The Indiana Football Digest's Top Games – 2015 Week One
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
ANDREAN AT MERRILLVILLE
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. CT, Demaree Stadium.
COACHES: Phil Mason, 75-20 in 8th year at Andrean, 108-57 in 15th year overall. Brad Seiss, 0-0 in 1st year at Merrillville, 13-17 in 4th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Merrillville, 12-6.
LAST MEETING: Andrean, 45-34, Aug. 29, 2014.
UP NEXT: Andrean travels to Hammond Bishop Noll. Merrillville is at Penn.
WORTH NOTING: Andrean had its 29-game winning streak halted by Tri-West in last season's Class 3A state championship game.
BREBEUF JESUIT AT INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET, Lawrence North Field.
COACHES: Mic Roessler, 19-9 in 3rd year at Brebeuf Jesuit. Vince Lorenzano, 140-30 in 13th year at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 200-99 in 25th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 12-1.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 17-14, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Brebeuf hosts North Montgomery. Bishop Chatard is at Lawrence Central.
WORTH NOTING: Bishop Chatard had its string of 13 straight sectional championships snapped in 2014.
CARMEL AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Royal Stadium.
COACHES: John Hebert, 0-0 in 1st year at Carmel. Scott May, 69-22 in 9th year at Hamilton Southeastern, 72-41 in 11th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Carmel, 14-2.
LAST MEETING: Carmel, 14-7, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Carmel travels to Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio). Hamilton Southeastern is at Indianapolis North Central.
WORTH NOTING: Carmel has finished state runner-up in Class 6A the past two years.
CASTLE AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET, Terre Haute North Field.
COACHES: Doug Hurt, 70-34 in 10th year at Castle. Chris Barrett, 59-85 in 14th year at Terre Haute North, 87-117 in 21st year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Terre Haute North, 5-3.
LAST MEETING: Terre Haute North, 24-14, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Castle hosts New Albany. T.H. North travels to Plainfield.
WORTH NOTING: Castle has not won a sectional crown since 2010.
CENTER GROVE AT WARREN CENTRAL
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Warren Central Field.
COACHES: Eric Moore, 147-54 in 17th year at Center Grove, 195-59 in 21st year overall. Jayson West, 21-6 in 3rd year at Warren Central, 73-18 in 8th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Warren Central, 15-6.
LAST MEETING: Warren Central, 12-9, OT, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Center Grove entertains Whiteland. Warren Central travels to Cincinnati Colerain (Ohio) on August 29.
WORTH NOTING: Center Grove has advanced to the Class 6A southern semistate the past two years.
CONCORD AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Father Bly Field.
COACHES: Craig Koehler, 0-0 in 1st year at Concord. Ben Downey, 44-20 in 6th year at South Bend St. Joseph.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.
UP NEXT: Concord entertains Elkhart Memorial. St. Joseph plays at Lafayette Jeff.
WORTH NOTING: Craig Koehler replaced veteran leader Tim Dawson as Concord's sideline leader.
CROWN POINT AT LOWELL
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. CT, The Inferno.
COACHES: Kevin Enright, 22-10 in 4th year at Crown Point. Keith Kilmer, 30-23 in 6th year at Lowell.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Crown Point, 18-8.
LAST MEETING: Crown Point, 24-10, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Crown Point hosts Mishawaka. Lowell travels to Portage.
WORTH NOTING: Lowell overcame a 0-3 start in 2014 to capture a Class 4A sectional championship.
EASTERN HANCOCK AT NORTHEASTERN
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Northeastern Field.
COACHES: Jim O'Hara, 10-3 in second year at Eastern Hancock, 98-52 in 14th year overall. Mike Roeder, 89-106 in 19th year at Northeastern.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Eastern Hancock, 5-2.
LAST MEETING: Eastern Hancock, 21-20, Nov. 7, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: Eastern Hancock hosts South Decatur. Northeastern entertains Winchester.
WORTH NOTING: Eastern Hancock was Class 1A state runner-up in 2013.
EASTSIDE AT WOODLAN
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Leland Etzler Field.
COACHES: Mike Eshbach, 33-41 in 8th year at Eastside, 36-48 in 9th year overall. Sherwood Haydock, 20-24 in 5th year at Woodlan, 153-143 in 28th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Woodlan, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Woodlan, 29-26, Oct. 31, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: Eastside hosts Adams Central. Woodlan entertains Prairie Heights.
WORTH NOTING: Woodlan handed Eastside both of its losses a year ago.
FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Luers Field.
COACHES: Ernie Bojrab (Interim), 0-0 in first year at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger. Kyle Lindsay, 13-14 in 3rd year at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 21-9.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 41-22, Oct. 17, 2014.
UP NEXT: Bishop Dwenger hosts F.W. Concordia. Bishop Luers travels to F.W Snider.
WORTH NOTING: Bishop Dwenger head coach Chris Svarczkopf is sitting out this season recovering from cancer.
FORT WAYNE SNIDER AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Wayne Stadium.
COACHES: Kurt Tippmann, 61-18 in 7th year at Fort Wayne Snider. Derrick Moore, 0-0 in 1st year at Fort Wayne Wayne.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fort Wayne Snider, 30-4.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Snider, 24-13, Nov. 7, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: Snider hosts Bishop Luers. Wayne entertains F.W Northrop.
WORTH NOTING: Former Wayne coach Scot Shaw is now the top man at Elkhart Memorial.
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) AT WESTFIELD
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Stanley Stadium.
COACHES: Terry Peebles, 7-4 in 2nd year at Harrison (West Lafayette). Jake Gilbert, 28-21 in 5th year at Westfield, 58-57 in 11th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Westfield, 12-5.
LAST MEETING: Westfield, 45-24, Nov. 7, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: Harrison hosts Western Boone. Westfield travels to Southport.
WORTH NOTING: Westfield was Class 5A state runner-up in 2013.
HERITAGE AT NEW HAVEN
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, John Young Field.
COACHES: Dean Lehrman, 34-22 in 6th year at Heritage. Jim Rowland, 87-73 in 15th year at New Haven.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: New Haven, 11-9.
LAST MEETING: New Haven, 31-21, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Heritage welcomes Norwell. New Haven travels to Lakeland.
WORTH NOTING: Dean Lehrman is also Heritage's head baseball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Smysor Field.
COACHES: Rick Streiff, 199-62 in 21st year at Indianapolis Cathedral, 220-94 in 26th year overall. Jed Richman, 7-14 in 3rd year at Lawrence Central, 32-23 in 6th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Cathedral, 5-2.
LAST MEETING: Lawrence Central, 28-26, Sep. 5, 1997.
UP NEXT: Cathedral travels to Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio). Lawrence Central visits Bishop Chatard.
WORTH NOTING: Cathedral has won a state record 30 straight playoff games.
INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER AT MONROVIA
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Monrovia Field.
COACHES: Ty Hunt, 102-21 in 10th year at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter. Kevin Hutchins, 48-26 in 7th year at Monrovia, 65-59 in 12th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 3-2.
LAST MEETING: Monrovia, 62-14, Nov. 7, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: Cardinal Ritter hosts Indianapolis Lutheran. Monrovia travels to Cascade.
WORTH NOTING: Monrovia advanced to the Final Four in Class 2A last season, losing to Evansville Mater Dei.
JIMTOWN AT NORTHWOOD
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Andrews Field.
COACHES: Mike Campbell, 72-19 in 8th year at Jimtown. Nate Andrews, 6-5 in 2nd year at NorthWood, 46-44 in 9th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Jimtown, 13-7.
LAST MEETING: NorthWood, 14-6, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Jimtown plays at South Bend Washington. NorthWood entertains Fairfield.
WORTH NOTING: Jimtown is competing in the Northern Indiana Conference for the first time in 2015.
LAKE CENTRAL AT MUNSTER
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. CT, Mustang Field.
COACHES: Brett St. Germain, 36-18 in 6th year at Lake Central, 86-30 in 11th year overall. Leroy Marsh, 213-149 in 37th year at Munster.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Lake Central, 17-12.
LAST MEETING: Munster, 24-21, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Lake Central hosts East Chicago Central. Munster travels to Chesterton.
WORTH NOTING: Lake Central will be playing its home games on a turf field for the first time this year.
LEWIS CASS AT PIONEER
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, The Pit.
COACHES: Scott Mannering, 215-105 in 30th year at Lewis Cass. Mike Johnson, 202-77 in 25th year at Pioneer.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Lewis Cass, 5-3.
LAST MEETING: Pioneer, 34-18, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Lewis Cass travels to Churubusco. Pioneer plays at Winamac.
WORTH NOTING: Pioneer finished state runner-up to North Vermillion in Class 1A a year ago.
NEW PRAIRIE AT LAPORTE
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. CT, Kiwanis Field.
COACHES: Russ Radtke, 34-5 in 4th year at New Prairie, 324-125 in 39th year overall. Dave Sharpe, 0-0 in 1st year at LaPorte, 12-10 in 3rd year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: LaPorte, 19-6.
LAST MEETING: LaPorte, 56-42, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: New Prairie hosts South Bend Clay. LaPorte travels to Hobart.
WORTH NOTING: Dave Sharpe replaced long-time skipper Bob Schellinger as the Slicers' top man.
PIKE AT BROWNSBURG
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Roard Stadium.
COACHES: Jimmy Graves, 0-0 in 1st year at Pike. Brett Comer, 52-44 in 10th year at Brownsburg.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Pike, 6-3.
LAST MEETING: Pike, 59-19, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Pike entertains Fishers. Brownsburg travels to Lawrence North.
WORTH NOTING: Brownsburg has suffered back-to-back 3-7 campaigns.
PLYMOUTH AT BREMEN
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Don Bunge Field.
COACHES: John Barron, 88-34 in 12th year at Plymouth. Bob Holmes, 44-19 in 6th year at Bremen, 110-90 in 20th year overall.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Plymouth, 18-4.
LAST MEETING: Plymouth, 56-19, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Plymouth hosts Rochester. Bremen travels to South Bend Riley.
WORTH NOTING: Bremen has won four sectional titles in the last five years.
SHERIDAN AT WESTERN BOONE
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Western Boone Field.
COACHES: Larry Wright, 391-174 in 50th year at Sheridan, 392-177 in 51st year overall. Justin Pelley, 15-8 in 3rd year at Western Boone.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Western Boone, 11-7.
LAST MEETING: Western Boone, 26-3, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Sheridan travels to Clinton Central. Western Boone plays at Harrison (West Lafayette).
WORTH NOTING: Larry Wright is the all-time leader in victories in the state of Indiana.
SOUTHPORT VS INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI
GAME TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.
COACHES: Bill Peebles, 54-53 in 11th year at Southport. Bruce Scifres, 224-83 in 26th year at Indianapolis Roncalli.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Roncalli, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: Southport, 27-13, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Southport hosts Westfield. Roncalli entertains Franklin Central.
WORTH NOTING: Roncalli won consecutive Class 4A state championship from 2002 through 2004 and finished state runner-up in 2005.
SPEEDWAY AT LINTON-STOCKTON
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET, Roy Williams Field.
COACHES: Steve Wray, 3-7 in 2nd year at Speedway, 8-11 in 3rd year overall. Brian Oliver, 24-4 in 3rd year at Linton-Stockton.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.
UP NEXT: Speedway entertains Indianapolis Scecina. Linton-Stockton hosts Sullivan.
WORTH NOTING: Linton-Stockton has not suffered a losing season since going 3-6 in 1996.
WEST LAFAYETTE AT TRI-WEST
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, Tri-West Field.
COACHES: Shane Fry, 19-5 in 3rd year at West Lafayette. Chris Coll, 62-37 in 10th year at Tri-West.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: West Lafayette, 3-0.
LAST MEETING: West Lafayette, 18-17, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: West Lafayette hosts McCutcheon. Tri-West travels to Evansville Mater Dei on August 29.
WORTH NOTING: Defending Class 3A state champion Tri-West has won 14 consecutive games.