Since moving to six classes in 2013, there’s only been four teams to hold the winner’s trophy. Ben Davis, Carmel, Center Grove and Warren Central are among the elite group of Class 6A champions. Only Center Grove is yet to win two Class 6A titles. This may be their year! The Trojans are loaded across the board. Look at their offense, defense, and special teams, you will not find a weakness. The Trojans return depth, experience and some of the best football players in the country. Senior running back Carson Steele is healthy and ready to make his push for postseason Player of the Year. The Indiana Preps Preseason Big School All State Top 22 performer missed most of last season, only to come on strong during the Trojan’s run to state. Veteran play at quarterback in Tayven Jackson will be key for the “Wing-T” offense. Joining Steele in the backfield is Indiana Preps Preseason Underclassmen All State Top 22 running back Daniel Weems. A stingy defense never surrendered more than four scores in a game brings back seven starters. The Trojans arguably have two of the most dominant defensive linemen in the Midwest. The fearsome tandem of Minnesota recruit Austin Booker and power-five prospect Caden Curry will continue to wreck havoc on opposing offenses. Miami Ohio recruit Jackson Schott shores up the Trojan defense.
The Carmel Greyhounds earned their ninth state championship in 2019. Head Coach John Hebert has led his team to three title appearance in his first five years at the helm. A Thanksgiving day weekend final game is now the expectation. The Greyhounds never lack depth, but with only 8-9 starters returning, finding replacements has been the task in a shorten offseason. The offense can lean on Indiana Preps Preseason Big School All State Top 22 lineman Justin Pickett. Another bright spot returning for the Greyhounds is Indiana Preps Preseason Big School All State Top 22 linebacker Dominic Padjen. The tackling machine totaled 125 tackles last season.
Many around the state expected a deep run by Brownsburg last season. The Bulldogs knocked off their rival Avon in the first round of the sectional. The whispers grew louder after the 27-24 victory over then undefeated and number one ranked Orioles. However, a let down the following week to Zionsville capped what some considered a disappointing season. With 17 starters returning, the optimism again high on Brownsburg. Kansas recruit Ben Easters is back under center for the Bulldogs. Indiana Preps Preseason Big School All State Top 22 wide receiver Preston Terrell and his 10 touchdown grabs also return. Opposing defensive coordinators will pick their poison with Senior wideout Luke Lacey on the opposite side of Terrell. The offensive line is arguably the best in the state. Anchored by Northern Illinois recruit Pete Nygra and Indiana recruit Joshua Sales, the Bulldogs will light up the scoreboard.
Good news for Westfield is that Carmel, Ben Davis, Center Grove, Avon and Brownsburg all have to play each other in the tournament. Carmel moving to the South of the tournament opened the doors for a Westfield team to represent the North in November. Ben Davis and Avon have enough to sneak a win and upset some of the favorites come tournament time. Notre Dame recruit Blake Fisher headlines this program. The best thing for any program is a senior returning starter at quarterback. The Orioles have a good one in Henry Hesson.
The Ben Davis Giants surprised many when they made it to the semi final game, only to lose by 7 points. That may be all the momentum this team needs. Senior defensive back slash wideout Daylan Carnell is a prized recruit for the Missouri Tigers and his playmaking ability is key to the Giants success. We would be remiss to not mention Warren Central when talking about the top football programs in the state. The Warriors have their concerns but with the leadership and tradition of Warren Central, they will be just fine.
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6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Westfield vs Center Grove
Winner: Center Grove