They don’t just hand out those No. 1 rankings.
Center Grove’s football team knew this all along. Lawrence Central spent just under three hours Friday night driving home the point anyway.
The top-ranked Bears blindsided the host Trojans with 21-consecutive points in the Class 5A semistate game before settling in with a 28-15 victory.
Lawrence Central (14-0) will play No. 4 Fort Wayne Snider (14-0) the evening of Nov. 24 for the Class 5A state championship in Lucas Oil Stadium.
No. 6 Center Grove, which bowed out of tournament play one large step from downtown Indianapolis for a second-consecutive year, finished 12-2.
“This is what it’s all about. These seniors pouring it all in for 14 weeks,” Trojans coach Eric Moore said while looking around him at Trojans players being consoled by family and friends. “Fourteen weeks is a long time. I’m tired. The kids are tired.”
Everyone involved gladly would have settled for a 15th week of fatigue. Instead, the honor goes to Bears coach Jayson West, a former Center Grove assistant who remains close friends with Moore.
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