Elwood High School's Marty Wells has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Wells was selected after his Panthers beat previously undefeated and Class 3A No. 3 ranked Eastbrook 34-6. It was their first win over Eastbrook since 2002.
The 2012 season marks the thirteenth year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The Elwood Panthers improved to 3-2 after a 34-6 win over Class 3A No. 3 ranked and previously unbeaten Eastbrook. It was the first time the Panthers beat Eastbrook since 2002.
Elwood was led by senior quarterback Austin Dauenhauer and junior running back Sammy Mireles both of which were fighting ailments. Dauenhauer had been sick with a stomach ache and Mireles sat out of practice all week due to a hip flexor and groin issue.
Eastbrook was unable to tell as Dauenhauer went 4 of 5 for 103 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground Mireles added 306 yards on 37 carries with one touchdown.
Wells, an Elwood alum, enters his eighth year at the school with a 30-48 record overall. Out of those 30 wins, this one is by far the biggest. Football is a part of the Wells family as his son Drew is a three-year starter and an All-State selection on this year's Panthers team. His older son Derek plays at Wabash.
The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform the best available athletes into high potential football players through their hard work and dedication to young people.
All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach's impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.
Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be announced. Coach Pagano will also announce each week's winner in his weekly press conference.
At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school's athletic fund.
The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 5:
Region 1- Ryan Turley - Hobart
Region 6- Josh Bius - Greencastle
Region 2- Mike Campbell - Jimtown
Region 7- Scott Marsh – Perry Meridian
Region 3 – Ryan Hall – Ft. Wayne North
Region 8- Mike Campbell - Greenwood
Region 4 – Brian Moore – Fountain Central
Region 9- North Posey – Joe Gengelbach
Region 5 – Winner
Region 10- Lonnie Oldham - Jeffersonville