A look at the football state finals matchups

A look at the football state finals matchups

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A look at the football state finals matchups

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Class A state championship

Central Catholic (14-0) vs. Linton-Stockton (13-1)

Time: Noon

Series history: First meeting

Sagarin ratings: Central Catholic 87.67; Linton-Stockton 67.92

State finals history: Central Catholic is 6-0 in state titles games, winning Class A titles in 1976, ’99, and 2009-12. This is Linton-Stockton’s first appearance in the state championship.

Projected starters

Offensive line powers Central Catholic

Offense

Central Catholic — Avery Denhart, jr., QB (83-131, 1,570 yards, 19 TD, 5 INT); Jackson Anthrop, sr., RB (219 carries, 2,097 yards, 43 TD, 26 receptions, 294 yards, 5 TD); Ben Tharp, jr., TE (14 rec., 191 yards, 2 TD); Luke Fusiek, sr., WR (34 rec., 787 yards, 9 TD); Ben Metzinger, jr., WR (30 rec., 594 yards, 6 TD); Jordan Turpin, so., WR (21 rec., 346 yards, 3 TD); Jake Yeaman, jr., LT; Jack Reifenrath, sr., LG; David Sanchez, sr., C; Robbie Eberhard, sr., RG; Coy Cronk, sr., RT

Linton-Stockton—Ian Fonceca, jr., LT; Dylan Morris, sr., LG; Bryer Pope, jr., C; Cayden Walker, jr., RG; Owen Sparks, jr., RT; Zach Phegley, sr., TE; Jacob Clothier sr., WR (28 receptions, 549 yards, 11 TD); Pierce Jackson, sr., WB (115 carries, 1,085 yards, 17 TD, 27 rec., 641 yards, 7 TD); Garret Mason, jr., FB (119 car., 1,011 yards, 14 TD); Mitch Eberhardt, sr., WB (112 car., 1,299 yards, 15 TD); Tyler Meurer, jr., QB (61-95, 1,211 yards, 19 TD, 3 INT, 119 car., 1,190 yards, 26 TD)

Defense

Central Catholic—Rizlyon Baguisa, sr., NT; D’Mitri George, , jr., DE (95 tackles, 18 TFL, 8 sacks); Ethan Schrader, sr., DE (55 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks); Grant Schrader, jr., OLB; Jack Hudson, so., OLB (65 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 INT); Coy Cronk, sr., ILB (98 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT); Brandon Yeagy, sr., ILB (117 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT); Jake Page, jr., SS (85 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1 INT); Jackson Anthrop, sr., FS; Anthony Berumen, sr., CB; Adam Lovell, sr., CB

Linton-Stockton—Garret Mason, jr., DE; Dylan Morris, sr., DT (130 tackles, 10 TFL, 13 sacks); Tietje Piggsr., DT; Zach Phegley, sr., DE; Kendall Williams, jr., OLB (79 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 INT); Chad Trent, sr., OLB; Avery Gentry, jr., ILB (107 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT); Pierce Jackson, sr., ILB (137 tackles, 16 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INT); Mitch Eberhardt, sr., DB; Trey Passen, jr., DB; Tyler Meurer, jr., FS

About Central Catholic: The Knights average 53.4 points and allow 5.8. … Central Catholic finished the regular season ranked first in the Associated Press and coaches polls. … With a victory, coach Kevin O’Shea would become the seventh coach in state history with five or more state titles.

About Linton-Stockton: The Miners average 54.6 points and allow 10.2. … Linton-Stockton was ranked third in the final Associated Press and coaches polls. … The Miners’ lone loss came via forfeit after using an ineligible player.

Class 3A state championship

West Lafayette (13-1) vs. Chatard (10-3)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Series history: Chatard won the only meeting, 35-7, in the 1984 Class 2A state championship.

Sagarin ratings: West Lafayette 79.34; Chatard 86.71

State finals history: West Lafayette won the Class 2A title in 1993 and the 3A title in 2009 and was the 1984 2A runner-up. Chatard has won a state-record 12 titles, with 10 of those coming in Class 3A since 1997. The Trojans also were the 2005 runner-up.

Projected starters

Offense

West Lafayette—Mikey Kidwell, jr., QB (256-377, 3,063 yards, 39 TD, 11 INT); Travis Rolle, sr., RB (359 carries, 2,238 yards, 27 TD); Luke Touloukian, so., WR (21 receptions, 236 yards, 3 TD); Matt Marley, jr., WR (72 rec., 801 yards, 7 TD); Jonah Williams, jr., WR/TE (35 rec., 484 yards, 7 TD); Jack Folkers, sr., WR (25 rec., 367 yards, 5 TD); Dylan Trent sr., OT; Jeffrey Kim, sr., OG; Alex Alge, jr., C; August Schott, so., OG; Luke Ritchie, sr., OT

Chatard—Jack Gleaves, sr., TE (11 receptions, 141 yards, 2 TD); Jared Penry, sr., OT; Ben Solomon, jr., OG; Alex Woods, jr., C; Danny Godlevske, sr., OG; David Schroeder, sr., OT; Max McGinnis, jr., WR (24 rec., 409 yards, 4 TD); Lewis Dilts, sr., QB (40-101, 576 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT); Matthew Adkins, sr., FB; Gabe Coleman, jr., TB (312 carries, 1,769 yards, 15 TD); Graham, Jaeger, jr., WR (12 rec., 190 yards)

Defense

West Lafayette—Chris Kidwell, sr., DT (81 tackles, 21 TFL, 4 sacks); Adrian Sanchez, jr., NT; Andrew Gary, sr., DT; Brendan Adams, sr., ILB (110 tackles, 6 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT); Nate Merriott, sr., ILB (123 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT); Frank Bodi, sr., OLB (85 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks); Jonah Williams, jr., OLB; Jack Folkers, sr., CB; Logan Robinson, jr., CB; Nai Carlisle, sr., S (57 tackles, 3 TFL); Sam Oates, sr., S (86 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 INT)

Chatard—Matthew Annee, jr., DE; David Marsh, jr., DT; Danny Godlevske, sr., DT, Charlie Sexauer, sr., DE; Pete Saunders, sr., OLB (56 tackles, 13 TFL, 3 sacks); Jarron Pedtke, jr., ILB (70 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT); Charlie Gleaves, jr., ILB; Tommy Grote, sr., SS (68 tackles, 3 INT); Nick Grote, sr., CB (52 tackles, 1 INT); Patrick Sowinski, sr., CB (49 tackles, 4 INT); Peter Treesh, sr., FS (74 tackles, 1 INT)

About West Lafayette: The Red Devils average 40.8 points and allow 16.4. … West Lafayette was ranked third in the final Associated Press and coaches polls. … Junior quarterback Mikey Kidwell is the program’s career and single-season passing leader.

About Chatard: The Trojans average 25.3 points and allow 15.9. … Chatard was ranked fifth in the final Associated Press poll and second in the coaches poll. … Coach Vince Lorenzano is one of 13 head coaches to take two schools to the state finals (Ritter in 1991 and ’92) and has won six state championships.

Tickets: $15

If you go: Lucas Oil Stadium is at 500 S. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis.

Challenging road to state prepares West Lafayette

The state championship trophies on display at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday.

The state championship trophies on display at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday.

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