High School Sports
Top Indy-Area Gridiron Performers for Regional Week
Players of the Week
Johnny Adams, Ben Davis: With 106 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, the senior running back again plowed through the completion in the Giants’ 50-7 victory over Fishers. Adams now has 1,344 rushing yards at 10.4 per carry, to go with 16 TDs. He’s averaged 12 yards per run or more in half of Ben Davis’ games, and also has 151 yards and three scores via reception.
Ben Stevens, Danville: The senior two-way standout had a game to remember in the Warriors’ 38-7 demolition of Chatard, as the program claimed its first regional crown in 17 years. Stevens had a 42-yard TD reception and a 95-yard interception return for a score, as the Warriors outscored the Trojans 24-0 in the second half.
Jack Wright, Scecina: The senior tight end snagged nine catches for 125 yards and touchdowns of 40 and 25 yards from quarterback Mac Ayers, as the Crusaders topped Western Boone 48-33 for their first semistate berth in five years. Scecina will go for its third state finals bid of the decade versus Southridge, which has three in its history, the last in 2006.
Andre Jones, Lutheran: The senior running back-turned-quarterback had 160 rushing yards and four TDs, as the Saints took their second straight regional title and third in four years with a 50-15 triumph over Arlington. Now Lutheran will try to break through with its first 1A title game appearance, as Eastern Greene pays a visit. Whoever wins will earn their first-ever trip to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Teams of the Week
Avon (10-2): The Orioles reached their second Final Four in three seasons with a 32-21 beating of Center Grove, which eliminated them in a double-overtime semistate classic two years ago. Wideout Isaac Guerendo tallied 234 all-purpose yards and three TDs, while Sampson James had 21 carries for 125 yards. To reach its first state championship, Avon will have to take down Ben Davis, which won the teams’ Week 2 meeting 52-20.
Carmel (8-4): One week after beating 10-0 Lafayette Jeff, the Greyhounds knocked out 11-0 Fort Wayne Snider, 22-21, for the program’s fifth straight regional title and 20th overall. Carmel once again gets a chance to claim Indy metro supremacy over the north, as 11-1 Penn comes to town. The Greyhounds have eliminated the Kingsmen five times in six tries since 2008