MERRILLVILLE | Temperatures may have been at freezing levels for kickoff Friday night, but the Andrean 59ers were red hot in the Class 3A high school football northern semistate.
The sizzling 59ers scored early and often on their home field, blazing their way to a 52-7 victory over West Lafayette and earning a shot at capturing the school’s second state football championship next weekend in Indianapolis.
Andrean, the only team from Northwest Indiana still alive in the state football playoffs, will battle either Gibson Southern or Brebeuf Jesuit at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in search of its first state title since 2004. The senior-laden Niners, 14-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state’s Class 3A rankings, will be trying to reward sixth-year coach Phil Mason with his first state championship.
Gibson Southern and Brebeuf will meet Saturday in Indianapolis for the Class 3A southern semistate championship.
East Chicago Central and Rensselaer weren’t as fortunate Friday night. East Chicago, in its first semistate football appearance, was thumped 38-0 by Fort Wayne Dwenger, and Rensselaer lost its Class 2A contest 27-0 at Tipton.