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Top Indy-Area Gridiron Performers for Week 8

Players of the Week


Tavian Gadia, Plainfield: The Quakers completed just two passes in a 50-45 win over Whiteland, but the running game picked up the slack, as Gadia led the way with 30 carries for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Dawson Anderson crossed the 1,000-yard barrier for Plainfield, with 109 yards and two scores on 14 carries.


David Bell, Warren Central: The junior wideout had seven catches for 121 yards and a 15-yard touchdown, and added an 87-yard punt return for a score, in the Warriors’ 35-14 victory over Carmel. With two first-time starters at quarterback this season, Bell still has 698 yards and five TDs at 19.9 yards per reception.


Franklin Central Running Backs: Michael Pitz (8 carries, 175 yards) and Jaylen Brown (16 carries, 121 yards) combined for 296 yards at 12.3 per attempt and four touchdowns in the Flashes’ 52-14 victory over Terre Haute South. Pitz has 448 yards and seven TDs in the past two weeks alone.


Brebeuf Punt Return Unit: The special teams group scored two TDs in the 3A Braves’ 30-0 domination of 6A Hamilton Southeastern. Dillon Howell and Jacob Pressler both scored on blocked punts for Brebeuf, which won its second straight game to reach .500 for the season.


Teams of the Week


Decatur Central (7-1): The Class 5A No. 6 Hawks snapped top-ranked Roncalli’s 22-game winning streak in a 49-45 thriller. Quarterback Bryce Jefferson ran for 152 yards and four TDs on 16 carries, and threw for 183 yards. Fullback Calvin Thomas provided the game-winner with a 29-yard scoring run with under three minutes remaining. The team can cap a perfect Mid-State Conference campaign with a win over Franklin this week.


Danville (8-0): In its closest contest in a season filled mostly with blowouts, the 3A No. 3 Warriors stayed unbeaten with a 14-6 triumph over 6-1 and 2A No. 7 Western Boone. With its potent passing game shut down, Danville relied on the running of Alex Skinner, who had 28 carries for 182 yards and the game’s final score. Friday’s road trip to North Montgomery is all that stands between the Warriors and their first unbeaten regular season in 15 years. 

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