Football caps Nov. 12


Semistate championship

No. 6 Avon at No. 1 Center Grove, 7 p.m.

Center Grove Trojans (12-0)

Head coach: Eric Moore, 17th season at Center Grove (159-54), 21st overall (207-59)

Last week: Won 24-13 at Warren Central

Conference: Metropolitan Interscholastic

Players to watch: Cameron Tidd, Sr., DL; Jovan Swann, Sr., DL; Devin Wilson, Sr., DL; Zach Wells, Jr., DL; Dan Root, Jr., DL; Connor Steeb, Sr., DB; Will Smithey, Sr., DB; Bailey Bennett, Jr., LB; Jackson Sodrel, Sr., LB; Nick Davis, Jr., OL; Clay Hadley, Jr., OL; Chris Barnett, Sr., OL; John Richardson, Sr., OL; Joey Siderewicz, Sr., QB; Zak Smith, Sr., WR; Quinten Stirsman, Sr., WR; Cory Heinrichs, So., TE; Titus McCoy, Jr., RB; Trevor Hohlt, Jr., RB; Jackson Hohlt, Sr., RB; Nathanael Snyder, Sr., K; Drew Conrad, Sr., P.

Avon Orioles (10-2)

Head coach: Mark Bless, sixth season at Avon (50-20), 26th overall (199-87)

Last week: Won 37-34 in two overtimes against visiting Cathedral

Conference: Hoosier Crossroads

Outlook: Trojans are in the semistate for the fifth straight year and for the seventh time in the past eight years. They are bidding for their first semistate title since 2008, the same year they went on to win the state championship.

Avon is making its sixth semistate appearance and is bidding for its first-ever title. Coming off a thrilling regional win against Cathedral, Avon enters on a nine-game winning streak.


Regional championship

Delta at No. 10 Roncalli, 7:30 p.m.

Roncalli Rebels (8-4)

Head coach: Bruce Scifres, 26th season, 232-87

Last week: Won 35-19 at Greenwood

Conference: Independent

Players to watch: Nate Fries, Sr., RB; Robbie Strader, Sr., QB; Louie Hibner, Sr., OL; Garrett Shura, Sr., OL; Tyler Reed, Sr., DL; Tyler Lucas, Sr., DL; Jake Franklin, Sr., LB; Nate Eble, Sr., LB; Gabe Otley, Sr., LB; Caleb Bowling, Sr., DB; Justin Saylor, Sr., DB.

Delta Eagles (9-3)

Head coach: Grant Zgunda, 18th season at Delta (167-48), 23rd overall (204-60)

Last week: Won 46-32 against visiting Pendleton

Conference: Hoosier Heritage

Outlook: Coming off its 18th sectional championship in team history, Roncalli now looks to pick up what would be its 13th regional title — the most recent being in 2005.

The Rebels enter Friday’s contest riding a six-game winning streak.

Delta, which is coming off its eighth sectional championship, is bidding for what would be its fourth regional crown and first since 2001. The Eagles are on a three-game winning streak.