Now that we know which teams will be playing for state titles at Lucas Oil this weekend, I want to start going in-depth on the matchups. I'll start by taking a look at the 5A game today, and tackling each class throughout the week. Keep checking back for more, and follow me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) for the latest info.
Penn (14-0) vs. Carmel (13-1)
Carmel was able to sneak past a feisty Center Grove team, 21-17, to earn its berth in the title game. Penn, on the other hand, continued to dominate with a 28-10 victory over FW Snider. This is going to be an interesting matchup. Penn has been crushing teams all season, but the damage has mostly been done against a weaker schedule. Carmel, on the other hand, has seemingly played a championship contender every week for the past two months. The Greyhounds have to be worn down after that stretch, but the finish line is in sight now.
This game will also pit two of my personal favorite players against each other. Faithful readers know that I've been pumping up Carmel senior running back Jalen Duncan all season long, and I jumped on the Zach Oakley bandwagon early as well. Oakley, Penn's sophomore quarterback, ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns last week.
I'm leaning slightly toward Carmel because of the Hounds' defense, but that doesn't mean I'm going to pick them to win. It's too early for predictions — I want to talk to coaches and players before making that call. But stay tuned all week, because this is going to be a fascinating matchup.
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