This year marks the first that the Circle City Classic will feature a game between two high school rivals in addition to the traditional collegiate game. The two contestants, Warren Central and Carmel high schools, should make this inaugaral game a classic.
Following is a brief overview of both Indianapolis area high school football programs.
Warren Central High School
Over the past decade, Warren Central has been the gold standard for high school football in the state of Indiana. The numbers are staggering; over the past 10 years, the Warriors have won five State 5A championships, nine sectional titles, and posted a combined record of 116-22. From 2003 to 2006, the Eastside high school won an unprecedented four straight titles, punctuating that run by going undefeated in the final year of the four-peat. They also happen to be the defending champions this year after taking home the crown in 2009.
And it doesn’t look like those winning ways are going to stop anytime soon. They are currently ranked first in the state and 23rd in the nation and bring a 4-1 record into the game. Fans should expect the Warriors to bring a run-heavy offense, as the team currently averages over 500 yards per game on the ground behind the talented running back tandem of senior Anthony Davis and junior Deionte Buckley. However, don’t be surprised if quarterback Clarence Hayes, currently averaging more than 171 yards through the air, ends up passing a few times as well.
Carmel High School
Warren’s opponents are no slouches either. Carmel High School’s football team has a rich tradition with six state championships, including the 2007 title. This game will be a big one for the Greyhounds, as they will be looking to avenge last year’s championship game loss to the Warriors.
Carmel enters the game with a perfect 5-0 record and the No.2 ranking in the state. According to the Massey top 25 ratings, the key to this game will be how Carmel’s defense, ranked first in the state, will handle Warren’s offense, also first in the state. Fans should expect first year Carmel head coach Kevin Wright to have his team well-prepared and ready for the challenge.