See which teams will be playing at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thanksgiving Weekend.
Below are highlights, scores and stats from action across the state.
Westfield 41, Merrillville 23
Center Grove 48, Ben Davis 13
For the fourth time in six years, Center Grove will play for a football state championship.
Daniel Weems and Carson Steele each scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards, and the top-ranked Trojans broke away from a halftime tie to beat Ben Davis 48-13 in a Class 6A semistate Friday night.
Center Grove (13-0) will meet the winner of Friday’s late semistate between No. 2 Westfield (11-1) and No. 7 Merrillville (10-1) on Thanksgiving weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Center Grove previously won semistates in 2000, 2008, 2015, 2016 and 2019, and state championships in 2008 and 2015. The Trojans lost to Carmel 20-17 in last year’s title game.
Center Grove has outscored four opponents 183-27 in the postseason. The Trojans are ranked 13th nationally by USA Today.
Ben Davis finished 7-6, winning five in a row after a 2-5 start that included a 35-12 loss to Center Grove.
Ben Davis quarterback J’Uan Swanson kept Center Grove off balance in the first half, completing 10-of-15 passes for 192 yards. The junior had touchdown passes of 8 yards to Dillon Moore and 67 yards to Donnell Mason on a fourth-and-2 play.
So it was 13-13 at the half.
But the Trojans scored on five successive possessions to begin the second half on drives of 58, 30, 29, 36 and 53 yards. Touted defensive tackle Caden Curry got in on the act for the second week in a row, scoring on a 1-yard dive for the fourth TD of a 35-point half.
Center Grove limited Ben Davis to eight total yards in the second half.
Steele’s three TDs gave him 31 for the season and 83 in his career. — David Woods
Center Grove 6 7 21 14 — 48
Ben Davis 6 7 0 0 — 13
CG – Daniel Weems 46 run (kick blocked)
BD – Dillon Moore 8 pass from J’Uan Swanson (kick failed)
CG – Weems 2 pass from Tayven Jackson (Austin Watson kick)
BD – Donnell Mason 67 pass from Swanson (Angel Torres kick)
CG – Weems 10 run (Watson kick)
CG – Carson Steele 4 run (Watson kick)
CG – Steele 1 run (Watson kick)
CG – Caden Curry 1 run (Watson kick)
CG – Steele 1 run (Watson kick)
Zionsville 27, Valparaiso 9
Struggling to find its rhythm on offense at the end of the first half, Zionsville exploded in the third quarter to notch the school’s first berth in a football state championship game since 1998.
The Eagles scored points on their first three possessions of the second half – which included a pair of touchdown runs from quarterback Josh Stone and a field goal – en route to a 27-9 win against Valparaiso in a Class 5A semistate game.
The 11-ranked Eagles (7-5) will face Cathedral in the state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium next week. Zionsville is making its third trip to the state finals in school history and is looking for its first state championship since 1996.
“It’s the first time in more than 20 years this team is going to the state finals, so it’s a great feeling,” junior running back Colin Price said. “We 100% knew we could do this. We have some talented players, and the sky is the limit.”
Third-ranked Valparaiso finishes 8-1.
The Eagles pounded the ball at the Vikings. Zionsville finished with 228 rushing yards, led by Price’s 150 yards on 27 carries. Stone added 74 yards on 21 carries and three rushing touchdowns.
Trailing 9-7 at halftime, the Eagles scored touchdown on their first two possessions of the second half in a 1:26 span to take a 21-9 lead. The first TD score was a 12-play, 95-yard drive that Stone finished with a 1-yard scoring run.
Junior linebacker Owen Rossell recorded an interception on the Vikings’ ensuing possession. It gave Zionsville great field position and set up Stone’s 18-yard TD run with 5:04 to play in the third quarter.
The Eagles started the game strong. They scored on their first drive of the game to take the early lead. Starting on the Vikings’ 47, Zionsville strung together a nine-play drive that culminated with a 1-yard TD run from to help make it 7-0. Price carried the ball seven times on the drive for 37 yards.
After punting on its first two possessions, Valparaiso answered early in the second quarter with an eight-play, 77-yard drive that ended on a 26-yard scamper from junior quarterback Logan Lockhart with 9:42 to play in the half. The Vikings trailed by a point after missing on the extra point attempt.
The Vikings grabbed the lead in the final minute of the first half on a 42-yard field goal form kicker Liam Shepherd to give Valparaiso a 9-7 advantage at halftime. — Tom Moor
Valparaiso 0 9 0 0 — 9
Zionsville 7 0 17 3 — 27
Z – Josh Stone 1 run (AJ Vinatieri kick)
V – Logan Lockhart 26 run (kick failed)
V – Liam Shepherd 42 field goal
Z – Stone 1 run (Vinatieri kick)
Z – Stone 18 run (Vinatieri kick)
Z – Vinatieri 38 field goal
Z – Vinatieri 42 field goal
Rushing — V: Hayden Vinyard 20-90, Logan Lockhart 8-56, Thomas Busbee 10-23, Anthony Schafer 1-8. Z: Colin Price 27-150, Josh Stone 21-74, Jacob Horten 1-4.
Passing — V: Lockhard 8-24-1-118. Z: Stone 6-10-0-103.
Receiving — V: Cooper Jones 4-59, Vinyard 1-27, Schafer 1-16, Blake Worthington 2-16. Z: Luke Baumgartner 2-40, Trey Fireston 1-33, Myles Cox 1-15, Gunnar Hartwig 1-12, George Horst 1-3.
Cathedral 32, Castle 7
Cathedral. 14. 15. 3. 0. — 32
Castle. 0. 0 0. 7. — 7
Cath — Parker Spellacy 15 pass from Nathan McCahill (kick failed)
Cath — Jake Langdon 3 run (Jaron Tibbs pass from McCahill)
Cath — McCahill 83 run (kick blocked)
Cath — Ben Gomez 35 FG
Cath — Camden Jordan 25 pass from McCahill (kick failed)
Cath — Gomez 37 FG
Cast — Evan Pritchard 37 pass from Cameron Tilly (Jackson Mitchel kick)
Rushing — Cathedral: McCahill 5-132, Langdon 14-91, Seth Mencer 4-22, Tazz Garrett 2-0, Team 1-(minus-2). Castle: Peyton Guerzini 18-66, Tilly 13023, Mitchel 1-11, Kenny Butler 1-7, Reece Yunker 2-4.
Passing — Cathedral: Nathan McCahill 15-23-0, 182. Castle: Tilly 13-26-1, 104.
Receiving — Cathedral: Tibbs 4-43, Michael Page 2-41, Jordan 3-33, Langdon 3-23, Brennan Wooten 1-20, Spellacy 1-15, David Perry 1-7. Castle: Pritchard 5-54, Weston Aigner 3-21, Guerzini 3-16, Zac Inzerello 2-13.
Hobart, 49, Marion 20
Roncalli 42, Mooresville 14
Roncalli is headed back to the state football finals in style.
After defeating Class 4A top-ranked Mt. Vernon by three touchdowns last week, No. 4 Roncalli drubbed third-ranked and visiting Mooresville 42-14 in the 4A semistate on Friday.
Baron Huebler rushed for 301 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries to lead Roncalli (12-1), which will play Hobart on either Friday or Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It is the first state finals appearance for Roncalli since winning the title in Bruce Scifres’ final season as coach.
“We knew coming into the season how excited our senior group was, let alone how good the juniors and sophomores are,” Huebler said. “I knew we were getting a new coach and we were excited about his history. I was just excited to be part of it.”
John Rodenberg, who won two state titles at Cincinnati Moeller and one at Covington Catholic (Ky.), is in his first season at Roncalli after two at Lawrence Central.
Roncalli jumped out to a 28-0 first-half lead and appeared it might be on its way to a 35-point running clock situation in the second half. Huebler scored on runs of 5, 8 and 11 yards in the first quarter and an 18-yarder in the second.
But Mooresville battled back, cutting the halftime deficit to 28-14 on a pair of 1-yard runs by quarterback Nick Patterson. The Pioneers (12-2) had the ball to start the second half, but were unable to get closer.
Roncalli quarterback Aidan Leffler scored on a 2-yard run with 11:06 left to make it 35-14. Huebler, after a 72-yard run, scored on a 10-yard run for his fifth touchdown to put it away, 42-14, with 3:24 left.
Mooresville was attempting to reach the state finals for the first time. — Kyle Neddenriep
Mooresville. 0 14 0 0. — 14
Roncalli 21 7 0 14 — 42
Roncalli – Baron Huebler 5 run (Luke Russell kick)
Roncalli – Huebler 8 run (Russell kick)
Roncalli – Huebler 11 run (Russell kick)
Roncalli – Huebler 18 run (Russell kick)
Mooresville – Nick Patterson 1 run (Brock Bodell kick)
Mooresville – Patterson 1 run (Bodell kick)
Roncalli – Leffler 2 run (Russell kick)
Roncalli – Huebler 10 run (Russell kick)
Rushing – Mooresville, Breken Greene 17-70, Patterson 11-25, Gideon Brimmage 2-18, Treven Babb 1-3, Caden Robinson 1-2. Roncalli, Huebler 33-301, Leffler 15-71, Michael Gallagher 1-3, Kyle Lockard 1-2.
Passing — Mooresville, Patterson 18-38-2 217, Hogan Denny 0-1-0 0. Roncalli, Leffler 7-11-0 45.
Receiving — Mooresville, Dane Stevenson 5-99, Greene 2-40, Logan Jackson 3-37, John Clampitt 4-22, Brimmage 4-20. Roncalli, Caden Gore 1-13, Ryan Papandria 2-11, Kyle Lockard 2-18, Michael Gallagher 1-5, Huebler 1-2.
Bishop Chatard 18, Mishawaka Marian 13
The second interception by Matthew Semler with 46 seconds inside the Chatard 30-yard-line saved the game for the No. 1 Trojans (12-1), who knocked off the second-ranked Knights (11-1) in a crisp fall night in Mishawaka.
Quarterback Carter St. John provided the offensive heroics, rushing for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Chatard knock Mishawaka Marian out of the tournament for the second straight season in semistate play. St. John’s first score came on a 71-yard run in the first period, and his second kept the Trojans in the lead at the half.
“We knew in their front, they were going to be crashing our run game and he was going to get a good look in the quarterback (option) game,” Chatard coach Rob Doyle said. “A lot of teams try to scheme that out, try to stop (St. John) from running, but if you’re not real careful, he’ll eat you up. He’s a basketball player, he’s pretty quick, so he knows how to maneuver on that pretty well.”
These two teams met in last season’s semistate, a game which Chatard won 45-0. This matchup was decidedly closer.
“I did expect a battle for sure, but I also think we left a lot on the table in the first half,” Doyle said. “We should’ve been up (bigger). We made this tighter than we should’ve in the first half, and I knew the second half, that’s a good team, they’d come out and battle, and they did. They played hard.”
Bishop Chatard 6 6 0 6 — 18
Mishawaka Marian 0 7 0 6 — 13
BC — Carter St. John 71 run (bad snap, no kick)
BC — St. John 5 run (kick blocked)
MM — Greg Atkinson 15 pass from Maddix Bogunia-Bright (Alec Markley kick)
BC — Tommy Hannon 3 run (kick blocked)
MM — Bogunia-Bright 5 run (run failed)
Rushing — Bishop Chatard: St. John 18-178, Hannon 28-94, Matthew Coons 6-25. Mishawaka Marian: Malcolm Anderson 10-49, Bogunia-Bright 19-32, Davion Taylor 3-7, Greg Atkinson 1-6, Michael Murphy 1-(minus-2).
Passing — Bishop Chatard: St. John 8-15-0, 96. Mishawaka Marian: Bogunia-Bright 9-18-3, 150.
Receiving — Bishop Chatard: Thomas Coleman 5-58, Noah Carter 3-33, Ryan McGinnis 1-11, Brady Kinnett 1-(minus-6). Mishawaka Marian: Jayson Johnson 2-83, Atkinson 4-35, Davion Taylor 2-35, Kyrell Franklin 1-(minus-3).
Danville 30, Southridge 7
Fort Wayne Luers 42, Pioneer 34
Western Boone 42, Evansville Mater Dei 7
South Adams 42, Lafayette Central Catholic 9
Covenant Christian 55, West Washington 8
For a lot of schools, the first drive deep into the heart of a state football tournament is filled with trepidation and nervousness.
Not Austin Frazier and the Covenant Christian Warriors (14-0), who lived up to their Class A No. 5 billing with a convincing romp over No. 4 West Washington (11-1). Frazier completed five of his first six passes for 166 yards and four — count ’em, four! — touchdowns, earning their first semistate crown to go with last week’s first regional championship. Next up? Top-ranked South Adams (13-0).
Frazier got things rolling with a 57-yard TD pass to Trey Flatt on the second CC play of the game; the two hooked up again once more to close out the first-half scoring and make it 35-0 heading into the locker room. The shellshocked Senators found themselves on the wrong side of the running-clock rule, a sad end for a team that began the night averaging 46 points per game, with three games of 50-plus points and eight of 40 or more. But a defense that posted four shutouts was burned for a 29-point second quarter and was never in contention after the early salvo.
Covenant Christian 6 29 13 7 — 55
West Washington 0 0 0 8 — 8
CC — Trey Flatt 57 pass from Austin Frazier (pass failed)
CC — B.J. Lomax 35 pass from Frazier (Jackson Brough kick)
CC — Micah Wilson 1 run (kick blocked)
CC — Adrian Terry 41 pass from Frazier (Brough pass from Frazier)
CC — Tr. Flatt 27 pass from Frazier (Frazier pass from Lomax)
CC — Wilson 22 run (kick failed)
CC — Tony Flatt 1 run (Brough kick)
WW — Jacob Strange 32 pass from Holden Bowsman (Bobby Stevens run)
CC — Gage Coffey 48 run (Brough kick)
Rushing — Covenant Christian: Wilson 12-168, Gage Coffey 4-60, Brad Nardi 1-19, Frazier 3-3, To. Flatt 1-1. West Washington: Stevens 17-104, Bowsman 13-39, Ethan Roberts 6-13.
Passing — Covenant Christian: Frazier 5-6-0, 166; To. Flatt 1-1-0, 15. West Washington: Bowsman 3-7-2, 84.
Receiving — Covenant Christian: Tr. Flatt 2-84, Terry 1-41, Lomax 1-35, Luke Munoz 1-15, Brough 1-6. West Washington: Strange 2-57, Stevens 1-27.
IHSAA state finals schedule
Friday, Nov. 27
Class 2A: Fort Wayne Luers (8-6) vs. Western Boone (10-4), 11 a.m.
Class 4A; Hobart (11-2) vs. Roncalli (12-1), 3 p.m.
Class 6A: Westfield (12-1) vs. Center Grove (13-0), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28
Class A: South Adams (13-0) vs. Covenant Christian (14-0), 11 a.m.
Class 3A: Bishop Chatard (12-1) vs. Danville (11-0), 3 p.m.
Class 5A: Zionsville (7-5) vs. Indianapolis Cathedral (12-1), 7 p.m.