Center Grove schedule makes Castle feel like underdogs despite rankings


Center Groves Mario Swann celebrates during the Trojans Sectional Championship victory over Columbus North Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Forget the ranking. Ignore the perfect record.

Paper data don’t accurately measure the challenge for the Castle football team in tonight’s Class 5A regional final at Center Grove.

At least, that’s the opinion of Knights coach Doug Hurt.

Sure, Castle is 12-0 and ranked No. 3. Center Grove is 11-1 and rated sixth.

But as far as Hurt is concerned, there is no doubt who the favorite is heading in.

“Obviously, we’re the underdogs. It’s an exciting opportunity, and we’re eager for (tonight) to get here,” said Hurt, whose team is one of three unbeatens

still alive in the Class 5A playoffs. “We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Hurt regards defending regional champion Center Grove the most daunting challenge of what has to date been a perfect season.

Powered by a high-octane offense directed by senior quarterback Mitch Gilles, the Knights have dominated nearly every opponent and have not scored less than 26 points in any game. They average 44 per outing, give up only 15 and are averaging 52 points in the postseason.

Castle has scored 49 or more points in five of its past six games, including last week’s 50-29 sectional championship romp at Jeffersonville, and has beaten all 12 opponents by double figures.

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