Here’s how each local football team fared with new squad rosters

With the IHSAA realigning state classes for the upcoming season, there are a lot of questions regarding how local teams will fare against a new set of opponents.

Here’s a breakdown of the new lineup of Martinsville, Mooresville, Monrovia, Decatur Central and Indian Creek sections.

Martinville

While Mid-State and County rival Mooresville has been placed in a new section, Martinsville will still bear the burden of extensive travel. Luckily for the Artesians, some things have improved. There are less distant opponents, but the average travel time still marks one hour and 13 minutes.

Martinsville wide receiver Garrett Skaggs shakes off an Indian Creek defender during the Artesians' scrimmage with the Braves on June 22, 2022.

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Leaving the section is the Pioneers, South Dearborn and Madison Consolidated. Joining is Edgewood, who plays his freshman year in Class 4A, Bedford North Lawrence, leaving Class 5A and Shelbyville.

Those three alone should help and improve travel, but having towns like East Central, Jennings County, and Silver Creek make it difficult.

Competitively, dropping the Pioneers benefits the Artesians, but East Central, who defeated them in the Division Championship game, still poses a constant threat.

Overall, winning closer opponents is a positive, and something Artesians should look forward to. But potentially luring an opponent close to the Ohio and Kentucky borders is still not a preferable thing.

Mooresville's Levi Dorn shoots a pass from Nick Patterson during the Pioneers scrimmage with Indian Creek on June 15, 2022.

Mooresville

At first glance, it looks like the Pioneers have been placed in an easier section, and for five opponents, that’s a fair assumption.

However, there are two, Roncalli and Brebeuf Jésuite, which make the section an extremely competitive competition.

The Royals are a consistent powerhouse in Class 4A, going 12-1 last season and a bit behind in the tournament against Mt. Vernon. But it’s unclear how Roncalli will function without star quarterback Aidan Leffler, who left for graduation. Either way, the Royals are likely to face the toughest challenge.

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Brebeuf moves up to Class 4A after competing in the Class 3A State Finals last season. Playing a class and losing a talent like Joe Strickland will pose a challenge for the Braves, but make no mistake, this is no joke.

On the plus side, Trailblazers now benefit from short range travel. But with the talent that Mooresville has and the loss of talent within their section, it could

be a golden opportunity to do a deep run like they did in 2020.

Monrovia High School junior quarterback Elias Wagner (11) warms up on the field before the start of an IHSAA college football game against Indianapolis Lutheran High School, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Monrovia High School .

monrovia

Moving up to Class 3A won’t be an easy task for the Bulldogs, especially given the section they’ve been placed in. Just like them, it is filled with legacy programs.

Danville has been one of the top Class 3A football schools in the state, and the same can be said of rival Tri-West. Western Boone, a formerly known Class 2A powerhouse, is still adjusting to Level 3A, but has always been generally better than the average football team.

Then there’s conference opponent Speedway, also up to 3A, which knocked them out in section last season.

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To succeed in their new section, the Bulldogs will need to build on the momentum they built last season, marching to a 7-4 record while showing signs of their 2015 title. Strong defense and optional offense heavy. He proved to be a hit last season, and a lot of the roster is coming back.

Overcoming Danville or Tri-West, who have been struggling with the section for years, will not be easy. But the Bulldogs have a chance to turn that around. It’s just a matter of getting the train rolling.

Decatur Central quarterback Aycen Stevens evades the Castle defense during the Hawks' four-way scrimmage with the Knights, Bloomington North and Speedway on June 23, 2022.

Central Decatur

If there’s one school that got the benefit of the doubt in upgrading, it’s Decatur Central. Cathedral eventually disappeared from the ranks of Class 5A, leaving the championship match up for grabs.

The Hawks in particular have been a team that has come up against the wall that is Cathedral. But not so long ago, the program ended up in the state finals.

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Now, the team will face Lafayette Mccutcheon and Harrison schools, as well as conference opponent Plainfield. While Decatur Central has some things to sort out, losing some of its many key players in Javon Tracy, Kaleb Hicks and a plethora of defensive players, the section is giving them the go-ahead to return to the state finals.

It won’t be easy. Harrison finished last season with an 8-2 record and Plainfield is still a challenge, but none of them are Cathedral, which was the only thing stopping the Hawks from potentially making the Finals these last years.

Indian Creek head coach Casey Gillin instructs first-year quarterback Arjun Lothe during the Braves' scrimmage with Martinsville on April 22, 2022.

indian stream

Much like Martinsville, Indian Creek is entering its new section and has to do some moving. The Braves were once in the current Monrovia section bracket, which still featured distance, but not as much as they will travel now. The average time between each potential opponent is one hour and 13 minutes.

From a competitive standpoint, the Braves are in interesting territory. Lawrenceburg should be the favorite in their bracket, and South Dearborn, down from Class 4A, could have a productive year at 3A.

Other than that, the section is up for grabs. Indian Creek has a chance to assert itself with a whole new set of opponents, especially those unfamiliar with the Braves.

There are a lot of things Indian Creek needs to work on between now and the start of the tournament, but there are certainly signs pointing up.

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