The numbers are staggering: Lafayette Central Catholic averages 53.4 points per game and allows just 5.8.
Only two teams have come within three scores of the Knights this year: Class 3A state finalist West Lafayette (38-20) and Class A No. 2 Pioneer, who LCC defeated 31-14 in the regional.
The Knights have won six state titles — including four straight from 2009-2012 — and are the favorite to add to that portfolio. Standing in the way is Linton-Stockton, their opponent in Friday’s Class A final at noon at Lucas Oil Stadium and a team that won’t be intimidated by LCC’s impressive résumé.
“When you look at them, they’re one of the premier programs in the state of Indiana,” Linton-Stockton coach Brian Oliver said. “But they’re still just high school kids, and our kids need to look at it that way. They’re an extremely tough opponent, but we’re looking forward to this.”
The Miners have their own impressive body of work. They are ranked third and bring a 13-1 record into Friday’s final, though their record is misleading. They defeated North Daviess 45-0 on Sept. 25 but later had to forfeit the game because an ineligible player had entered the game.
In averaging 54.6 points, the Miners are rolling up 438 yards per game on the ground. Four rushers have surpassed 1,000 yards: Tyler Meurer (1,190), Mitch Eberhardt (1,299), Pierce Jackson (1,085) and Garrett Mason (1,011).
Meurer also has thrown for 1,211 yards and 19 touchdowns, completing 61-of-95 passes (64 percent) with just three interceptions.
The Knights are more balanced on offense, averaging 218.8 yards rushing and 163.3 passing. Despite playing past the first half in only a handful of games, Jackson Anthrop has rushed for 2,097 yards and 43 scores. Quarterback Avery Denhart has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,570 yards and 19 TDs in 11 games.
LCC coach Kevin O’Shea said that despite his team blowing through its opponents this season, the Knights won’t come into Friday overconfident. “I think it’s very important for our kids to stay focused, and we never really worry about that,” he said. “We’re a pretty senior-heavy team, and they want to finish the right way.”