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Top 25 Indiana HS football teams after Week 7 of 2018 season: Heading down the home stretch before sectionals

By: Dalton Tinklenberg, October 2, 2018, 1:20 pm

The high school football season has nearly come and gone as we begin to get a clearer picture for who the real contenders are before sectional play begins. With that in mind, here are the top 25 football teams in Indiana through seven weeks:


1 Warren Central (7-0, 6-0 Metropolitan) — The Warriors continued their streak of dominance Friday night with an emphatic beat down of Lawrence North, 72-25. The win marks the third game in a row in which Warren Central topped their opponents by 40 or more points. That will likely not be the case this week when the Warriors face off with Carmel. Up Next: Friday vs. No. 3 Carmel


2 New Palestine (7-0, 5-0 Hoosier Heritage) — Much like Warren Central, the Dragons have made quick work of the opposition through the first seven weeks as they have beaten five of their seven opponents by 60 points or more. Friday was more of the same as they dismantled Shelbyville by a score of 77-7. Junior Charlie Spegal carried the ball 15 times for 225 yards and six touchdowns. He also added another touchdown as a receiver, bringing his total to seven for the game. Up Next: Friday at New Castle


3 Carmel (6-1, 4-1 Metropolitan) — Carmel has had a strong season thus far, with its only loss coming to No. 17-ranked Center Grove. Carmel took care of Ben Davis this week, beating the juggernaut by a score of 21-7. Carmel was able to hold the Giants to just 266 yards of total offense in a shutdown performance. Up Next: Friday at No. 1 Warren Central


4 Brownsburg (7-0, 5-0 Hoosier Crossroads) — Brownsburg has made a living off simply outscoring their opponents in 2018. The Bulldogs gave up 52 points to Zionsville this week before managing to score 70 themselves. Sophomore quarterback Ben Easters threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns while junior Donny Marcus added 212 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Up Next: Friday vs. Noblesville


5 North Central (5-2, 3-2 Metropolitan) — North Central got a much-needed victory over Lawrence Central after a heartbreaking, three-overtime loss to No. 3 ranked Carmel two weeks ago. The Panthers now must avoid a trap game with Pike as a matchup with Ben Davis looms on the horizon. Up Next: Friday vs. Pike


6 Avon (6-1, 4-1 Hoosier Crossroads) — Ever since a Week 4 loss to No. 4 ranked Brownsburg the Orioles have been on a tear, reeling off three big wins. Friday saw Avon top Westfield by a score of 20-13. Sampson James, arguably the top player in the state of Indiana, carried the ball 26 times for Avon and tallied 121 yards and one touchdown. James was aided by sophomore quarterback Henry Hesson, who threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Up Next: Friday vs. Zionsville


7 Penn (6-1, 3-0 Northern Indiana-North) — The Kingsmen hosted the New Prairie Cougars Friday and smothered them with a ferocious defense. Penn held New Prairie to just one touchdown behind just 148 yards of total offense. New Prairie junior quarterback Chase Ketterer was held to QB rating of 68.8 and 56 yards on 11 attempts. Up Next: Friday at Elkhart Central


8 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (6-1, 3-0 Circle City) — Friday saw the Trojans drop their first contest of the 2018 campaign with a 49-35 loss to Winton Woods from Trenton, Ohio. After falling behind 35-7 at halftime, a strong second half just was not enough to pull out a victory for the Trojans. Up Next: Friday vs. Covington Catholic


9 Lafayette Jeff (6-1, 5-0 North Central) — Lafayette Jeff hosted Richmond Friday night for their fish fry/senior night event. By the time the final whistle blew the fish was in better shape than the Red Devils as Lafayette Jeff pounded them by a score of 44-6. Sophomore Maximus Grimes threw for 267 yards and five touchdowns in the Broncos victory. Up Next: Friday at Logansport


10 Michigan City (5-2, 4-1 Duneland) — The Michigan City Wolves traveled to Portage, Ind., Friday night before routing the host Portage Indians by a score of 49-14. The victory gives Michigan City its third in a row as the team looks to finish the regular season strong. Up Next: Friday vs. LaPorte


11  Marion (7-0, 5-0 North Central) — The Marion Giants have one of, if not the best, defenses in the entire state. That was on full display Friday as Marion traveled to Muncie Central and beat the Bearcats by a score of 35-0. The Bearcats were held to just 111 yards of total offense and committed three turnovers. Up Next: Friday vs. Indianapolis Arsenal Technical


12 Valparaiso (5-2, 5-0 Duneland) — After starting the season 0-2 the Vikings have beaten everything thrown at them. Friday night Valparaiso traveled to Merrillville and handed the Pirates a 20-6 defeat. The Vikings offense was powered by seniors Jesse Harper and Jackson Kurth, as both tallied over 110 yards, with Kurth adding three touchdowns. Up Next: Friday vs. Portage


13 Evansville Memorial (7-0, 5-0 Southern Indiana) — The Tigers have beat several very good teams this season and that continued on Friday night. Evansville Memorial spoiled the night for Evansville Central as the Bears fell by a score of 47-27. The Tigers now possess a perfect record with just two weeks to go in the regular season. Up Next: Friday at Evansville Harrison


14 Decatur Central (6-1, 4-1 Mid-State) — The Hawks hosted the previously 1-5 Greenwood Woodmen and handed them their sixth loss of the year with a 40-18 whooping. Will Gibson got Decatur Central on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown run. It was a lead that would never be challenged as the Hawks would jump out to a 20-point lead. Up Next: Friday at Perry Meridian


15 Mishawaka (6-1, 4-0 Northern Indiana-North) — Mishawaka has looked extremely impressive throughout the regular season with big wins over No. 12 ranked Valparaiso and New Prairie. Friday night they played host to South Bend St. Joseph and emerged victorious by a score of 26-24. Up Next: Friday vs. Mishawaka Marian


16 West Lafayette (7-0, 3-0 Hoosier-West) — After a narrow victory over Lafayette Jeff to begin the season no one has even come close to upending the Red Devils. Friday was more of the same as West Lafayette methodically beat down the Lewis Cass Kings, 57-7. Up Next: Friday at Twin Lakes


17 Center Grove (4-3, 4-1 Metropolitan) — The only team on our list with three losses, Center Grove should not be underestimated because of their record. Those three losses have come at the hands of No. 1 Warren Central, No. 2 New Palestine, and No. 5 North Central. Sophomore Carson Steele led the Trojans to a 51-30 win Friday as he recorded 268 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Up Next: Friday at Lawrence North


18 Columbus North (6-1, 3-0 Conference Indiana) — The Bulldogs put a hurting on Bloomington South Friday with a 52-35 victory. Powered by senior quarterback Trenton Kelley and his 358 passing yards, the Columbus North offense hummed throughout the night. Sophomore Blake Huffman added 74 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Up Next: Friday vs. Bloomington North


19 East Central (6-1, 3-0 Eastern Indiana) — The Trojans made light work of Connersville in a 69-3 shellacking on the road. East Central employed an overall team effort throughout the evening with six different players scoring touchdowns. Up Next: Friday at Greensburg


20 Pioneer (7-0, 5-0 Hoosier North) — Pioneer has done nothing but demolish every opponent they’ve played for the better part of two seasons. Nothing seems to have changed as the Panthers beat Knox Friday by a score of 36-0. The biggest knock against Pioneer is their lack of quality opponents. Up Next: Friday vs. Culver Community


21 Martinsville (6-1, 4-1 Mid-State) — The Artesians hosted the Perry Meridian Falcons Friday night in what turned out to be a lopsided 63-22 victory. Martinsville was led by a rushing game that accumulated six touchdowns and 173 yards. Junior Xavier Tunitis is also worth a mention as he threw two touchdowns on just three passing attempts. Up Next: Friday at No. 25 Mooresville


22 Eastbrook (6-1, 4-1 Central Indiana) — The Panthers traveled to Alexandria, Indiana Friday night where they dismantled the Alexandria-Monroe Tigers by a score of 54-13. The Eastbrook defense wreaked havoc all night long as it forced four interceptions and one fumble. The victory lifts the Panthers to 6-1 with just two games left in the regular season. Up Next: Friday vs. Blackford


23 Western Boone (7-0, 5-0 Sagamore) — The Stars dismounted the Southmont Mounties Friday by a score of 53-7. Senior running back Kruze Washington did the heavy lifting by rushing for 231 yards and four touchdowns on only six carries. Up Next: Friday vs. Danville


24 NorthWood (7-0, 5-0 Northern Lakes) — The NorthWood Panthers have yet to be challenged in 2018 with their closest game being a nine-point victory over Concord in Week 3. Their latest victim came Friday when NorthWood beat up on Elkhart Memorial by a score of 49-6. The Panthers will get two big tests in the next two weeks with Warsaw and Plymouth upcoming. Up Next: Friday vs. Warsaw


25 Mooresville (6-1, 4-1 Mid-State) — The Mooresville Pioneers narrowly escaped a tragedy Friday night with a 21-17 win over Whiteland. Senior running back Jon Eineman was the heavy-hitter, hauling in 11 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. Up Next: Friday vs. No. 21 Martinsville


Ten others to keep an eye on: Columbus East (5-2, 5-0 Hoosier Hills), Pendleton Heights (5-2, 3-2 Hoosier Heritage), Whiteland (5-2, 3-2 Mid-State), Triton Central (6-1, 4-1 Indiana Crossroads), Mississinewa (6-1, 5-0 Central Indiana), Shenandoah (6-1, 1-0 Mid-Eastern), Andrean (6-1, 3-0 Northwest Crossroads), Angola (7-0, 3-0 Northeast Corner-Big), Bremen (7-0, 5-0 Northern Indiana-South), Evansville Central (6-1, 4-1 Southern Indiana)