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  1. what will it take to convince you they are for real?
  2. solid improvement in Year 1 under Coach West 3 conf wins. FRANKLIN CENTRAL 2021 SEASON (4-6) Coach: Jayson West Aug. 20 at Perry Meridian W 27 21 Aug. 27 Indianapolis Roncalli L 13 34 Sep. 3 at Brownsburg L 14 28 Sep. 10 Zionsville W 24 21 Sep. 17 at Avon W 30 23 Sep. 24 Noblesville W 28 22 Oct. 1 at Fishers L 8 37 Oct. 8 at Hamilton Southeastern L 7 35 Oct. 15 Westfield L 28 42 Oct. 29 Center Grove L 7 35 sect 2020 SEASON (1-9) Coach: Nick Eversole Aug. 21 Perry Meridian W 40 14 Aug. 28 at Indianapolis Roncalli L 6 36 Sep. 4 Brownsburg L 7 35 Sep. 11 at Zionsville L 0 27 Sep. 18 Avon L 7 35 Sep. 25 at Noblesville L 13 20 Oct. 2 Fishers L 14 33 Oct. 9 Hamilton Southeastern L 7 14 Oct. 16 at Westfield L 0 35 Oct. 30 Columbus East L 14 41 sect They did lose the states top lineman, and had a strong senior class in 2021.
  3. The gap between the top team and the bottom team in The HCC is smaller than in any other conference in the state. All 8 schools would likely wind up in the Top 30 programs statewide regardless of class.
  4. Roncalli has 3 this year as well : Trevor Lauck - Iowa Brady Neu - MAC Luke Skartvedt - Northern Illinois https://247sports.com/Season/2023-Football/RecruitRankings/?InstitutionGroup=highschool&State=IN
  5. Decatur Central becomes the top public 5A program in Indy. Others chasing : Whiteland Plainfield Indy suddenly very lean in 5A without Cathedral, New Pal and Zionsville. Roncalli likely to bump up fairly soon
  6. If you go strictly by resume, experience, and championship success, Franklin Central has the top coaching staff in the conference. That is huge at the high school level. And should mean a few additional wins for the Flashes.
  7. HSE, Westfield, Brownsburg will duke it out for the conference championship. Franklin Central will surprise with several conference wins. This will be a pivotal year for the Noblesville program, and somewhat of a referendum on Dave Sharpe and his Power running offensive system. The Millers will have 3 P5 D1 linemen in front of several experienced running backs and should run roughshod over opposing defenses. If Sharpe cant win in The HCC with this team, then the system likely is not conducive to the style of play in this conference. Mark Bless at Avon will be the next of the Bless brothers to step down. Fishers was the conference team hurt most by covid, especially in the area of strength and development. They are playing catch up. Zionsville loses a ton of talent and is rebuilding.
  8. I see HSE as the next to break thru. The school will likely break 4000 in enrollment within the next 3 years. Very strong and deep coaching staff. They strike me as a bigger version of Westfield-Zionsville, which could be very dangerous when it all comes together.
  9. https://www.facebook.com/Hoosier-High-School-Football-107360041590757/
  10. Athletics are very important in this part of the state. I think the big TH schools feel cut off from their neighbors because they have outgrown them Terre Haute North and South downsized to 4A schools would fit nicely in The WIC. I think this is the direction they will eventually take
  11. Lets assume that eventually the voters approve the funding needed to fix the schools. When you make a decision, go big (one mega school) or small (multiple 3A size schools.) Im suggesting that the smaller school model would fit the community better and serve its long term academic and athletic interest more suitably.
  12. Rising Programs ***************************************** While the bluebloods of Indiana High School Football continue to dominate their respective classes, there are many others that are investing in their football operations and positioning themselves for a run at greater success. Hoosier Highschool Football recognizes the following programs who are getting it done on and off the field: Greenfield Central Former North Central Farmersburg coach Travis Nolting is in the midst of a major turnaround effort at Greenfield Central. Inheriting a winless program 4 years ago, GC is building, numbers are way up, a comprehensive strength and conditioning program has been installed, and the Cougars are primed and ready to take the next step up the Hoosier Heritage Conference ladder and push New Palestine and Mount Vernon in conference play. Delta Another Hoosier Heritage team, Delta, is also rebuilding and Chris Overholt has a deep and experienced roster returning for the 2022 season. Biggest news for the Eagles is the drop down to class 3A where Delta can be a real dark horse contender in its first year in this new classification. Muncie Central The Bearcats have been off the radar for years, but Muncie Central made the state's best off season coaching hire, bringing in Centerville head coach Kyle Padgett. Padgett and his staff are in the process of rebuilding the program from the bottom up, starting with an all-in change in culture, commitment, and effort. It won't happen overnight, but look for MC to make significant strides over the next several seasons, as long as they can hold on to their new coach. Laville The Lancers have quietly made significant improvements in the rough and tumble Hoosier North Athletic Conference. Will Hostrawser has a big, physical football team that will be in position to compete for a conference title this season and possibly make a postseason run in class 2A out of the North. South Bend St Joseph The St Joe program has been down for several years, while crosstown rival Mishawaka Marian has become a statewide power in class 3A. Former coach Ben Downey returns to the sidelines, and he will have the state's number two ranked player, Daeh McCullough, transferring in from Bloomington South to help him reestablish St Joe Indian football as a premier private school program in South Bend. Hanover Central HC is the fastest growing school in Northwest Indiana, and has one of the strongest overall athletic programs in the Region, if not the state. The Wildcats will be playing their final season in the Greater South Shore Conference before stepping up to the Northwest Crossroads in 2023. Coach Brian Parker has complete and total buy in to his football program and the Cats will be a contender in the postseason over the next several years Scottsburg After restarting the program in 2014, coach Kyle Mullins and his staff enjoyed their best season ever last year, and the Warriors look to continue to keep the momentum moving as the talent and skill level increases significantly and roster numbers improve at all levels of the program Bedford North Lawrence BNL has struggled to gain footing in the Hoosier Hills Conference and in class 5a. The Stars drop down to Class 4A this year which will give this program a needed shot in the arm and a boost in confidence as it looks ahead to the fall season. Derrick Barker is a solid young coach and he is getting more BNL athletes to come out and play football. Watch for the Stars to have some success in 4A. Owen Valley Robert Gibson turned around the Patriot program in his first season in 2021, winning 10 games for the first time since 1999 and establishing the program as a top challenger moving forward in the Western Indiana Conference. Gibson immediately implemented several program upgrades upon his arrival, and got complete and total buyin as the players embraced the new culture and leadership. Gibson will be at the top of any coaching search list in the state of Indiana given his early success North Judson Coach Brett Lambert has this program positioned for a deep run in the 1A postseason tournament, and the Blue Jays will also be in contention in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference. Lots of talent and speed up and down the roster and plenty of experienced returning help along the lines will position Judson for success in 2022 Hamilton Southeastern Westfield has risen to the top of the conference with two consecutive trips to the class 6A State finals, while Zionsville, Brownsburg, and Avon have all garnered more than their fair share of media attention over the past few seasons. Michael Kelly is building a rock solid program at HSE and the Royals will be deep, talented, and experienced, as they take a run at Westfield this year in the Hoosier Crossroads and position as a dark horse contender in 6A . West Lafayette Harrison Harrison, like HSE, has been overshadowed by its local rivals, but the time has come for the Raiders to step up and make a statement on the statewide stage. Harrison is the state's largest class 5A School in terms of enrollment, and Coach Terry Peebles has a big, bruising roster and a powerful offense that is designed to punish and wear down opposing defenses. Franklin Central The Flashes have struggled since arriving into the Hoosier Crossroads Conference 5 years ago, but that is about to change under the leadership of two-time state championship head coach Jason West. West, who won titles at Warren Central and Lawrence Central, has this program on the fast track and the Flashes will compete at a much higher level in 2022 and in short order will be contending for a conference championship. Lebanon Despite being the largest school in the Sagamore Conference, the Tigers have enjoyed little success given the outperformance of smaller rivals Danville, Tri-West, and Western Boone. Jeff Smock is a terrific young coach and has this program moving in the right direction. With significant improvements in size and speed, overall depth improvement, and a more experienced staff, look for the Tigers to start to leverage their size advantage over there smaller conference neighbors. Calumet Cody French has a solid program building at Calumet High School in Northwest Indiana, as the Warriors continue to improve their win total and look to advance in the postseason tournament. Calumet has invested heavily in equipment and facilities, as well as in its coaching staff over the past several years, and the Warriors are emerging as a top flight class 3A public school program in the far north. Crown Point The Crown Point School Administration made the state's biggest football coaching higher of the 2020 off season, bringing in Homewood Flossmoor ,Illinois head coach Craig Buzea, a Griffith graduate who led Portage to the state championship game in 1994. Buzea had a stellar 10-year run at HF, and expectations are that he will turn Crown Point into the north's top 6A threat to MIC dominance of the postseason tournament. Look for the Bulldogs to make significant strides in Buzea's second year, challenge for a Duneland championship, and have some success in the 6A postseason.
  13. Terre haute will not build a mega 6A type high school. They are already on an island and a mega school would further isolate them from their neighbors and force them into independence. Enrollment is dropping and eventually both THS and THN will be approaching 4A status, with puts them in line with the other 3a and 4A schools in the area and likely WIC membership.
  14. I expect to see Carmel as a long time independent. They will start to get the kind of national exposure that is usually reserved for just the very top football schools in the country. Dropping back into a conference now would be a step back, which is not their style.
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