Opening week in Indiana prep football did not disappoint when it came to late game dramatics. Our pick, Avon pulled a tough one out against a good opponent in Lawrence Central, 38-31. The Warren Central vs Center Grove game picked up where it left off in 2013. The Warriors edged the Trojans in an overtime battle, 12-9. Week two offers some tough, down to the last minute games on paper as well.
Ben Davis vs Avon
Players to Watch
Ben Davis: QB Kyle Castner, WR Trew Smith, DB Jailyn Hardin
Avon: QB Brandon Peters, RB Derrick Tennant, DE Raushawn Brent
Cathedral vs Warren Central
Players to Watch
Cathedral: QB Max Bortenschlager, RB Caleb Cross, DB Ben Stewart
Warren Central: DE James Sims, ATH Mykelti Williams, RB Tirone Young
No. 9 Pike: Senior Quarterback Beau Trudeau burst onto the scene last Friday, completing 16 of 20 passes and throwing for 298 yards and 6 touchdowns. Pike fans should become accustom to those type of numbers from the young Trudeau, given that Pike may have the deepest Receiver core in the state. The receiver group is led seniors Rashad Medaris and Quentin Taliaferro, who both posses big play potential.The Red Devils can spread the football a number of ways, and the most dangerous of the group is junior receiver Johnny Williams who cashed in 3 touchdowns, 139 yards on 4 catches. Junior Offensive lineman Lee Burks is the no.11 ranked prospect in our INPreps Top 50 for 2016. There may not be a better linebacker core than the duo Pike possess in Aaron Jones and Quentin Moon. Defensive lineman Kemeul Denny and defensive back Josh Hayes are the ones to watch on the defensive side.
No. 21 Fishers: Senior Running Back Maurice Campbell picked up where he left off last season, by having a very solid rushing performance last week in their win over North Central. Junior quarterback Zach Eaton is dangerous enough through the air to keep defenses from stacking the box to stop Campbell. Senior Defensive End Joel Wilcox is a very good pass rusher who is under the radar. Perhaps the best defensive player on the field for both teams will be Sophomore defensive back R.J. Potts. The younger Potts is ranked no.2 in our INPreps Top 50 for 2017.
The Red Devils are very hard to stop on offense. Pike creates matchup problems for the Tigers secondary and Pike running back Curtis Collins is good enough to keep Fishers defense honest.