INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Before the Colts and Titans take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, six state champions were crowned.
Carmel topped Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Center Grove 20-17 to claim the IHSAA class 6A crown. The Greyhounds have now won nine state football championships.
The Hounds jumped out to a 20-3 lead before two fourth quarter Trojans’ touchdowns made the final three minutes interesting. Dylan Downing ran for two first downs to help run out the clock and end CG’s rally.
Gabe Quigley connected with Baron Smith for a 48-yard touchdown, Zach White scored on a 10-yard run and Spencer Hanna made two field goals to propel Carmel.
Tayven Jackson led the Center Grove attack with touchdown passes to Trent Veith (41-yards) and Mason Long (11-yards).
New Palestine beat Valparaiso 27-20 to cap off a perfect season and repeat as class 5A champs. It’s the Dragons third title in the last six seasons.
Charlie Spegal, the state’s career rushing leader, ran for 160 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter to give New Pal the lead.
Chatard extended its state record capturing its 14th state football championship. The Trojans topped Heritage Hills 34-3 for the class 4A crown. They won 11 straight games to end the season and are now 14-1 in title games in school history.
Daylen Taylor ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns for Chatard.
Western Boone dominated Eastbrook 44-7 to win its second straight class 2A championship. The Stars finished the year on a 13-game winning streak and have compiled a 29-1 record over the last two seasons.
WeBo racked up 512 yards of total offense. Robby Taylor ran for three touchdowns, while Connor Hole had a rushing and receiving TD.
Lutheran fell to Lafayette Central Catholic 29-28 for the class A title in the most exciting finish of state finals weekend.
Ky Schrader scored from one-yard out to make it 28 to 27, Lutheran with 10-seconds to play. The Knights went for two and the win instead of kicking the extra point and forcing overtime. They gamble paid off as Clark Barrett hit Reece Buche in the end zone for the victory.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Saints, who were making their first championship appearance after falling in the semi-state round the last three years.
Evansville Memorial beat East Noble 21-3 to earn the class 4A crown. Brock Combs sealed the game for the Tigers with a 65-yard touchdown run late in the game. It’s their second title in the last three seasons.