Recap: Christian Williams and the Greyhounds Get a Statement Win over Warren Central

Recap: Christian Williams and the Greyhounds Get a Statement Win over Warren Central

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Recap: Christian Williams and the Greyhounds Get a Statement Win over Warren Central

Carmel completes the shutout over Warren Central 28-0 on Friday night. This is the Greyhounds' first over the Warriors since 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS – Carmel reminded the state of Indiana why they’re one of the premier high school football programs in class 6A on Friday night.


Despite two straight losses, Carmel coaches John Hebert and Aaron Hahn knew the team would be okay moving forward. “From a coaching staff standpoint, we had seen some progress in those losses. We were doing a lot of good things,” offensive coordinator Aaron Hahn said on Friday night.


Everything clicked into place as the Greyhounds put together their most complete performance of the season on Friday, stomping Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) rival Warren Central, 28-0.


Despite the slow start by both teams, the weather seemed to favor the Greyhounds and their run-first offense. The first blow came at the end of the first half, as quarterback Christian Williams connected on a 51-yard bomb to Baron Smith for the first of three touchdown passes.


The Warriors were hardly able to establish any rhythm on offense. When Warren Central came out to start the third quarter, it seemed like they finally found a rhythm as quarterback Cobe Moore was running down the Carmel defense into the Greyhounds’ red zone. That rhythm evaporated when Moore coughed up the football right into the hands of Carmel linebacker Dominic Padjen. Warren Central didn’t even threaten to score again until the game was well decided.


On offense, it was the Christian Williams show, as the wide receiver turned quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for another. At one point this season, Williams was the third string emergency quarterback behind day one starter Gabe Quigley and sophomore Zach Osborne. Because of injuries throughout the season to both Quigley and Osborne, Williams finally got his chance two weeks ago in the loss to North Central.  


Williams, who will be heading to Michigan State next year on a baseball scholarship, had some experience playing quarterback at his previous school. The transition going back to quarterback wasn’t as difficult as he anticipated. “It’s a little bit like riding a bike… being smart with the football, going through my reads and doing the best with my athletic ability,” Williams said after Friday’s win.


Ask coaches about Williams’ capabilities, and they believe the offense can be dangerous in the months of October and November with him under center.


“He surprises us all the time,” Carmel head coach John Hebert said about Williams’ performance on Friday, “I’m just enjoying the show like everyone else.”


Hahn also has plenty of praise for Williams, calling him “one of the smartest kids I’ve ever coached.” With Williams now the quarterback for the foreseeable future, Hahn is confident this Greyhounds offense can peak on the cusp of the postseason. “(Williams) has certainly solidified that position for us. He’s just allowed us to build around him,” Hahn said.


For the Greyhounds, this win was cathartic on many levels, as it snapped a four-game losing streak to the Warriors, including last year’s 6A state title game. It also reminded the team of just how dangerous they are in the tail end of the season. Hebert and the coaching staff believe they are seeing a team grow up right in front of them.


“This is becoming a player-led team. We’ll go as far as they take us…” Hahn said.


The Greyhounds, along with the rest of the state, will learn what it will take to get to Lucas Oil Stadium starting on Sunday night at 5 p.m. during the IHSAA Football Sectional Pairings draw.  

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