Here are the top performers from Week 9 of high school football:
Russ Yeast, Center Grove
From the beginning of the game until its very end, Cathedral had no answer for Yeast, who scored five touchdowns on his way to leading the Trojans to a 44-41 overtime victory over the Irish. Yeast, the only Trojan receiver to have a reception in the game, hauled in seven passes for 214 yards and scored from distances of (in order) 60, 10, 58, 32 and seven yards away. The final touchdown was the game-winner in overtime.
Jalen Walker, Carmel
Walker shined in the MIC Network Game of the Week, as he caught 11 passes for 201 yards and a school-record four touchdowns to lead the Greyhounds past Lawrence Central 35-20. He scored from 13, 39, 73 and 35 yards away, and he even added an interception late in the game to help Carmel seal the victory over their division rivals.
Ben Slaton, Plainfield
The quarterback led the Quakers’ assault on Martinsville with 344 yards on 13-of-23 passing and five touchdowns in their 59-26 victory Friday night. Slaton shredded the Artesians secondary in the first half, connecting on three touchdowns — including a 72-yarder to Dawson Anderson — to put Plainfield up 21-0 early. From there, he and the Quakers put the game on ice, as Martinsville never got closer than 21-3. Gavin Ritter was Slaton’s favorite target, as he hauled in eight passes for 159 yards two touchdowns.
Quakers on the board early at Martinsville tonight! Go Quakers! pic.twitter.com/ZLKe0Psy3c— PHS Principal (@QuakerPrincipal) October 14, 2016
Bryce Jefferson, Decatur Central
The Hawks quarterback went wild in the first half — the only half he played — throwing for 259 yards on 13-of-16 passing and six touchdowns to put Decatur Central ahead of Franklin 55-13 at the break.
Jefferson kicked off the game with touchdowns passes of 26 yards and 29 yards to Tyrone Tracy. Then, with the Hawks up 27-0, he hit Calvin Thomas for a 47-yard touchdown. He followed that up with a 49-yarder to Jaylen Adkins and a 28-yarder to Justin Burns before capping his outstanding half with a five-yard pass to Burns.
Chase Andries, Beech Grove
The Hornets quarterback was unstoppable Friday night, as he ripped apart the Mooresville defense through the air and on the ground, leading Beech Grove to a 49-21 victory.
Andries finished with 420 yards and five touchdowns on 26-of-32 passing. His favorite target, Montrez Hearon, caught 10 of Andries’ passes for 245 yards and four touchdown. Andries also added 63 rushing yards and a touchdown to cap his sensational night.