The Indiana Football Digest's Insider - 2016 Semistate Finals

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea

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HOT OFF THE PRESS

For the second time during the post-season, Patrick Sandler converted a game-winning field goal, helping No. 1 (Class 4A) Indianapolis Roncalli to a 24-21 victory over East Central. Sandler's 30-yard kick as time expired lifted the Rebels into the title game for the first time since 2005.

Will Harrison booted three field goals, including the go-ahead 53-yard kick, as Westfield snapped defending Class 5A state champion Fort Wayne Snider's 18-game winning with a 23-17 victory.

Avery Hall accounted for both touchdowns as Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter ended defending Class 2A state champion Monrovia's 10-game post-season winning streak with a 14-13 triumph. A missed two-point conversion ended the Bulldogs' hopes of repeating.

Trey Bilinski's one-yard dive into the end zone with 1:53 left in regulation helped No. 2 (Class 4A) NorthWood earn its first trip to the state championship game since 2005 with a 21-14 win at Lowell.

Russ Yeast ran for 174 yards and three scores, leading defending Class 6A state champion Center Grove to a 42-22 win over Ben Davis. The Trojans are the only team to return to the title game from last year.

Jalen Walker hauled in a pair of touchdown passes to help Carmel to a 21-10 win over No. 2 (Class 6A) Penn.

Austin Bowling rambled for 206 yards and three touchdowns as Lawrenceburg earned its first trip to the state finals since 1985 with a 41-40 win over No. 9 (Class 3A) Brownstown Central. The Braves pulled within a point with 1:23 left in the game, but came up short on the potential game-winning two-point conversion.

Peter Morrison tossed for 279 yards and five touchdowns as No. 7 (Class 3A) Fort Wayne Concordia captured its first semistate with a 56-42 victory over Garrett.

Blayne Altum's three-yard touchdown run with 18.7 seconds left lifted No. 3 (Class 2A) Eastbrook to a 20-13 win over No. 2 Whiting. The Panthers are returning to the state finals for the first time since 2004.

Jamon Hogan scampered for 278 yards and two scores, leading No. 4 (Class 5A) Columbus East to a 35-15 win over No. 3 Bloomington South.

Tyler Meurer raced for 181 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception for another tally in No. 2 (Class 1A) Linton-Stockton's 43-14 triumph over Indianapolis Lutheran.

Jack Kiser ran for a pair of touchdowns in No. 3 (Class 1A) Pioneer's 22-8 win over No. 6 Adams Central.

Caleb Cherry resigned at Wood Memorial after a three-year stint. Cherry finished with an 0-20 mark amid the hazing allegations which forced the Trojans to cancel the 2016 season. Cherry also stepped down as the varsity boys track and field coach.

LONGEST CURRENT WINNING STREAKS

Indianapolis Roncalli, Linton-Stockton, NorthWood, and Pioneer have a 14-game winning streak.

Center Grove and Columbus East have won 12 games in a row.

Fort Wayne Concordia has an 11-game winning streak

Eastbrook, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, and Lawrenceburg have a nine-game winning streak.

Westfield has been victorious in seven straight games.

Center Grove has won nine straight playoff victories.

HERE'S TO THE WINNERS

Here is the last time these teams started 14-0: Indianapolis Roncalli (1999), Linton-Stockton (first time), NorthWood (first time), Pioneer (1997).

SEMISTATE SCORES

CLASS 6A

Carmel 21, Penn 10

Center Grove 42, Ben Davis 22

CLASS 5A

Westfield 23, Fort Wayne Snider 17

Columbus East 35, Bloomington South 15

CLASS 4A

NorthWood 21, Lowell 14

Indianapolis Roncalli 24, East Central 21

CLASS 3A

Fort Wayne Concordia 56, Garrett 42

Lawrenceburg 41, Brownstown Central 40

CLASS 2A

Eastbrook 20, Whiting 13

Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 14, Monrovia 13

CLASS 1A

Pioneer 22, Adams Central 8

Linton-Stockton 43, Indianapolis Lutheran 14

Prior to 2016, here is the last time these teams celebrated semistate titles.

CLASS 6A: Carmel (2014), Center Grove (2015)

CLASS 5A: Westfield (2013), Columbus East (2013)

CLASS 4A: NorthWood (2005), Indianapolis Roncalli (2005)

CLASS 3A: Fort Wayne Concordia (none), Lawrenceburg (1985)

CLASS 2A: Eastbrook (2004), Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (2013)

CLASS 1A:Pioneer (2014), Linton-Stockton (2015)

STATE FINALS PAIRINGS

Friday, November 25

CLASS 2A: Eastbrook (13-1) vs. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (10-4), Noon

CLASS 4A: NorthWood (14-0) vs. Indianapolis Roncalli (14-0), 3:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A: Carmel (9-4) vs. Center Grove (12-1), 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, November 26

CLASS 1A: Pioneer (14-0) vs. Linton-Stockton (14-0), Noon

CLASS 3A: Fort Wayne Concordia (12-2) vs. Lawrenceburg (13-1), 3:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A: Westfield (11-2) vs. Columbus East (13-1), 7:05 p.m.  

Here is the last time these teams celebrated state titles.

CLASS 6A: Carmel (2011), Center Grove (2015)

CLASS 5A: Westfield (none), Columbus East (2013)

CLASS 4A: NorthWood (2005), Indianapolis Roncalli (2004)

CLASS 3A: Fort Wayne Concordia (none), Lawrenceburg (1978)

CLASS 2A: Eastbrook (none), Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (2013)

CLASS 1A:Pioneer (1997), Linton-Stockton (none)

MOVING ON UP

Based on the IHSAA's Tradition Factor, the following teams will be moving up one class for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Fort Wayne Snider (5A to 6A), Monrovia (2A to 3A), Linton-Stockton (1A to 2A).

Indianapolis Roncalli will go from Class 4A to 5A if they win the state championship.

ALL-TIME LEADERS IN PLAYOFF WINS: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers - 124-23 (.844), Indianapolis Bishop Chatard – 119-24 (.832), Carmel – 117-32 (.785), Indianapolis Cathedral – 113-23 (.831), Penn – 113-33 (.774), Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 106-32 (.768), Indianapolis Roncalli – 105-27 (.795), Fort Wayne Snider – 102-33 (.756), Jimtown – 100-31 (.763), Ben Davis - 100-24 (.806), Sheridan – 95-28 (.772), Hobart - 95-34 (.736), Evansville Mater Dei - 92-33 (.736), NorthWood - 92-33 (.736), Warren Central - 84-25 (.771).

ALL-TIME SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS: Carmel 28, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 25, Fort Wayne Snider 25, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 23, Penn 23, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 22, Jimtown 22, Indianapolis Cathedral 22, Indianapolis Ben Davis 21, Evansville Mater Dei 20, Hobart 20, Sheridan 19, Adams Central 19, Indianapolis Roncalli 19, NorthWood 18, Andrean 17,  Lawrenceburg 17, Warren Central 17, East Central 17, Evansville Reitz 16, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 16, Griffith 15, Bremen 14, Linton-Stockton 14, Jasper 13, Lowell 13, Zionsville 13, Heritage Hills 12, North Judson 12, Center Grove 12, Eastbrook 12, Bloomington South 12, Brownstown Central 12, West Lafayette 12, Merrillville 11, Tri-West 11, Columbus East 11, Evansville Memorial 11, Eastern Hancock 10, Hagerstown 10, Hamilton Southeastern 10, South Bend St. Joseph 10, South Putnam 10, Valparaiso 10.

ALL-TIME REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 19, Carmel 19, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 18, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 18, Indianapolis Cathedral 17, Penn 16, Ben Davis 16, Fort Wayne Snider 16, Hobart 15, Indianapolis Roncalli 15, Sheridan 14, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 14, Evansville Mater Dei 12, Jimtown 12, Center Grove 12, Jasper 11, NorthWood 11, Adams Central 11, South Putnam 10, Bloomington South 10, Linton-Stockton 10, Heritage Hills 9, Tri-West 9, Columbus East 9, Warren Central 8, Bremen 8, Andrean 8, West Lafayette 8, Evansville Memorial 7, Franklin Central 7.

ALL-TIME SEMISTATE CHAMPIONS: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 15, Indianapolis Bishop. Chatard 14, Indianapolis Cathedral 13, Indianapolis Roncalli 12, Carmel 11, Penn 11, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 10, Sheridan 10, Ben Davis 10, Hobart 9, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9, Warren Central 8, Fort Wayne Snider 7, Franklin Central 6, Jimtown 6, Andrean 6, Tri-West 6, Lafayette Central Catholic 6, NorthWood 6, Evansville Mater Dei 5, Bremen 4, Indianapolis Scecina 4, South Bend St. Joseph 4, West Lafayette 4, Center Grove 4, Bloomington South 3, Concord 3, Fountain Central 3, Goshen 3, East Central 3, Hamilton Southeastern 3, Jasper 3, Lowell 3, Southridge 3, Tipton 3, Zionsville 3.

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.

WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACHES (bolded are still active in playoffs):Larry "Bud" Wright (Sheridan) 401, Russ Radtke (New Prairie) 339, Mike Gillin (Indian Creek) 305, Bob Gaddis (Columbus East) 290,Mo Moriarity (Bloomington South) 284, John Hart (Brownsburg) 276,Bruce Scifres (Indianapolis Roncalli) 247, Rick Wimmer (Fishers) 245,Tim Roth (Winamac) 243,Jeff Adamson (Eastbrook) 242,Reed May (Brownstown Central) 240,*Rick Streiff (Indianapolis Cathedral) 235, Scott Mannering (Twin Lakes) 227, Leroy Marsh (Munster) 224,Eric Moore (Center Grove) 221, George Gilbert (Tri-Central) 218, Vince Lorenzano (Indianapolis Bishop Chatard) 217, Mike Johnson (Logansport) 216, *Kevin O'Shea (Lafayette Central Catholic) 214, Jim Davis (North White) 212, Mark Bless (Avon) 205, Mike Goebel (Evansville Mater Dei) 204, Scot Shaw (Elkhart Memorial) 202, Brett Colby (Kokomo) 196, Bart Curtis (Mishawaka) 195, John Hendryx (Knox) 190, Kirk Kennedy (Franklin County) 186, Sherwood Haydock (Woodlan) 176, Jeff Cain (Whiting) 176, Ott Hurrle (Indianapolis Scecina) 170, Larry McWhorter (Covenant Christian) 164, Herb King (Attica) 164, Tim Able (Triton Central) 159, Reggie Glon (Mishawaka Marian) 156, Cory Yeoman (Penn) 154.

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