Indiana's Class 2A Top 5 for the '09 Season

Two 2008 state champions could face off in the first round of the 2009 Class 2A Sectional 29 playoffs. In a state where every team makes the playoffs, there are several who believe that Indiana's "all in" playoffs would be more exciting if the sectionals were seeded. In this year of IHSAA class restructure, two previous state champions could meet in the first round.

Heritage Christian won the class 2A 2008 state football championship by beating Lewis Cass 17 to 14. Because of growing enrollment, Indianapolis Ritter has moved from 1A to 2A, and landed in the same sectional as Heritage Christian. In what some think is déjà vu, both these teams played one another in week 9, with Ritter coming out on top, 28 to 21.

Quarterback Jackson Kirtley returns for his senior season in which he led the state in passing, throwing for 3618 yards in 2008. Interesting enough, Ritter returns their all-state quarterback, Ross Hendrikson, who threw for 3,196 yards. Both quarterbacks lost some great receivers to graduation, but that will not stop them from icing their arms after each game.

Southridge, Ft. Wayne Luers and Cass are in the top five as well. Though Southridge lost some of its big guns, it has built a system under Kelly Murphy that just keeps firing in the wing-t offense. What many people know about Southridge is the return of an experienced offensive line, aces in any rebuilding year.

Ft. Wayne Luers comes in ranked 4th and is an annual favorites to play under the roof, but missed out when Jimtown eliminated them in 2008. Both Jimtown and Ft. Wayne Harding are gone from 2A and Luers, in many people's minds, has a fast track down to the state finals in Class 2A in 2009. Ken Mullen returns and has been featured on Scout this past spring and plays on both sides of the ball for Luers.

Cass was state runner-up in class 2A and expects to be strong again in 2009. Damon Foreman returns for his senior year campaign at quarterback. Cass also returns 4 more starters on offense and 4 on defense. Coach Scott Mannering has built a strong program at Cass and has the Kings looking to take one more step and that is to claim a 2A state championship. Jake Rouch leads them on the defensive side of the ball. Rouch is 6' 7" and tips the scales at 315 lbs. He doubles as the long snapper.

Indiana's Class 2A Top 5

  • 1. Heritage Christian
  • 2. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter
  • 3. Southridge
  • 4. Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers
  • 5. Lewis Cass
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