New Prairie vs. East Central

Setting the table for Friday’s New Prairie 4A Football Championship game against East Central.

No. 6 New Prairie (13-1) vs. No. 4 East Central (12-2), 3 p.m

New Prairie's Noah Mungia (2) and Reece Lapczynski (5) celebrate during the New Prairie vs. Northridge regional championship soccer game on Friday, November 11, 2022 at New Prairie High School in New Carlisle.

EXPLORE NEW PRAIRIE

Location: New Carlisle. Enrollment: 1,002 Nickname: Cougars. Colours: Navy Blue and Antique Gold. Ranking: #6 in AP, #7 IFCA Coaches Poll. Conference: Northern Indiana. Offensive Formation: distribution of power. defensive formation: Several, 3-3. Previous State Championship Appearance: 2014 (lost to New Palestine).

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RESULTS 2022

Regular Season: vs. LaPorte W, 35-0; at Goshen W, 33-14; at Lowell W, 24-7; at Marian W, 34-14; vs Saint Joseph W, 38-7, vs Adams W, 49-2; at Riley W, 42-21; at Penn L, 21-0; vs. Elkhart W, 35-7. Playoffs: v. Kankakee Valley W, 47-6; at Lowell W, 42-6; at Hobart W, 49-28; v. Northridge W, 55-7; at Kokomo W, 10-9.

New Prairie's Tayvion Ortman (88) celebrates his victory during the New Prairie vs. Northridge Regional Championship soccer game on Friday, November 11, 2022 at New Prairie High School in New Carlisle.

GROUP LEADER

Rating: Noach Mungia 150 points, Marshall Kmiecik 84. Rushing: Mungia 247 attempts, 1,868 yards, 21 TDs. Kmiecik 159 attempts, 1,331 yards, 14 TDs. Pass: Kmiecik 54 of 119, 1,198 yards, 16 TD, 5 interceptions. Reception: Dallas Ryan’s 20 catches, 436 yards, 4 TDs. Reece Lapczynski 9 catches, 286 yards, 4 TDs. Defense: Tayvion Ortman 130 tackles, 5 for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 INTs. Hayden Scott 94 tackles, 4 INTs. Nathan Andreysiak 86 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery. Dylan Wilson 64 tackles, 8 for a loss, 6 sacks.

New Prairie head coach Casey McKim during the New Prairie vs. Saint Joseph High School football game on Friday, September 16, 2022 at New Prairie High School in New Carlisle.

Around Coach Casey McKim

recording: 29-9 in three seasons at New Prairie/overall. Age: 36 Profession: Social studies teacher at New Prairie. University: Purdue (2008). Fun facts: Was a high school teammate of former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver and MLB pitcher Jeff Samardzija on the Valparaiso runners-up team in 2001. Was football manager at Purdue (2004-08) under head coach Joe Tiller.

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NEW PRAIRIE NOTES

Cougars looking for their first state title in any sport…NP ranks eighth in 4A on offense (35.2 ppg) and second in defensive points allowed with East Central (10.6 ppg)…Recovered from one 10-0 down into the final minutes to beat No. 6 Kokomo 10-9 on the road in last week’s semi-state… The only loss of the season was 6A Penn, 21-0, but Cougars rebounded with a 35-7 win over 6A Elkhart into the regular-season finals.

GET TO KNOW EAST CENTRAL

Location: St. Leon (northwest of Cincinnati). Enrollment: 1.305. Nickname: Trojan. Colours: Red, white and black. Ranking: #4 in both the AP and IFCA Coaches Polls. Conference: Eastern Indiana Athletic. Offensive Formation: Several. defensive formation: Strange Front. Previous participation in the state championship: 1993, 1994 (won), 2015, 2017 (won).

East Central's Josh Ringer plays Roncalli during an IHSAA semi-state championship game at East Central High School on Friday, November 18, 2022.

RESULTS 2022

Regular Season: vs. Lawrenceburg W, 38-3; at Harrison (Ohio) W, 41-17; in Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) L, 43-14; v. Franklin County W, 54-0; vs. Bateville W, 35-0; at South Dearborn W, 48-6; at Connersville W, 42-14; vs. Guerin Catholic W, 41-17; vs. Ronalli L, 21-19. Playoffs: v. Edgewood W, 53-0; at Silver Creek W, 42-6; vs. Martinsville W, 47-0; at Evansville Memorial W, 35-21; vs. Roncalli, W, 24-21

GROUP LEADER

Rating: Josh Ringer 228 points, Ryan Brotherton 90. Rush: Ringer 258 attempts for 2,197 yards and 35 TDs. Pass: Cole Burton 93 of 149 for 1,744 22 TDs and 6 INTs. Reception: Ryan Brotherton 33 catches, 841 yards and 11 TDs. Defense: Brayden Rouse 77 tackles, 9 for a loss, 5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Dylan Maxwell 72 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, 4 sacks and an INT.

Trojan head coach Jake Meiners reacts during the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown vs. Lawrenceburg at East Central High School on Friday, August 19, 2022.

About coach Jake Meiners

Recording: 41-9 in four seasons at East Central/overall. Age: 32 Profession: English teacher at East Central. University: Franklin College (2013). Fun facts: Meiners and his wife, Alicia, are both East Central University graduates and have four children. He was named Indianapolis Colt’s Coach of the Week on October 10.

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