On Friday, the 13-1 Adams Central Flying Jets will look to bring home their first state championship since 2000 as they take on unbeaten 14-0 Indianapolis Lutheran at Lucas Oil Stadium. Prior to this season, the Jets had struggle to get past Semistate despite having perennial powerhouse teams in the 1A division.
Since winning that 2000 state title, the Jets had won a postseason championship in 10 of their last 19 years, including 5 trips to Semistate. Just a year ago, the Jets lost in the sectional championship game to Southwood 28-14. Now, they’re 1 win away from bringing home the big one following their 42-7 Semistate win at North Judson.
Their opponent, the Indianapolis Lutheran Saints, are only in their 17th season of operation as a football program and are in their 2nd state finals appearance in 3 seasons. In their last state championship game, they lost 29-28 to Lafayette Central Catholic in the 2019 1A state finals. Last year saw the Saints falling 46-36 to eventual state champion Covenant Christian. This season, they took down this same Covenant Christian 34-27 in the sectional championship game and dominated the regional and Semistate games by a combined 108-19 route.
These are two of the most dynamic all around teams you’ll see in 1A. Adams Central averages 47.4 points and gave up just 4.7 a game. The Jets haven’t allowed more than 21 points in a game all season, and that came in a 21-19 loss to 13-1 Eastside who took out Bishop Luers and battled with Andrean in semistate just last week.
But these Saints are no slouch, averaging 42.6 points and allowing 12.4. They haven’t scored less than 25 points in a game all season, and that came against Park Tudor in sectionals. These are two dynamic teams that whoever wins is worthy of being crowned sectional champions. Indianapolis Lutheran hopes this time will bring them their first ever state championship.
Kickoff is set for 12pm ET. This game can be watched on Bally Sports Indiana and can be streamed live on IHSAATV.
Players to watch
Blake Heyerly 1,428 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. 2 sacks and 3 INT’s
Alex Currie 921 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns and 7 INT’s
Ryan Black 871 passing yards and 11 touchdowns and 73 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns
Braysen Yergler 343 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns
Montasi Clay 2,385 passing yards and 29 touchdowns and 1,856 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns
Joe Davis 1,197 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns
Micah MacKay 836 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns
Jake Pasch 643 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. 1 sack and 2 INT’s
Jaekwon Akins 7 sacks and 1 INT