The Indiana high school state football playoffs wrap up this holiday weekend in 2009 in downtown Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. The action begins on Friday night with the Class 1A and Class 2A championships being determined.
#1 Lafayette Central Catholic vs. #3 Fountain Central
(Game Time: 3:30 Friday)
Lafayette Central Catholic returns to the state finals for the first time since winning the 1999 title, and they do so as the most heavily favored team in recent finals memory. Not only does LCC lead the state in scoring average with 52 points a game, but they also lead the state by allowing a miniscule three points a game defensively.
The 14-0 Knights are led by quarterback Chris Mills, who’s completed 66% of his passes for 2,948 and a ridiculous 43 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. As dominant as Catholic’s been in the passing game, they’ve also managed to pound out nearly 2,500 rushing yards by utilizing multiple backs and formations. Many Indianapolis sports fans who follow high school football have been saying all year that LCC may be the best Class 1A team ever assembled in the state of Indiana, and a victory on Friday would be their official coronation.
Fountain Central’s also undefeated, and they’ve plowed through the tournament by outscoring opponents 209-34. The Mustangs strength is in their ground game. Workhorse back Trent Spear is averaging 8.1 yards carry on 149 attempts, and quarterback Scott Moore’s chipped in 720 rushing yards of his own. Moore’s also thrown for 1,214 yards, making Fountain Central’s balanced attack hard to stop. Unfortunately for the school located up I-74 Northwest of Indianapolis, Central Catholic appears to be too dominant of a squad for even the cream of the 1A Class to contend with.
Lafayette Central Catholic: 35 Fountain Central: 6
#2 Monrovia vs. Fort Wayne Luers
(Game Time: 7:00 Friday)
The 14-0 Bulldogs are supported by an ardent local fan base, and three of their players are sons of former players who participated on Monrovia’s only other squad to finish the regular season undefeated. Just four years ago, the Bulldogs ended the year with an abominable 0-10 record, so for the current seniors who suffered through that miserery, 2009 has been particularly surreal.
The name of the game for Monrovia is physicality. They’re allowing just 5.4 points per game on defense, and offensively, they rely on their dominating offensive line to ram the ball down the opposition’s throats. In last week’s semistate win at Plainfield High School, Monrovia attempted just two passes, but spearheaded by Jake Hadley and leading rusher Austin Parks, they controlled the clock on their way to beating #3 Paoli 30-13.
Fort Wayne Luers, the most dominant team in Class 2A during the decade, are making their 5th state title appearance in the last 10 years. After opening the season with four losses in their first six games, the Knights have reeled off five high-scoring victories during their seemingly improbable tournament run. Like Monrovia, Luers relies heavily on their running game, using five different backs to tabulate nearly 2,000 yards on the ground this season.
In tradition alone, this game is the definition of David vs. Goliath, but Friday night, on the field the Indianapolis Colts call home, Monrovia will score a victory for underdogs everywhere.
Monrovia: 24 Fort Wayne Luers: 13
Check back with funcityfinder.com on Friday for a preview of Saturday’s high school football schedule.