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
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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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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.