It’s the last time for a while that No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic will dominate the smallest class in Indiana high school football.
But that doesn’t make a state title any less sweet for the Knights, who will move to Class 2-A next season under the IHSAA’s two-year success factor rule.
Brad Schrader ran for 136 yards on 22 carries to help lead the Knights to a 14-0 win Friday over Indianapolis Scecina as they captured their fourth consecutive Class A state football title.
The Knights shut out a team for the first time since 2009, when they beat Fountain Central, 52-0.
“We’ve always been a defense-first ball club,” said Knights coach Kevin O’Shea. “I know people see our offense and see we score a lot of points here and there, but we’ve always been defense first.”
Ty Preston threw for 121 yards on 5-of-9 passing Friday for the Knights.
Thomas Allgood rushed for 43 yards on seven carries and David Tarver ran for 43 yards on 12 carries for the Crusaders, who lost to the Knights in the finals for the second straight year. Scecina quarterback Robert Kennick threw for 23 yards on 3-of-10 passing.
Both the Knights and the Crusaders will move to Class 2-A next season.
The Knights’ Joe Smith scored on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Preston with 8:25 left in the third quarter for the first score.
The Knights beat Scecina a year ago in the championship game, 38-7. The Knights took a 28-0 lead at halftime in that game before the Crusaders scored just once in the fourth quarter.
* Fort Wayne Luers 40, Indianapolis Ritter 28: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers won its fourth consecutive 2-A football championship.
The Knights opened a 20-point lead in the second quarter then held off a fourth-quarter Raiders rally inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Bishop Luers scored 27 straight points in the second quarter as Jaylon Smith rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with 150 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith iced the game with a 16-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left in the game. Quarterback Quinn Cook threw for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Jake Purichia threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders. Jake Hagan was on the receiving end of all three scores and posted nine catches for 138 yards.