Indiana high school football preview
In the early era of Indiana high school football, the champions resided in the city.
The greatest football players in region history grew up in concrete neighborhoods with cracked asphalt instead of grass and subdivisions. They were city slickers, not suburban hicksters.
HAMMOND | Eric Schreiber was on the sidelines, wearing black and gold. It was Nov. 3, 2000 inside a jam-packed Boneyard in Griffith.
HAMMOND | The Morton Governors went 7-6 last autumn. It was the most losses the program had had since 2004. Yet, the Govs got hot at the right time and won their third straight sectional title.
EAST CHICAGO | You could hear echos from the footsteps. Or the drip from a leaking faucet down the way. Or a fly buzzing around the all-but-empty weight room at E.C. Central High School.
GARY | This is a story Hollywood could be interested in: a young, aspiring teenage football player in a broken, urban environment decides to stay home to play high school football instead of fleeing to the bright lights and pep bands of the suburbs.
The road to a sectional title has become one game shorter for teams in Class 5A and the newly-minted 6A, but the path of least resistance in the region may actually be in 2A.
Bishop Noll Warriors
Boone Grove Wolves
Bowman Academy Eagles
Crown Point Bulldogs
E.C. Central Cardinals
Kankakee Valley Kougars
Lake Central Indians
Lake Station Eagles
Lew Wallace Hornets
Lowell Red Devils
Michigan City Wolves
North Newton Spartans
South Central Satellites
West Side Cougars