Indiana’s Carmel High School made a big jump up the rankings after defeating Warren Central over the weekend. The last time these teams met, Warren walked away as the victors with a 7-6 win and the state championship.
Both teams have had successful season thus far. Carmel (8-0) jumped up six spots to 13th in the DigitalSports National Football Rankings and first in Indiana following this win. Warren (7-1) is right behind the Cougars in the state and 29th in the nation.
This time, the Cougars had the upper hand in a 17-10 victory. Carmel got started early with 14 points in the first quarter while shutting out the Warriors. Warren came right back with 10 points of their own to close the deficit down to just four-points by halftime.
In the second half, both teams’ defenses stepped up. Carmel shut out Warren’s dynamic offense for the remained of the game, and Warren only allowed a fourth quarter field goal. By the final whistle, the Cougars led 17-10 after a highly defensive battle.
Carmel’s first score came from an 85-yard connection between quarterback Isaac James and receiver Collin Pearson. Later in the same quarter, Chris Perkins drove in a six-yard rush.
As Carmel continues to prove its strength on both sides of the ball, look for the Cougars to climb up the rankings. Carmel’s next challenger is Lawrence Central on October 17.