We’ve reached the half way mark through the regular season for Indiana high school football. There has been plenty of excitement through five weeks of games. A number of teams expected to perform well has lived up to the hype, as others have fallen short of expectations. Then there’s these teams that have taken high school football by surprise. We take a look at our top five surprising teams at the midpoint of the regular season.
- Bloomington South: It helps to have the an abundance of talent transfer into your program to get your program back to its winning ways. The arrival of Dasan and Daeh McCullough has restored the roar for the South Panthers. At 5-0, the Panthers have already eclipsed their win total from 2020.
- Leo: Some people may be surprised to see Leo on the list after their semi successful 2020 season. In 2020 the Lions lost their week two game and then went on a nine game win streak before falling to East Noble in the sectional championship. Leo avenged last year’s lost with a 40-32 win over East Noble this past Friday. The Lions have a good shot at running the table and reaching the 4A title game undefeated.
- Logansport: A this point of the season in 2020, the Logansport Berries were sitting a 1-4 record. Head coach Mike Johnson has yet to experience a winning season at the helm. It was 2010 when Logansport’s record was above .500. The Berries have looked good early and should be favored in a few of their remaining contests.
- Heritage Christian: Similar to Leo, Heritage Christian started hot in 2020 and advanced to the regional championship before being upended by Western Boone. Sitting at 5-0, the Eagles will have their opportunity to avenge a regular season loss to Covenant Christian in their week six matchup. If the Eagles prevail, an undefeated regular season record is certainly attainable and would be the first time in their program’s history.
- Owen Valley: This is the program’s best start since 2000, and the Patriots are looking to expand on their 5-0 mark on the season. First year head coach Rob Gibson has turned the program around quicker than anyone could expect. The Patriots’ win total for their three previous seasons is four. A win on Friday should give Owen Valley the confidence to run the regular season table.