6 teams take home IHSAA state football titles

Warren Central edges Carmel to claim 6A title
 
Warren Central's Mykelti Williams picked off Isaac James with 3:12 remaining, allowing the Warriors to edge Carmel 7-6 in the Indiana Class 6A state championship game Saturday.
 
Warren Central (11-3) quarterback Jeff George connected with Zachary Gegner on an 18-yard pass for the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left in the third quarter.
 
Kicker Adam Kremer had all of Carmel's points with a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 38-yard field goal in the third to give the Greyhounds (10-4) a 6-0 lead.
 
Warriors' first-year coach Jayson West became the first coach to win back-to-back state titles with two separate schools. Last season, West coached the Class 5A state champion Lawrence Central Bears.
 
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Indianapolis Cathedral tops Westfield for 5A title
 
Ohio State-bound Terry McLaurin scored three touchdowns, totaled 196 all-purpose yards and turned in a stalwart effort on defense in helping Indianapolis Cathedral to its first Class 5A state football championship, a 42-18 victory Friday over Westfield.
 
McLaurin, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, caught six passes for 91 yards, rushed three times for 79 yards and had 26 return yards.
 
Fifth-ranked Cathedral was the three-time defending Class 4A champion. But the Indiana High School Athletic Association's new postseason success rule moved the Irish up to the next class.
 
Cathedral, 10-5 as an independent, plays a season that is a mixture of upper-class state teams as well as Cincinnati powerhouses Moeller and St. Xavier and Louisville (Ky) Trinity.
 
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Columbus East wins Class 4A title
 
Top-ranked Columbus East scored on a 73-yard touchdown drive with 3:42 to play and made the extra point for a 28-27 win over Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger in the IHSAA Class 4A State Finals on Saturday.
 
The Olympians had been stymied for most of the second half after building a three-touchdown lead.
 
On the previous possession, Bishop Dwenger took a 27-21 lead with 9:10 remaining. The Saints faked the kick, but Columbus East (15-0) stopped a mishandled two-point conversion running attempt.
 
Junior Markell Williams rushed 32 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns for Columbus East, which won its second championship.
 
Quarterback Mike Fiacable completed 20 of 27 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns for Dwenger (11-4).
 
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Andrean edges Brebeuf Jesuit for Class 3A title
 
Donovan Chandler returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:11 left and Andrean held on as the Fighting 59ers edged Brebeuf Jesuit 35-27 in the Indiana Class 3A state high school football championship game Friday.
 
Matt Desomer threw for 137 yards and a touchdown for Andrean (15-0). Trevor Berg ran for 165 yards and two scores.
 
Aaron Banks threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns for the Braves (11-4), while Chandler Grau caught eight passes for 168 yards.
 
Brebeuf Jesuit had scored with 3:03 left in the third on a 34-yard pass, but the Braves missed the extra point and trailed 28-27.
 
After Chandler's interception return in the closing minute or so, the Braves came up short with an incomplete pass into the end zone as time expired.
 
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Cardinal Ritter tops Tipton, claims Class 2A title
 
By JIM JOHNSON, Associated Press
 
Jake Purichia ran for two touchdowns, passed for two more and returned a blocked punt to lead Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter to a 56-6 win over Tipton in the Class 2A state football final.
 
Kyree Hollis had 97 yards and two touchdowns receiving Saturday for the Raiders (13-2), who were last year's runner-up.
 
Austin Hooker was 4 of 16 passing with four interceptions for Tipton (11-4), which never scored after halftime.
 
Purichia, who finished with 273 yards on 21 of 31 passing, scored twice rushing and threw a 47-yard TD pass to Hollis to give the Raiders a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter. Purichia scored on a blocked punt recovery and threw a 19-yard score to Hollis to give Ritter a 42-6 advantage by halftime.
 
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Tri-Central defeats E. Hancock in Class 1A final
 
By CLIFF BRUNT, Associated Press
 
Cody Howell threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help Tri-Central defeat Eastern Hancock 20-10, giving the Trojans their first Class A state football final.
 
Howell threw two early interceptions, but he made several critical plays to make up for them during Friday's game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Howell finished with 167 yards passing for Tri-Central (14-1), which won in its first finals appearance. Garrett Kelley added 78 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.
 
Spencer Gilbert carried 28 times for 145 yards and a touchdown for Eastern (14-1).
 
Eastern defeated Tri-Central 47-35 in the season opener for both teams on Aug. 23. Eastern averaged 56 points per game this season and had not scored fewer than 29 points in a game all season.
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