INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – From all the prep football action we saw Friday night across Central Indiana, two plays stood out above the rest. They are nominees for the FasTrack Mechanical Play of the Week, and your vote will determine the winner.
NOMINEE #1: CARMEL’S JALEN WALKER
In each of the past three years, Carmel has ended Fishers' season in sectionals, and the Greyhounds entered Friday night hoping to make it four-for-four. Carmel led in the fourth quarter, but Fishers was within a score, trailing 16-10. The Greyhounds needed some insurance, and got it from their top playmaker, Jalen Walker. After fielding a punt inside Fishers' territory, Walker showed the Carmel crowd why he's one of the most dangerous return men in central Indiana, dodging and weaving through tacklers, then turning on the jets to make it to the end zone. The score put the game out of reach for Fishers, as Carmel topped the Tigers once again in sectionals, 23-10.
NOMINEE #2: RITTER'S BEN EGENOLF
Ritter entered this postseason having lost in sectionals each of the past two years. The Raiders' last sectional title came in 2013, when coach Ty Hunt's squad won the fourth state title in school history. It would be a tough matchup with Lapel, and knowing every point matters, the Raiders found themselves going for two after scoring a touchdown to go up 20-7. Quarterback Diomoni rolled out and fired to the back of the end zone where receiver Ben Egenolf made a terrific leaping catch and was just able to tap one foot in bounds to complete the reception. The Raiders needed a late score to top Lapel, but with the 26-21 win, they're going back to regionals.