Indiana Preps Player of the Year Awards
(voted by Indiana Preps Team, Coaches, Area Scouts)
Special Teams P/K of the Year
Williams converted 8 out of 9 of his field goal attempts, with a long of 37 according to MaxPreps. Missing only one extra-point in 2018, Williams was near automatic, making 60 out of 61 attempt. A key contributor to the 9-3 Gibson Southern team.
Defensive Player of the Year
A state championship was only fitting to cap the career of West Lafayette’s George Karlaftis. The Purdue recruit was as dominant as any defender in recent history. The 6-4 260-pound defensive lineman’s stats mirrored those of a NFL Pro Bowl type season from J.J. Watt. He racked up over a 100-tackles and 17.5 sacks, to lead West Lafayette to an undefeated Class 3A state championship.
Offensive Player of the Year
Romeir Elliott had a spectacular season, rushing for 3,045 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading Warren Central to an undefeated Class 6A state championship. Elliott rose to the occasion in the biggest games and was the clear difference maker in the title game rushing for over 200-yards against one of the top defenses in the state. Elliott went onto set MIC records and amassed 4,473 yards rushing, and 59 rushing touchdowns in his career (MaxPreps). Southern Illinois beat out several FBS schools to land the talented running back.
Indiana Preps Player of the Year
There may not be a more talented athlete in the last decade than Warren Central’s David Bell. As a four-year starter for the Warriors, Bell has earned every accolade imaginable and has set several records. In 2018, Bell was pivotal in all three phases of the game. Fresh off of a basketball state championship, Bell led the Warriors to a Class 6A state championship in the Fall. Despite facing double-coverage and battling nagging injuries, Bell managed to put up amazing stats. His 1,542 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns was impressive. Bell will make his college decision at the Army All American game in January.
Indiana Preps Position Awards
Quarterback – Jack Kiser, Pioneer
Offensive Lineman – Joe Tippmann, FW Dwenger
Running Back – Dawson Basinger, North Central (Farmersburg)
Wide Receiver – Jon Eineman, Mooresville
Tight End – Haven Montefalco, Cathedral
Defensive Lineman – Beau Robbins, Carmel
Linebacker – Austin Frasier, Evansville Central
Defensive Back – Aaron Steele, Triton Central
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