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More tidbits for your gridiron appetite

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 2:39 PM

As the Linton-Stockton Miners football team stands on the verge of school history, that is one win away from the school's first state finals appearance in football, I found some more little tidbits that might be of interest to area football fans.

There will be 10 total games around the state either Friday or Saturday night with places in Lucas Oil Stadium next week on the line.

In Class 5A Ft. Wayne Snider (9-4) meets No. 3 Penn (13-0) while Center Grove (9-4) and No. 2 Carmel (12-1) square off in the other semistate matchup.

Earlier this year Penn defeated FW Snider 31-13 and Carmel stop Center Grove 42-17. Both game were played in early September so a lot of things could have changed for either team since.

The Class 4A field still includes South Bend Washington (10-3), who won their first regional title last week and No. 4 Leo (13-0) face-off in one half of the bracket while No. 3 Columbus East (12-1) travels to No. 1 Indianapolis Cathedral (10-3) in the other.

South Bend Washington is looking for it's first semistate title as are Leo and Columbus East.

Class 3A Semistates feature No. 3 West Lafayette (12-1) visiting No. 4 South Bend St. Joseph's (11-2) and No. 1 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (11-2) taking on Corydon Central (11-2).

Corydon Central has yet to make a visit to the state finals and won their only regional crown last week while Bishop Luers is the two-time defending state champ.

The Class 2A pairings include a game between No. 4 Bremen (13-0) and No. 1 Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers (11-1) and the meeting between Guerin Catholic (10-3) and No. 5 Evansville Mater Dei (12-1).

The latter of the two Class 2A contests will be played on Saturday at Evansville's Reitz Bowl. It's one of three games played at a site other than the host school.

Also played on another field will be the 4A game between Columbus East and Cathedral which will be played at Indianapolis North Central High School and of course the Miners' battle with Scecina will take place at the University of Indianapolis' Key Stadium.

I'm sure by now you're all familiar with the other remaining teams in Class A besides the 13-0 Miners and 10-3 Crusaders.

But, just in case you didn't, No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic (13-0) is hosting No. 11 Sheridan (10-3).

LCC is seeking to extend it's 43-game winning streak. One that happens to be the third-longest of its kind in state history.

The two longest were 60 straight by Bloomington between 1967 and 1973 and Sheridan's 45-game run that spanned the 2005 to 2008 seasons.

Incidentally, the last loss by Central Catholic came at the hands of their opponent on Friday night, Sheridan.

While Central Catholic and Bishop Luers are the defending champs in their respective classes, there are three other teams -- Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, SB St. Joseph's and Indianapolis Cathedral -- that are looking to return to Lucas Oil Stadium as well.

A total of six teams still alive, including the Miners, are looking for their first trip to the state finals.

They include Columbus East, Leo and SB Washington in 4A, Corydon Central in 3A and Guerin Catholic in 2A.

On the other end of the spectrum, Bishop Luers has won 13 semistate titles, which is most in state history.

Next on the list are Bishop Chatard and Roncalli with 11, Sheridan with 10, Ben Davis, Hobart, Cathedral and Penn with nine semistate titles each and Carmel, Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Cardinal Ritter and Warren Central with seven each.

The team currently still alive with the longest drought since claiming a semistate is the Miners' opponent on Friday night.

The last time Scecina made an appearance in the state finals was 20 years ago (1991) when they won the second of back-to-back state trophies in Class 2A.

Just as a sidenote when Carmel defeated Warren Central in the sectional, it was the 100th win by the Greyhounds in the football tournament all-time.

Well, I hope this helps feed your appetite for trivia and numbers and makes it a little more interesting for you as the field narrows to just two teams in each class.

Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487 ext. 20. He can be reached by email at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.



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