THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S INSIDER – 2014 VOLUME 2
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
Rockville head coach Herb King celebrated his 150th victory Friday in the Rox's 56-0 blanking of Seeger. King is now 150-103 over 24 seasons.
South Dearborn ended a 21-game losing streak with a 14-13 overtime decision over Lawrenceburg. It was also the first triumph for Knights' coach Chris Nobbe.
Crawfordsville snapped a 19-game losing skid with a 10-8 win over Cascade. A bad snap over the head of the Cascade quarterback out of the end zone for a safety was the difference for the Athenians. It was also the first win for Crawfordsville coach Mike Hammons.
LaPorte ended New Prairie's 13-game winning streak with a 56-42 road win over the No. 6 (Class 4A) Cougars. Slicers' running back Charles Salary rushed for 336 yards and a school-best six touchdowns.
DeKalb saw its 13-game losing streak halted with a 26-7 triumph over Angola. It also marked the first win for new Barons' coach Pete Kempf.
Defending Class 1A state runner-up Eastern Hancock had its 10-game regular season winning streak halted with a 34-6 setback to Northeastern.
Leo saw a 10-game regular season winning streak snapped with a heartbreaking 14-13 loss to Norwell.
Playing in their first varsity football game since 1971, Hanover Central snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to September 19, 1970 with a 46-26 win over Bowman Academy.
A trio of former Indiana high school football standouts are among the 36 finalists for the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Awards. In the running to capture honors in the Midwest Region are Owen Mattingly from Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind. Nominated by the NFF Southern Indiana Chapter and currently playing at Indiana University. Andrew Ralph from Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Ind. Nominated by the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter and currently playing at Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.). Mitch Turley from Westfield High School in Westfield, Ind. Nominated by the NFF Central Indiana Chapter and currently playing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Here is a list of the 2014 NFF High School Scholar-Athletes from Indiana that are playing college football this fall.
Central Indiana Chapter: Sean Boswell, St. Francis University ( Ind.) ; David Griffith, Western Illinois University; Conner Smith, Valparaiso University; Dakota Sneed, Butler University; Mitch Turley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter: Nicholas Bokun, University of Pennsylvania; Nigel Hensley, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology ( Ind. ); Jake Jatis, Cornell University; Garrett Johnson, University of Indianapolis; Michael Krutz, Wabash College ( Ind. ); Andrew Ralph, Washington University in St. Louis ( Mo. ); Levi Schultz, University of Indianapolis; Mitchell Sterner, Butler University.
Southern Indiana Chapter: Owen Mattingly, Indiana University; Sam Stratman, Wabash College (Ind.).
The Culver Military football team received special recognition at the Indianapolis Colts-New Orleans Saints preseason game on August 23. The team was honored as the first Indiana high school squad to participate in USA Football's Heads Up Tackling program. USA Football officially kicked off the third year of Heads Up Tackling at Saturday's nationally televised game
Culver players received game tickets and stood on the field during the pregame ceremonies and the national anthem.
CMA coaches introduced the Heads Up Tackling program to players during the 2013 preseason camp. CMA was the only high school team in Indiana and just 25 in nine states chosen by USA Football to participate in the pilot program. Heads Up Tackling is designed to help reduce the number of concussions and neck injuries among players.
The technique teaches the importance of using a player's shoulders as the contact point. Andy Ryland, of USA Football, came to Culver last summer and ran players and coaches through a series of drills on the new form of tackling.
NEW FACES IN NEW PLACES
The following coaches earned their first win in their new place of employment.
Mark Brown, Carroll (Flora) - 28-6 over Tri-County.
Darin Ward, Charlestown - 21-0 over Madison.
Brett Fox, Columbia City – 33-21 over Warsaw.
Pete Kempf, DeKalb - 26-7 over Angola.
Kirk Kennedy. Franklin County - 28-21 over New Castle.
Randy England, Frankton - 52-6 over Anderson Prep.
Scot Shaw, F.W. Wayne - 53-7 over Anderson.
Roosevelt Moore, Hammond - 34-21 over E.C. Central.
Tony Marshall, Indianapolis Tech - 27-10 over Indpls. Howe.
Rob Page, Milan - 19-10 over Rushville.
Josh Benjamin, North Decatur - 14-13 over Union County.
Josh Thompson, North Montgomery - 32-6 over Benton Central.
Nate Andrews, NorthWood - 14-6 over Jimtown.
Will Porter, South Vermillion - 48-14 over Covington.
Steve Wray, Speedway - 28-7 over Greencastle.
Marc Hall, West Central - 34-0 over Culver Community.
UPS AND DOWNS
LONGEST CURRENT WINNING STREAKS
Andrean and Columbus East have won 16 straight games.
Cardinal Ritter has won 11 games in a row.
LONGEST CURRENT LOSING STREAKS
Lafayette Harrison has dropped 37 consecutive games.
Wabash has 29 losses in a row.
Taylor has 27 consecutive losses.
Lawrence North has lost 21 straight games.
Goshen has dropped 14 consecutive games.
Gary Roosevelt and New Castle have dropped 13 games in a row.
Seymour has a 12-game losing streak.
Indianapolis Manual has lost 11 straight games.
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON WINS
Linton-Stockton 31, Columbus East 26, North Vermillion 20, Brownstown Central 17, Penn 15, Andrean 14,Winamac 11.
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON LOSSES
Lafayette Harrison 33, Wabash 26, Taylor 24, Lawrence North 18, South Bend Washington 17, Cambridge City Lincoln 11, Gary Roosevelt 11.
Closing in on 100
Pat Parks (Shelbyville) 99
Bud Ozmun (Oak Hill) 98
Roger Dodson (Greenfield-Central) 94
Longest current conference winning streaks
Columbus East has run off 49 consecutive Hoosier Hills Conference games.
Lafayette Central Catholic has won 48 straight Hoosier Heartland and Hoosier Conference games.
East Central has won 21 straight Eastern Indiana Conference games.
Penn has won 20 straight Northern Indiana Conference games.
Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter has 16 straight Indiana Crossroads Conference wins.
Longest current conference losing streaks
Wabash has lost 42 straight Three Rivers Conference games.
Lafayette Harrison has suffered 32 straight Hoosier Crossroads and North Central Conference losses.
Central Noble has 26 Northeast Corner Conference losses in a row.
Riverton Parke has lost 24 consecutive Wabash River Conference games.
Mooresville has 17 straight Mid-State Conference losses.
Taylor has suffered 18 Mid-Indiana Conference losses in a row.
Cloverdale has run off 16 straight West Central Conference losses.