THE 2022 INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST FINAL INSIDER

by | Nov 29, 2022 | Football Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

STATE FINALS RECAP

CLASS 1A: Indianapolis Lutheran 30, Adams Central 13: Jackson Willis completed 17-of-19 for 278 yards and tied a Class 1A record with four touchdowns as the top-ranked Saints made it back-to-back titles. DeVuan Jones hauled in seven passes for 121 yards with three scores, and Micah Mackay added four catches for 92 yards with a score to help Lutheran (15-0) to its 30th straight win. Keegan Bluhm ran 27 times for 157 yards, while Ryan Black went 4-of-16 for 65 yards and rambled for two scores for the No. 2 Flying Jets (14-1). Mackay was also chosen as the winner of the Blake Ress mental attitude award.

CLASS 2A: Evansville Mater Dei 20, Andrean 10: Mason Wunderlich went 12-of-21 for 124 yards with two touchdowns, helping the No. 6 Wildcats avenge last year’s setback and claim their first championship since 2000. Ethan Stoltz added two catches for 33 yards with two scores, and Cam Marx tied a Class 2A record with a 47-yard field for Mater Dei (12-3). Drayk Bowen ran 26 times for 95 yards and tallied seven tackles for the 59ers (10-4). Joey Pierre of Mater Dei captured the Blake Ress mental attitude award.

CLASS 3A: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 34, Lawrenceburg 14: Riley Kinnett rambled 10 times for 81 yards with two second half touchdowns, helping the No. 6 Trojans rally for their state-best 16th state crown. Drew VanVleet was 16-of-20 for 133 yards with a score, and Noah Dudik added five receptions for 50 yards with a score for Bishop Chatard (11-4). Teagan Bennett ran 22 times for 124 yards, while Alex Witte added 25 carries for 108 yards with a score for the No. 9 Tigers (13-2). Aiden Duncan of Bishop Chatard earned the Blake Ress mental attitude award.

CLASS 4A: East Central 37, New Prairie 7: Josh Ringer tied a Class 4A record with four touchdowns as the No. 4 Trojans claimed their third state crown. Ringer finished with 23 carries for 167 yards, while Eli Ashton added five rushes for 114 yards with a score and two receptions for 45 yards for East Central (13-2). Marshall Kmiecik completed 9-of-17 for 159 yards and ran 14 times for 52 yards with a score for the No. 6 Cougars (13-2).  Christian Garrison of East Central was the winner of the Phil N. Eskew mental attitude award.

CLASS 5A: Valparaiso 35, Whiteland 31: Rocco Micciche’s 11-yard touchdown pass from Justin Clark with 15 seconds left lifted the No. 9 Vikings to their first state title since 1975 and second overall. Trailing 31-28 with just over five minutes left, Valparaiso (11-3) drove 80 yards in 16 plays and converted three third-down conversions along the way. Davis finished 10-of-16 for 163 yards with two touchdowns and ran 14 times for 57 yards with three scores, while Travis Davis carried the ball 36 times for 193 yards for the Vikings. Kevin Denham was 4-of-10 for 108 yards with two touchdowns, and Maalik Perkins returned the opening kickoff a state final best 98 yards for a score for the No. 2 Warriors (12-2). Valparaiso’s Connor McCall was named the Phil N. Eskew mental attitude award recipient.

CLASS 6A: Center Grove 35, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 9: Tyler Cherry went 6-of-9 for 137 yards with a touchdown and ran for another tally, leading the No. 4 Trojans to their third straight state title and fifth overall. Micah Coyle added 26 carries for 132 yards with a score, and Jalen Thompson chipped in 20 rushes for 128 yards as well as a 64-yard touchdown reception for Center Grove (12-2). Jimmy Sullivan was 14-of-26 for 136 yards and ran 20 times for 60 yards, while Camden Hershberger tallied six receptions for 66 yards with a touchdown for the No. 5 Chargers (13-1). Carroll’s Jorge Valdez was the recipient of the Phil N. Eskew mental attitude award.

ALL-TIME STATE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 16, Indianapolis Cathedral 14, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 11, Indianapolis Roncalli 10, Ben Davis 9, Sheridan 9, Warren Central 9, Carmel 9, Lafayette Central Catholic 8, Center Grove 5. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 5, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 5, Penn 5, Franklin Central 4, Hobart 4, Tri-West 4, Jimtown 4, Western Boone 4, New Palestine 3, Columbus East 3, East Central 3, Mishawaka Marian 3, Lawrenceburg 3, Pioneer 3, Andrean 3, Blackford 2, Bloomington South 2, Bremen 2, Brownsburg 2, Castle 2, Evansville Mater Dei 2, Evansville Memorial 2, Evansville Reitz 2, Fort Wayne Snider 2, Goshen 2, Indianapolis Lutheran 2, Indianapolis Scecina 2, North Montgomery 2, Valparaiso 2, West Lafayette 2, Zionsville 2.

NEW CLASS 1A RECORDS

TEAM

Most Passing Touchdowns (Tied): 4 by Indianapolis Lutheran vs. Adams Central, 2022.

INDIVIDUAL

Most Passing Touchdowns (Tied): 4 by Jackson Willis, Indianapolis Lutheran vs. Adams Central, 2022.

Most TD Receptions (Tied): 3 by DeVuan Jones, Indianapolis Lutheran vs. Adams Central, 2022.

NEW CLASS 2A RECORDS

TEAM

Most Field Goals (Tied): 2 by Evansville Mater Dei vs. Andrean, 2022.

INDIVIDUAL

Longest Field Goal (Tied): 47 by Cam Marx, Evansville Mater Dei vs. Andrean, 2022.

NEW CLASS 3A RECORDS

TEAM

Most Field Goals (Tied): 2 by Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Lawrenceburg, 2022.

INDIVIDUAL

Most Field Goals (Tied): 2 by Jasper Chapman, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Lawrenceburg, 2022.

Most Interceptions (Tied): 2 by Colin Guy, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Lawrenceburg, 2022.

NEW CLASS 4A RECORDS

TEAM

None

INDIVIDUAL

Most Points (Tie): 24 by Josh Ringer, East Central vs. New Prairie, 2022.

Most Touchdowns (Tie): 4 by Josh Ringer, East Central vs. New Prairie, 2022.

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Tie): 4 by Josh Ringer, East Central vs. New Prairie, 2022.

NEW CLASS 5A RECORDS

TEAM

Most Penalties (Tied): 11 by Whiteland vs. Valparaiso, 2022.

Most Kickoff Return Yards: 199 by Whiteland vs. Valparaiso, 2022.

INDIVIDUAL

Longest Kickoff Return (Overall): 98 yards by Maalik Perkins, Whiteland vs. Valparaiso, 2022.

NEW CLASS 6A RECORDS

TEAM

Most Rushing Attempts: 56 by Center Grove vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2022.

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Tie): 4 by Center Grove vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2022.

Most First Downs (Tie): 24 by Center Grove vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2022.

Most First Downs by Rushing: 16 by Center Grove vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2022.

Most Punt Return Yards: 37 by Center Grove vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2022.

INDIVIDUAL

None

POST-SEASON SUCCESS

Center Grove has run off 15 playoff wins in a row.

Indianapolis Lutheran has a 12-game playoff winning streak.

East Central, Evansville Mater Dei, and Indianapolis Bishop Chatard have run off six straight post-season wins.

Valparaiso has claimed five consecutive playoff victories.

LONGEST CURRENT WINNING STREAKS

Indianapolis Lutheran has claimed 30 straight wins.

Valparaiso has seven wins in a row.

East Central, Evansville Mater Dei, and Indianapolis Bishop Chatard have six straight victories.

Center Grove has won five straight games.

ALL-TIME LEADERS IN PLAYOFF WINS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard – 146-27 (.844), Fort Wayne Bishop Luers – 143-29 (.831), Indianapolis Cathedral – 135-27 (.833), Carmel – 133-37 (.782), Indianapolis Roncalli – 122-32 (.792), Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger – 122-37 (.767), Penn – 121-39 (.756), Ben Davis – 114-30 (.792), Evansville Mater Dei – 114-38 (.750), Jimtown – 110-37 (.748), Fort Wayne Snider – 110-39 (.738), Hobart – 108-40 (.730), Sheridan – 102-34 (.750), Adams Central – 100-39 (.719), NorthWood – 99-40 (.712), Andrean 98-35 (.737), Warren Central – 96-30 (.762), East Central 95-36 (.725), Lafayette Central Catholic 91-31 (.746), Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 91-34 (.728).

WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACHES

Larry “Bud” Wright (Sheridan) 447, Russ Radtke (Knox) 388, Mike Gillin (Mooresville) 357, John Hart (Brownsburg) 326, Jeff Adamson (Eastbrook) 308, Reed May (Brownstown Central) 291, Eric Moore (Center Grove) 284, Mike Goebel (Evansville Mater Dei) 260, Mike Johnson (Logansport) 246, Mark Bless (Avon) 241, Bart Curtis (Warsaw) 240, Kevin O’Shea (Indianapolis North Central) 239, Craig Buzea (Crown Point) 228, Ott Hurrle (Indianapolis Scecina) 225, Tim Able (Triton Central) 215, Grant Zgunda (Jay County) 210, Sherwood Haydock (Fort Wayne Wayne) 203, Dave Pasch (Indianapolis Lutheran) 203.

CLOSING IN ON 200

Cory Yeoman (Penn) 198, Kirk Kennedy (Kankakee Valley) 196, Herb King (Fountain Central) 193, Darrin Fisher (Whiteland) 191, Chris Meeks (Rensselaer Central) 186

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