The Fountain Central Mustangs will gladly take on the role of the 2007/08 New York Giants and be the spoiler. If Fountain Central were to win, it would certainly be a great upset considering that Lafayette Central Catholic leads the state in scoring average with 52 points a game. Just as impressive is that the defense gives up just 3 points a game.
To say that LCC is a huge favorite is an understatement. But there is a reason to play the game and the Fountain Central Mustangs are not void of talent or tradition. Head Coach Rick Malone has won a state championship before at Fountain Central albeit 26 years ago. In fact, there have been several other head coaches at Fountain Central during the interim. Malone took over the job 2 seasons ago.
Lafayette Central Catholic
When the new sectionals for the 2009/10 season were released it didn't take long for the 1A contingent to realize that getting out of the sectional may be harder than winning the state championship. Many thought that Pioneer had what it took to derail the high powered offense and locomotive defense of LCC. In the midst of a rained soaked week and terrible field conditions, LCC packed away Pioneer 20-0. No one has come any closer, and not too many believe Fountain Central has much of a chance.
Chris Mills (6-4 185 lbs) has had a record setting year at quarterback for his Knights. The 3 year starter has put up some stellar numbers by any class standard. He has thrown for a total of 2,948 yards and those who attend the game will see the senior quarterback get his 3,000th yard in the 2009 season. IVS (Indiana Varsity Scout) chose Chris as one of the top quarterbacks returning in Indiana. He has certainly lived up to that billing.
Chris has attempted 256 passes and completed 169 of them for a sparkling 66% passing percentage. At every level of football a 60% or better percentage is the standard for passing efficiency. He has thrown for 43 TD's and just 7 INT's. His 6-4 185 pound frame serves him well, and many say he may be the best pure passer of the class of 2010.
Marc Withers (5-11 165 lbs) and Cody Christopher (6-0 170 lbs) are the two top receivers, but the Knights spread the ball around as Danny Anthrop (6-0 165 lbs) and Connor Mackey (6-3 200 lbs) have made themselves available to Chris Mills' arm. Withers has made 35 receptions for 871 yards and Christopher has caught 45 passes for 705 yards. Withers is a senior and Christopher returns as a junior in 2010.
LCC's running game is best described as running back by committee. Tom Almond (6-1 180 lbs) has the most yards rushing with 519 yards, but between 4 other running backs listed, they split 2,487 yards in the rushing department.
All year long references have been made to a veteran offensive line and most everyone knows that success at the offensive level will be tied to a veteran offensiveline.
But possibly the greatest improvement that has put the Knights into the state final game has come on defense. A defense that is only allowing 3 points per contest would certainly get any coaches' or fans' attention.
The defense has gotten the ball back by turnovers 41 times for the offense which is why LCC scores so many points. The defense gives the offense more opportunities.
Fountain Central Mustangs
Fountain Central is certainly a worthy adversary for LCC. They have put up some great offensive numbers as well. The work horse is Trent Spear (6-1 195 lbs). He has rushed for 1,214 yards on 149 carries. Quarterback Scott Moore (5-11 195 lbs) has thrown for 1,727 yards, but just as noteworthy, he has rushed for 720 yards. That makes him a double threat and a little more dangerous to defend.
Some would also argue that their schedule has prepared them for their state final but at this point the argument is moot. Fountain Central has rushed for 3,839 yards this season and it isn't hard to figure out that they are prone to keeping the ball on the ground. And when you total it all up, Fountain Central holds the total offensive edge at 5,774 yards to LCC's 5,474 total yards. FC leads it by 300 yards.
Zach Robertson (6-0 170 lbs) and Brandon Bowlus (5-10 180 lbs) lead the receiving corp. They have 854 yards and 339 yards in receptions respectively.
Everyone knows, however, that if Fountain Central is going to have a chance to claim the 2009 1A title, they are going to have to find a way to stop the LCC offensive juggernaut. Surprisingly, the Mustangs are led in tackle points by a freshman linebacker, Michael Duane (5-8 155 lbs). Two way starter, Scott Moore, has 5 interceptions. Trent Spear, also a 2 way starter, leads Fountain Central in sacks and tackles for loss. Spear is clearly an excellent athlete on both sides of the ball.
Super Bowl XLII and the 2009 1A Parody
All year long the fans on The Gridiron Digest of LCC have boasted that their Knights are basically unbeatable. Whispers have come out of Lafayette that this LCC team may be the best 1A team ever in the history of the Indiana playoffs. Thus, we have shades of the undefeated New England Patriots. So, if LCC is the Patriots, then Fountain Central must be the New York Giants.
The Giants' game plan was to get after the quarterback. The Mustangs cannot allow the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights to get into a rhythm. If they do they could hang 50 on any 1A team and a good number of other teams in several classes.
It is the final high school game of the year in class 1A football. Either, it will be the coronation of the 2009 expected king of 1A from day one of the season or it could be the biggest upset in class 1A history, enter the Mustangs. All eyes will be on Lucas Oil Stadium Friday at 3:00 p.m. for the first of five.
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