The Indiana Football Digest's Insider - 2016 Volume 9

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea



North Decatur coach Steve Stirn picked up career victory No. 100 with the Chargers' 48-20 win over Oldenburg Academy.

South Bend Clay head coach Craig Redman and assistant coach David Pruitt were put on paid administrative leave prior to the Colonials' regular season finale against Elkhart Central. It is unknown when either Redman or Pruitt will return to the sidelines. Freshman coach Gary Fields was in charge of the team in its 44-14 loss to the Blazers in which Clay was whistled for 25 penalties for 203 yards.

Winamac coach Tim Roth will be retiring after 36 seasons at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. Roth is currently 240-141 at his alma mater. The Warriors (5-4) open sectional play Friday against Lewis Cass (1-8).

Fremont cancelled its regular season finale against Lakeland because of injuries, illness, and a lack of depth. The Eagles are hoping to be ready to compete in this Friday's Class 1A sectional opener at LaVille.

Indianapolis Marshall ended its 21-game losing streak with a 60-0 triumph over Indianapolis Attucks.

Terre Haute South used a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to snap its 17-game losing skid with a 27-21 win over Bloomington North.

Anderson saw its 14-game losing streak end with a 35-16 win over Logansport.

Turkey Run ended a 12-game losing skid with a 54-24 win over Dugger Union.

South Bend Riley snapped its 16-game Northern Indiana Conference losing streak with a 41-6 win over John Glenn.

Mark Salle-Tabor's 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted Columbus North to a 32-29 win over Southport.

Zach Summeier's 42-yard touchdown pass to David Bell on the final play of regulation helped Warren Central earn a 19-18 win over Saint Xavier (Ohio).

Russ Yeast had seven catches for 214 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning seven-yard reception in overtime, helping defending Class 6A state champion Center Grove to a 44-41 win over Indianapolis Cathedral.

Chandler McKee's 10-yard touchdown scamper with 17 seconds left helped Gibson Southern escape with a 38-35 victory over Southridge.

New Haven quarterback Keshawn Moore threw for 210 yards in the Bulldogs' 43-0 win over Huntington North to become the school's all-time leading passer with 3,860 yards. He surpassed Nate Schlund, who had the previous mark of 3,652 yards between 2005-07.


The following coaches earned their first victory at their new place of employment.

Gary Roosevelt – Craig Buckingham (28-20 over Gary West). Lewis Cass – Jeff Phillips (41-21 over Benton Central).

The following teams have clinched at least a share of their respective conference titles.

Allen County: Woodlan. Central Indiana: Mississinewa. Circle City: Indianapolis Roncalli. Conference Indiana: Bloomington South. Duneland: LaPorte. Eastern Indiana (3A): Lawrenceburg. Eastern Indiana (4A): East Central. Great Lakes: East Chicago Central. Greater South Shore (North): Whiting. Greater South Shore (South): Hanover Central. Hoosier: Lafayette Central Catholic. Hoosier Crossroads: Brownsburg. Hoosier Heartland: Carroll (Flora). Hoosier Heritage: New Palestine. Hoosier Hills          Columbus East: Hoosier North: Pioneer. Indiana Crossroads: Indianapolis Scecina. Metropolitan: Warren Central. Mid-Indiana Football: Milan. Mid-Southern: Brownstown Central. Mid-State: Decatur Central. North Central: Kokomo, McCutcheon, and Harrison (West Lafayette). Northeast Corner (Big): Garrett. Northeast Corner (Small): Eastside. Northeast 8: New Haven. Northern Indiana (North):           Penn. Northern Indiana (South): Mishawaka Marian. Northern Lakes: NorthWood. Northwest Crossroads: Hobart and Griffith. Patoka Lake: West Washington. Pocket: Gibson Southern. Sagamore: Tri-West. Southern Indiana: Evansville Central and Evansville Reitz. Southwest: Eastern Greene. Summit: Fort Wayne Snider. Three Rivers: Northfield. Tri-Eastern: Northeastern  and Winchester. Wabash River: Fountain Central and North Vermillion. Western Indiana: Sullivan.


Lafayette Central Catholic has 24 consecutive wins.

Fort Wayne Snider has won 15 straight contests.


Clarksville has a 24-game losing streak.

Hammond Bishop Noll has lost 23 straight games.

Wood Memorial, Hammond Clark, and Prairie Heights have suffered 21 losses in a row.

Blackford has lost 20 consecutive games.

Bowman Academy and Evansville Bosse have lost 13 straight games.

Rochester and Rock Creek Academy have dropped 12 consecutive contests.

South Dearborn, South Bend Clay, and Jennings County have suffered 11 losses in a row.

Indianapolis Pike and Norwell have lost 10 straight games.


New Palestine 36, Pioneer 26, Gibson Southern 21, Woodlan 19, Lafayette Central Catholic 18, West Washington 18, Penn 14, Indianapolis Roncalli 12, Linton-Stockton 12, Mississinewa 12, NorthWood 12, Covenant Christian 11, Hanover Central 11, Carroll (Flora) 10.


Clarksville 22, Hammond Bishop Noll 21, Hammond Clark 19, Prairie Heights 19, Wood Memorial 18, Blackford 18, Evansville Bosse 12, Bowman Academy 12, Rock Creek Academy 12, Mount Vernon (Posey) 11, Rochester 11, South Bend Clay 11, Taylor 11, South Dearborn 10, Jennings County 10.


Columbus East has run off 70 consecutive Hoosier Hills Conference victories.

Penn has won 36 straight Northern Indiana Conference games.

East Central has won 31 straight Eastern Indiana Conference games.

New Palestine has won 26 Hoosier Heritage Conference contests.

Bloomington South has captured 18 straight Conference Indiana games.

Gibson Southern has won 16 consecutive Pocket Conference contests.

Pioneer has come out on top in 16 straight Hoosier North Conference games.

Woodlan has taken 13 consecutive Allen County Conference contests.

West Washington has won 10 straight Patoka Lake Conference games.


Benton Central has lost 22 consecutive Hoosier Conference games.

Clarksville has suffered 17 straight Mid-Southern Conference losses.

Blackford has dropped 14 consecutive Central Indiana Conference games.


Here is the last time these teams started 9-0: Carroll (Flora) (1996), Covenant Christian (first time), Fort Wayne Snider (2012), Gibson Southern (2015), Hanover Central (first time), Indianapolis Roncalli (1999), Lafayette Central Catholic (2015), Linton-Stockton (2013), Mississinewa (first time), Monroe Central (first time), New Haven (8-0-1987), New Palestine (2015), NorthWood (1996). Penn (2014), Pioneer (2015), West Washington (2015), Woodlan (2015).

Here is the last time these teams started 0-9: Blackford (2015), Bloomington North (2004), Bowman Academy (2014), Clarksville (2015), Crawford County (0-8 2012), Evansville Bosse (1982), Hammond Clark (2015), Hammond Bishop Noll (2015), Indianapolis Pike (1985), Jennings County (2008), Mount Vernon (Posey) (1992), Norwell (2012), Oldenburg Academy (first time), Prairie Heights (2015). Rochester (1981), South Bend Clay (1967), South Dearborn (2013), Taylor (2014).

OFFENSIVE AVERAGE (points per game): 1. New Palestine 57. 2. Linton-Stockton 51.7. 3. New Haven 51.4. 4. Milan 50.6. 5. Fountain Central and Pioneer 50.4. 7. Columbus East 48.8 and Gibson Southern 48.8. 9. Brownstown Central 48. 10. Mississinewa 47.4. 11. Charlestown and Lawrenceburg 47.2. 13. Lafayette Central Catholic  46.4. 14. Eastbrook 45.4l 15. NorthWood 45.3. 16. Attica 45.1. 17. West Lafayette 44.6. 18. Decatur Central 44. 19. Lebanon 43.9. 20. Columbus North 43.

DEFENSIVE AVERAGE (points per game): 1. Monroe Central 4.1. 2. Pioneer 5.9. 3. Linton-Stockton 6.3. 4. Northfield 7.1. 5. Hanover Central 7.6. 6. Penn 8.4. 7. Mississinewa, New Haven, and North Newton 9. 10. Indiana Deaf 9.2. 11. Mishawaka Marian 9.3. 12. Indianapolis. Arlington 9.4. 13. West Washington 9.6. 14. Fountain Central, Northview, and Woodlan 10.1. 17. East Chicago Central 10.9. 18. Gibson Southern and Lafayette Central Catholic 11.1. 20 Adams Central 11.3.


CLOSING IN ON 150:Darrin Fisher (Whiteland) 147.

CLOSING IN ON 100:Kevin Mills (Crawford County) 99.

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