Indiana Sports Talk
Top 5 Games of the Week
Postseason- Week 4
The top games of the week this week were the toughest to whittle down thus far. We have reached the semi-state round in class 6A and the regional round in the lower five classes. Most of the top contenders have made it to this point in the tournament with just a few upset casualties. Now we will take a look at some great match ups.
10. 3A #12 Jimtown (10-2) at 3A #1 Andrean (12-0)
9. 4A #6 Jasper (11-1) at 4A #1 Columbus East (12-0)
8. A #6 Fountain Central (11-1) at A #1 Linton-Stockton (12-0)
7. A #4 Eastern Hancock (12-0) at A #5 South Putnam (11-1)
6. 2A #3 Indianapolis Ritter (10-2) at 2A #4 Indianapolis Scecina (10-2)
5. 4A #4 Indianapolis Chatard (9-3) at 4A #2 New Palestine (12-0)
As is normally the case for Bishop Chatard, they have continued to get better as the season has gone on. Their defense is the prime example of this. The Trojan defense has not allowed an opponent to reach double figures since a 21-18 win over North Central back on October 4. Even the move to class 4A after back-to-back-to-back 3A state championships has not affected Coach Lorenzano’s squad. Chatard allowed a grand total of 21 points in their three game sectional run. The opposite of the expected regional appearance coming into the season for Chatard is New Palestine. New Pal struggled to a 3-7 finish in 2012 and came in to this season with a new head coach. All Kyle Ralph and the Dragons have done is go undefeated to this point with a super explosive offense. An average of 44.2 ppg and the astounding play of Blake Luker and Tyler Walden. If going 12-0 and ranked #2 is not enough to grab everyone’s attention, beating Chatard for the regional championship sure will.
4. 5A #1 Westfield (10-1) at 5A #4 Fort Wayne Snider (9-2)
The Westfield Shamrocks have gone from 3-7 last season and not having a winning season since 2007 to the #1 ranking in the state. They tied for first in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and have won eight straight games to this point. They have shown the ability to win games in different ways. The Shamrocks have topped 42 points five times, but they also won three games by three points or less. This could bode well for head coach Jake Gilbert as games tend to get tighter the deeper in the tournament you advance. Fort Wayne Snider is on a mission to get back to Indianapolis and the state championship game. Last season the Panthers were defeated by Lawrence Central for the 5A state championship. Kurt Tippmann has continued the long history of success at Snider. Last week they exacted revenge with FW North as they won 17-14 in overtime to advance to the regional. Snider should have an advantage as Westfield will be traveling north for this contest at Spuller Stadium.
3. 3A #4 Brownstown Central (12-0) at 3A #2 Gibson Southern (12-0)
This is one of the best match ups in the state all season. Brownstown Central has dominated their way to 12-0. The Braves have an average margin of victory of 40 points. Coach Reed May has one of his most complete teams he has had in 21 years at BC. The key to this game will be the play of their defense. They only allowed four opponents to reach double figures and posted two shutouts. For them to claim the third regional title in school history, they will need an effort like they had in the sectional final where they took down Charlestown 62-6. Gibson Southern was one of the most surprising teams in 2012. They have shown this season that was no fluke. Head coach Nick Hart has had great success in just his first two seasons. The Titans won the school’s first sectional and regional crowns a season ago and try to duplicate the feat this week. They have had a great season but have basically outscored people down the stretch. All three sectional games were shootouts with the semi-final and finals decided by scores of 29-23 and 39-35. The defense for Gibson Southern will have to be geared up to slow down Brownstown Central’s “Wing T” offense.
The 6A semi-state games come up this Friday. With a week off before the state championship game, we will list these two games as the top in the state. This is also a no-brainer as these are four of the top programs in the state at any level. These look to be high level games from high caliber teams.
2. 6A #1 Penn (12-0) at 6A #6 Carmel (9-3)
The near unthinkable happened last season as Penn was upset in the sectional semi-final. That has fueled the Kingsmen fire this season. They have rolled off twelve straight wins based on the strength of the stingiest defense in the state. Penn has only surrendered 45 points the entire season and that includes an amazing six shutouts. The offense has been good as well averaging 40 points a contest. Penn wants to validate their #1 ranking so they will need the defense to be strong as they travel to Carmel and face off with a member of the mighty MIC. Carmel on the other hand has gotten their offense going in the latter stages of the season. Moving to more of a spread read-option offense, the Greyhounds have topped 35 points in their last three games and went over 40 points four times since week five. Kevin Wright is no stranger to tournament success, but they too suffered a disappointing sectional loss in 2012. Bouncing back for Carmel however is making it back to the state finals.
1. 6A #3 Center Grove (11-1) at 6A #8 Warren Central (9-3)
This is a rematch of conference foes from the mighty MIC. Center Grove won the regular season match up in week one 21-10. This seasonal showdown was moved to the opening weekend by request of both teams after they used to play in week nine. A lot has changed in the eleven weeks since they last saw each other. Center Grove is still running their “Wing T” offense, but head coach Eric Moore has opened the playbook a little more. Senior quarterback Luke Calvert is now throwing the ball more than earlier in the year. The offensive diversity has made the Trojan offense much more explosive. Since their lone loss of the season in week seven, they are averaging 51.4 points per game including 56 points in the regional win last week. Warren Central got off to a little bit of a slower start this season, but has things clicking now. First year head coach Jayson West came to WC from Lawrence Central where he won the state title last year. They dropped their opener then had a two game losing skid in weeks six and seven to Pike and Carmel, respectfully. Since then they have rolled to five straight wins, plus got the best of their rematch with Pike last week in the regional. The Warriors will try to do the same to Center Grove. Both of these teams have had success at this level but neither in a few years. CG won state in 2008 and Warren followed in 2009. Neither has been back since just to add one more story line to this already juicy match up.
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