INDIANAPOLIS – Warren Centrals Mykelti Williams picked off Isaac James with 3:12 remaining, allowing the Warriors to edge Carmel 7-6 in the Indiana Class 6A state championship game Saturday.
Warren Central (11-3) quarterback Jeff George connected with Zachary Gegner on an 18-yard pass for the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left in the third quarter.
Kicker Adam Kremer had all of Carmels points with a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 38-yard field goal in the third to give the Greyhounds (10-4) a 6-0 lead.
Warriors first-year coach Jayson West became the first coach to win back-to-back state titles with two separate schools. Last season, West coached the Class 5A state champion Lawrence Central Bears.
CARDINAL RITTER 56, TIPTON 6: For Jake Purichia, it was all about winning a state title, not boosting his chances of being named Indianas Mr. Football or landing with a college team.
But the Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter senior put on a quite a show Saturday as he led the Raiders to the Class 2A state football title.
Purichia was 21 of 31 with 273 yards, ran for two touchdowns, passed for two more and returned a blocked punt for Cardinal Ritter (13-2).
But winning the prestigious high school Mr. Football award isnt something Purichia is worried about – at least not until now. And he hasnt decided on where to play in college. Small schools are interested in the 6-foot, 205-pound quarterback, but no Division I universities.
I dont know what they think, Purichia said.
Its not all that rare for a player on a 2A team to receive the Mr. Football title. Jaylon Smith, who now plays at Notre Dame, was named Mr. Football in 2012 and his Class 2A Bishop Luers team defeated Purichia and the Raiders in last years championship game.