Indiana Conf. Champs Feature Scout Players

The Indiana high school regular football season is over and all the attention is now turned to the playoffs. The fact every team in Indiana makes the playoffs (unique to Indiana) creates an optimum focus on conference races and winning conference championships. Natural rivalries have flourished because losing doesn't knock a team out of the tournament. The season focuses on conference races.

Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference

Rated as one of the top football conferences in the nation, the MIC was won outright by Carmel High School (coached by former IU assistant football coach Mo Morarity). This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Carmel and they finished the season with an 8-1 record and sported a 7-0 MIC conference record by running the table. Listed in the class of 2011, Devin Brinson (6-0 190 lbs) broke onto the scene as a running back, carrying the ball for the Greyhounds. Linebacker Brian East, a senior, has his eyes on a D1 opportunity. At 6-3, 195 lbs, he has the speed and power that has turned some attention his way during the season. Another future D1 recruit with a stellar season at outside linebacker was 6-5, 219 lb Shawn Heffern, who is only a sophomore, but has started since he was a freshman. He will be one of the top juniors next football season and over the course of the next year will gather some attention.

Conference Indiana

Pike High School won the Conference Indiana title outright with a 7-0 record. Head coach Derek Moyers knew he had some excellent talent and put together a championship run that included two overtime wins in the conference. Led by 4 star receiver Dyjaun Lewis (6-2 187lbs, who was injured for a part of the season), has brought his speed and explosiveness to the forefront as a receiver for the Red Devils. Couple that with their other wide receiver, Anthony McClung 6-0, 170 lbs, and this dynamic duo automatically wreaks havoc on opposing defenses. Tim Simmons, just a junior, but at 6-6, 245 lbs, he solidifies the receiving corps as one of the best, if not the best, in the state. Kody Woods is 6-3, 295 lbs and plays offensive guard. Kody is certainly going to catapult himself into a viable D1 candidate on the offensive line.

Hoosier Crossroads

We have a tie and a great story because it has been said that a tie is like "kissing your sister" and believe it or not, two sister schools won this title. Hamilton Southeastern has a history of success. Head football coach Scott may has quietly continued the winning tradition of the Royals in Indiana. Going 8-1 with their only loss to Fishers, the Royals are always in the Hoosier Crossroads hunt. Their star player listed by Scout is one of the hardest nosed running backs in the state - Matt Ripp. Listed as a linebacker, the hard running Ripp has raised his stock as a running back.

But the story is the "sister" school. Fishers' varsity football team didn't exist until 2006 and went 1-10 that year. In 4 short seasons, they have risen to a championship level and are co-champions of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. Quarterback Alex Hines ( 5-11, 170 lbs) leads Fishers and his improvement from his junior to his senior year was so dramatic that he captured the attention of several colleges. An excellent student, he personally said that playing in the IVY league may be what is best for him. Offensive Lineman Tyler Kiel has distinguished himself and could play center at the Cincinnati combine. He brings a defensive aggressiveness to his offensive line position. Junior cornerback Brian Sutton (5-10, 165 lbs) brings a strong hard hitting style to the defensive side of the ball.

Summit Athletic Conference

Ft. Wayne Dwenger once again has proven that they are the best team in the SAC and have a large player representation featured on Indiana Varsity Scout. A mix of juniors and seniors highlight this championship team. Offensively, Remund Wright, Dwenger's featured running back, has set the tone of success for the Dwenger Saints. Wright at 5-8, 186 lbs is always a big play threat. Wade Markley (6-4, 197 lbs) plays quarterback and has been extremely effective finding receiver Landon Feichter (5-11, 174 lbs) who also goes both ways as a defensive back. Feichter has good speed and also runs back kickoffs and punts when asked. On the offesive line is Tony Springman. At 6-6 and 224 lbs, you can tell when he is on the field. A better offensive tackle than defensive end, he is on a lot of "must see" lists as an offensive tackle. The Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger Saints are a perfect 9-0.

Indianapolis Public Schools

The Broad Ripple Rockets claimed the Indianapolis Public School Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 mark. They beat Arlington to clinch the championship with their star running back Martell Baker. Baker has that D1 ability with D1 size 6-2, 215 lbs. The IPS conference is going to be changing drastically as they move toward downsizing some schools, eliminating football at some schools, and featuring other schools in the future.

Big Eight Conference

Jasper finished on top of the conference standings and features two Scout athletes. Austin Ahrens, quarterback 6-2, 205 lbs and Tyler Jenkins a defensive end at 6-5 and 238 lbs.

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