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Top Indy-Area Gridiron Performers from Week 3

Center Grove freshman runs over Carmel

Players of the Week

Carson Steele, Center Grove: If starting as a freshman for one of the state’s premier programs wasn’t impressive enough, Steele exploded onto the scene with 21 carries for 238 yards and three touchdowns, as the Trojans trounced MIC rival Carmel 31-10. Steele averages 175.7 yards per game at 9.1 per carry, along with nine TDs.

Bryce Jefferson, Decatur Central: The senior quarterback put on a show in his team’s 55-28 win over Whiteland. Jefferson ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns in just 14 carries, and completed two of his four pass attempts for 99 yards and two more TDs. Jefferson averages 164.7 passing yards and 122.7 rushing yards per game.

Evan Douglas, Pendleton Heights: The junior running back had 27 carries for 213 yards and TDs of 72, 10 and 23 yards, the last giving the Arabians a 34-31 triumph over visiting New Castle. Behind Douglas’ 146.3 and Taylor White’s 75.0, unbeaten Pendleton Heights averages 291.0 rushing yards per contest.

Bryce Kirtz, Brownsburg: In a 59-0 demolition of Franklin, Kirtz had two carries for 97 yards, including an 80-yard TD, and tallied six catches for 112 yards and scores of 80 and 40 yards. Through three games, Kirtz averages 20.1 yards every time he touches the football.


Teams of the Week

Danville (3-0): With a 37-6 victory over Lebanon – the program’s first against the Tigers in three years – the Warriors improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2002. Danville averages 47.7 points per game while holding its opposition to just 12.0. The Warriors rolled up 463 yards against Lebanon, as they avenged one of their two regular-season losses from a year ago.

Plainfield (2-1): With an offensive show that’ll fill the highlight reel, the Quakers won their second game in as many weeks with a 54-14 beating of rival Mooresville. Dawson Anderson had 219 yards and four TDs on just 14 carries, and Ben Slaton went 14-of-21 for 281 yards and three scores, two to Gavin Jacobs, who had three catches for 127 yards.

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