Isaiah Townsend ran 193 yards and two touchdowns to help the Lawrence Central Bears beat the Ft. Wayne Snider Panthers 39-14 Saturday night for the Class 5-A title.
Drake Christen threw for 228 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and a score for the Bears (15-0), who won their first state title.
Brandon Phelps threw for 194 yards and a touchdown for Ft. Wayne Snider (14-1), which made its first state finals appearance since 2004.
The Bears led 14-7 at halftime and scored twice in the third quarter, including a 64-yard touchdown run by Townsend to go up 26-7.
Townsend scored again on a 20-yard run in the fourth to make it 32-14 to put the game out of reach.
* Cathedral 56, Mishawaka 29: Senior quarterback Connor Rice completed 11 of 13 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, leading Cathedral to its third straight Class 4-A title.
Cathedral (10-5) racked up 514 yards as it captured its fourth championship in the last five seasons. It also became the highest-scoring 4-A team in state finals history. The teams combined for 85 total points, also a 4-A record.
Rice also set a Class 4-A finals record when he hooked up with Terry McLaurin for a 67-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
Speedy senior running back Gino Gillum rushed 20 times for 132 yards and touchdowns of 4, 1, 15 and 6 yards. The four rushing TDs tied the record established by Brian Lewis of Jasper in 2000 and equaled by Gillum in last year’s 42-7 victory over South Bend Washington.
The Irish broke from a 14-14 tie after a hectic first quarter to take a 35-14 lead at the half. They led 49-29 after three quarters.
* Chatard 30, Hamilton 13: Pete Hartley ran for 172 yards and a score as Indianapolis Bishop Chatard won in Class 3-A.
Sam Neighbors threw for 159 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans, who won their third consecutive championship.
Corey Beck threw for 197 yards on 19 of 43 passing for the Huskies, who fell in their first state finals.
The Trojans scored on a Chase Sadler 27-yard field goal on the opening drive and Hartley ran 45 yards to score on their second drive to make it 10-0.
Chatard led 16-0 at halftime. Hamilton Heights got its first score on a 33-yard touchdown reception by Landon Cunningham early in the third quarter.