6 Observations from Week 9 of High School Football

6 Observations from Week 9 of High School Football

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6 Observations from Week 9 of High School Football

It was another wild night of high school football across central Indiana. What were some of the most significant takeaways from the final week of the regular season?


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With the IHSAA sectional draw in the rearview mirror, teams took to the field on Friday night to cap off the regular season and hopefully build some momentum towards the post-season. From first time conference winners to teams seeking perfection, here were some of the biggest takeaways from week nine of the regular season.

MIC Regular Season Title is Split Four Ways

For the first time in the conference’s 24-year history, four teams finished the regular season claiming a share of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) title.

Ben Davis rebounded after a disappointing loss to Lawrence Central, scoring 23 unanswered points and defeating North Central, 23-7. The Ben Davis win forced at least a three-way tie between the Giants, Panthers and Warren Central Warriors, who finished their conference schedule last week with a 5-2 record. The four-way tie was capped off with Carmel defeating Lawrence Central, 20-7. This is the first time since 2013 where more than one team split the MIC title.

Avon Caps Off Perfect Regular Season

The Class 6A #1 Orioles finished the regular season in style, handling Noblesville 37-13. The dream season for Mark Bless continues, as the Orioles capped off their first undefeated regular season since 1995. With the lack of a consensus on who is winning the 6A title in November, Avon seems like the early favorite. That being said, they have a brutal first sectional game coming up in two weeks at Brownsburg. Speaking of the Bulldogs…

Hamilton Southeastern Shocks Brownsburg

Call me 0-2 on my weekly predictions, as I incorrectly predicted the Bulldogs winning a close one over the Royals. In a back-and-forth battle that had five lead changes, the Royals came out on top, 28-25. HSE took the lead for good midway in the fourth quarter thanks to a 72-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Hobson to tailback Ben Boyson. A week after a frustrating loss to Franklin Central, the Royals must be feeling pretty good about their chances at a post-season run. HSE will host Carmel to start sectional play in two weeks.

Cathedral Takes Care of Business Against Center Grove

The Fighting Irish capped off an impressive 7-2 regular season with a 14-9 win over Center Grove. Irish running back Daylen Hall helped put Cathedral on top for good, running for a career long 93-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Cathedral only allowed one third down conversion out of 11 in the ballgame and forced two interceptions from Trojans quarterback Tayven Jackson. The Fighting Irish get a bye week next week before hosting Terre Haute South Vigo in the Sectional 13 semifinals.

Brebeuf Pulls Away Late Against Terre Haute North Vigo

The outcome of this game wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter, but the Class 3A #8 Braves took care of business against the Patriots, 28-14. Brebeuf accounted for 380 yards of total offense, led by 239 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Drake Hagerman. The Braves will open sectional play with a rematch against fellow 3A power Chatard.

Indian Creek Clinches First WIC Title Over Northview

This was one of the more unique games across central Indiana, as the Western Indiana Conference (WIC) decides week nine matchups based on how each team finishes across the east and west divisions. East division champion Indian Creek, led by Warren Central transfer quarterback Roman Purcell, held on for the 32-28 win over Northview. The win gives Indian Creek their first WIC title in program history.

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