HA_FB_WCHSv. CHS 5A #1 Carmel Falls for First Time This Season INDIANAPOLIS—Carmel fans were thirsting to avenge the bitter loss at the 2009 5A Indiana State Football Championship game against Warren Central Friday night when they entered LucasOil Stadium. Despite racking up 84 penalty yards, Warren Central denied Carmel their vengeance. “This was just another goal we had to make,” said Warren Central senior lineman Kris Harley. “Our next goal is the state championship and we just have to keep working towards it.” Warren Central (6-1, 5-0 Metropolitan Interscholastic) amassed390 yards total yards of offense to hand Carmel (6-1, 4-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic) its first loss of the season. Carmel had 324 yards of offense, but twice had to settle for field goals inside the redzone. The first seven minutes saw Warren Central jump out to a quick 13-7 lead. The Warriors started by marching 80 yards in 16 plays. Junior running back Deionte Buckley drove in from two yards to take an early 6-0 lead after the failed PAT. On Carmel’s first play from offense, senior running back Devin Brinson broke free and ran 69-yards to take a one-point lead after the PAT, 7-6. Warren Central’s senior running back Anthony Davis capped a 77-yard drive by carrying the ball into the end zone from seven yards. Carmel junior running back Jalen Duncan scampered 45 yards to retake the lead again, 14-13. The game started to turn in Warren Central’s favor when junior defensive back Jordan Shine blocked a Carmel punt and senior linebacker Nick Temple recovered the punt in the end zone. “The punt block is something we worked on all week,” said Warren Central head coach John Hart. “It okay for us coachesto draw up plays, but the kids have to execute them and that’s what we got done.” Shine struck again when he intercepted a passfrom Carmel senior quarterback Scott Stilson. Warren Central capitalized on the good field position by kicking a 36-yard field goal, giving the Warriors a 23-14 lead with 11 seconds in the first half. Carmel entered the redzone twice in the third quarter, but was forced to settle for two
field goals, narrowing the gap, 23-20. With a possible comeback in the works, Warren Central needed to step up. The offense moved the ball 77 yards on their next possession, ending with a 22-yard touchdown run by Buckley. Warren Central’s defense also stepped up by forcing a three-and-out. Senior receiver Shaquille Tensley caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. Carmel scored the final points of the game on a 2-yard passfrom Stilson to Duncan with over one minute remaining. Despite the victory, Hart still feels there is room for his team to improve in the weeks ahead. “It was one of those things where you won and you’re happy you won, but we made way too many errors,” Hart said. “We’re going to work on being a great football team and not just going week to week.”
Published on Feb 10, 2011
This is an article I wrote about the Warren Central/Carmel game at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2010. The game was a rematch of the 2010 5A State C...