The IHSAA’s penultimate round proved foil for Adams Central once again. After upsetting second-ranked South Adams in regionals last Friday, the No. 4 Flying Jets suffered a 24-14 defeat Friday at No. 8 Lafayette Central Catholic in the Class 1A north semistate.
Adams Central (12-2) dropped their fifth straight semistate contest since claiming the 2000 Class 1A state championship, falling to 1-12 all-time in semistate action.
Lafayette Central Catholic (11-3) opened the scoring, as an Evan Munn 3-yard touchdown rush put the hosts up 7-0 with 6:54 to go in the first quarter. In that quarter, Adams Central ran for just 12 yards on 11 carries.
The lead would grow to 17-0 at halftime, thanks to a 37-yard field goal and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Clark Barrett to Reece Buche. Dallas Schwaller misfired on each of his first eight pass attempts, including a pair of first-half interceptions. Schwaller did complete four of his final six passes for 83 yards.
Falling behind by as many as 24 points, Adams Central would respond. Blake Heyerly scored for the Flying Jets with 1:54 left in the third quarter, punching it in from four yards out.
Adams Central then converted a turnover into points. Following an Alex Currie interception in the end zone of a Barrett attempt, Schwaller found Ben Voirol on a 13-yard touchdown pass to bring the visitors within 24-14 with 3:40 remaining.
Daniel Roach, Central Catholic’s leader in all-purpose yards, sat out of Friday’s contest after getting ejected from the Knights’ regional victory.
Lafayette Central Catholic will play Indianapolis Lutheran for the Class A state championship. The top-ranked Saints (13-0) defeated West Washington in the south semistate, 49-0. The A title game kicks off at noon Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.