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Bowen’s 3 second half TDs lift 59ers to state title

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After a rare scoreless first half, Andrean’s Drayk Bowen came up with big plays on both sides of the ball to lead the 59ers to a 21-9 victory over Evansville Mater Dei to capture the Class 2A state championship.
Bowen rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, a 2-yard run and ensuing two-point conversion to put the 59ers up, 15-9, then added a 3-yard score with 8:19 left to provide the final points.
His third touchdown came on the first play after the Notre Dame-recruit sacked Mater Dei quarterback Mason Wunderlich and forced a fumble, which teammate Dominic DiTola recovered at the Mater Dei 3.
The victory gives coach Chris Skinner’s 59ers (12-3) their third state championship and first in Class 2A (the previous were won in Class 3A in 2004 and 2013).
The teams slogged through a scoreless first half, with the defenses dominating. The teams combined for only 130 yards in offense (38 rushing) and three turnovers.
Bowen, however, came to the fore in the second half and finished with 171 yards rushing on 24 carries and the three scores. He also had six tackles from his linebacker spot, including 2.5 for losses.
Wunderlich paced the Mater Dei offense with 201 yards passing and scored the Wildcats’ only touchdown on a 22-yard run.
Coach Mike Goebel’s Wildcats, who had won nine straight games coming in, finish 12-3.
Andrean’s Robby Ballentine earns the Blake Ress Mental Attitude Award
During the awards ceremony, Robby Ballentine of Andrean High School was announced by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the recipient of the Blake Ress Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Football.
The award is annually presented to a senior who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during his four years of high school.
He is an all-state candidate and a first team all-conference honoree in football and will participate in his fourth year with the 59ers’ basketball and baseball teams later this year. He was a member of Andrean’s 2019 state championship teams in both baseball and basketball.
He ranks in the top five of his senior class academically, is a National Honor Society member and an Andrean Ambassador.
He is the son of Shawn Ballentine and Julie Cantrell-Ballentine of Crown Point, IN. He is undecided on his college choice but he is interested in studying political science and/or pre-law.
The award is named in honor of Commissioner Emeritus Blake Ress, who served as the IHSAA’s seventh commissioner from 2000-11.
The Indianapolis Colts, the presenting sponsor of the state tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Andrean High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Robby Balletnine.