (Triton Central) 152.


CLOSING IN ON 400:Larry "Bud" Wright (Sheridan) 395

CLOSING IN ON 300:Mike Gillin (Indian Creek) 299

CLOSING IN ON 200:Mark Bless (Avon) 199, Mike Goebel (Evansville Mater Dei) 196

CLOSING IN ON 100:Kevin Mills (Crawford County) 99,* *John Barron (Plymouth) 98, Andy Thomas (Angola) 97, Tom Dilley (Guerin Catholic) 97, Bob Prescott (Peru) 96, Mike Roeder (Northeastern) 96, Brian Glesing (Floyd Central) 95, Steve Stirn (North Decatur) 95, Jim Rowland (New Haven) 94. 

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