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Tournament Preview

           By RICH TORRES
           VYPE High School Sports Magazine, Central Indiana
           How will it end? Which team is destined to bring home the championship
           trophy? When the 37th Annual IHSAA State Football State Finals conclude this
           weekend, our questions will answered.
           Will victory and history find coach Matt Lindsay and his Class 2A Fort Wayne Bishop Luers
           Knights, or will unbeaten Monrovia’s Cinderella season end with a perfect 15-0.   Is this the
           year for Class 3A repeat contender Evansville Memorial? How will the state finals rematches
           between Class 4A Lowell and Evansville Reitz or Class 5A Carmel and Warren Central
           punctuate the 2009 high school football season?
           History is destined to be made inside Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend.  Are you ready for
           some football?
         Class A Championship                     Class 2A girls volleyball team in 2001 and the 1914
                                                  boys basketball team.
         Lafayette Central Catholic (14-0) vs.   •  A state championship would be the seventh for coach
         Fountain Central (14-0), 3:30 p.m. (ET)  Lindsay, the third-most for a coach in state history.
         Together, Lafayette Central Catholic and Fountain Central   •  Monrovia, the West Central Conference champion,
         have made six state finals appearances, share a total of   is the first school from Morgan County to play in a
         three state titles and are two of five unbeaten teams in this   football state finals.
         weekend’s state finals. The top-ranked Lafayette Central   •  Luers’ 54-53 double overtime regional win over Lewis
         Catholic Knights are playing in their first state finals since   Cass was the fifth-most points scored by two teams in
         winning it all in 1999. The Fountain Central Mustangs are   state tournament history.
         playing in their first state finals since its 1983 state champi-  •  Monrovia knocked off top-ranked Cardinal Ritter to
         onship season.                           win its first regional and No. 2 Paoli to capture its first
                                                  semi-state crown.
         Fast Facts
           •  Lafayette Central Catholic leads the state in points   Class 3A Championship
             per game (52.4), points allowed (3.2) and margin of
             victory (49.2).                   West Lafayette (14-0) vs.                   TEXT to WIN!
           •  The winner of this game will become the fourth con-  Evansville Memorial (11-3), Noon (ET)
             secutive team to win the Class A title with a perfect   The second-ranked West Lafayette Red Devils are looking
             15-0 record and fifth team in six years to accomplish   to become the first team since Indianapolis Bishop Chatard
             the same feat.                    in 2003 to clinch the Class 3A title with a perfect 15-0   1&:50/ ."//*/(
           •  Knights’ quarterback Chris Mills ranks fifth in state   record. Playing in its first state finals since 1993 in 2A, West   "650(3"1)&% '005#"--
             history in career passing with 9,265 yards.   Lafayette captured the Hoosier Conference this season.   '3*%":  /07&.#&3   5)
           •  Fountain Central has scored 40 or more points in 10   Ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll, Evansville
             of 14 games this season.          Memorial is vying for the 3A crown for a second consecu-             Follow the directions to WIN a prize.
           •  Lafayette Central Catholic is ranked No. 1 in the   tive season.
             Associated Press poll and No. 2 in the Coaches Poll.                                                   On Friday, win an autographed Peyton
             Fountain Central is ranked third in both polls.  Fast Facts
                                                •  Evansville Memorial quarterback Grant Gribbins leads             Manning football. On Saturday, win an
         Class 2A Championship                    the state in passing yards with 3,240. He has 8,592
                                                  passing yards in his career for eighth-best in state              autographed Peyton Manning jersey.
         Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (9-5) vs.        history.
         Monrovia (14-0), 7 p.m. (ET)           •  The West Lafayette Red Devils own the state’s best   "XBSEFE BU IBMGUJNF PG   Winners will be notified via text to claim
         Both programs have rewritten history this season. Unranked   record over the last two seasons at 25-1 (.962) and    " $IBNQJPOTIJQ
         Bishop Luers is playing in a state-record 12th state final and   third-best over a three-year span at 33-3 (.917).  their prize each evening!
         is seeking its eighth championship overall and fourth this   •  Coach John Hurley has led Evansville Memorial to   1&:50/ ."//*/(
         decade. Monrovia set a school record for wins and is mak-  the state championship game in each of his first two   "650(3"1)&% "65)&/5*$ +&34&:   only standard text messaging rates apply
         ing its first state finals appearance after capturing its first   seasons. The Tigers were runner-up to Bellmont last   4"563%":  /07&.#&3   5)  *
         regional and semi-state titles. The second-ranked Bulldogs   year.                                         1SPVE 1BSUOFST
         captured their first sectional title in 20 years.  •  This is the first time two teams from Tippecanoe
                                                  County have played in the state finals in the same
         Fast Facts                               year (Lafayette Central Catholic and West Lafayette).
           •  Bishop Luers’ coach Matt Lindsay ranks among the   •  This is the first time two Evansville teams have played
             state’s winningest active coaches with a 199-95 (.677)   in the state finals in the same year (Evansville Reitz
             record.                              and Evansville Memorial).
           •  Monrovia’s other most recent state finalists were the
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