The high schoolhouse shot season begins conscionable six weeks from past Friday. Six! This week we instrumentality a look astatine a twelve quarterbacks to ticker successful Central Indiana for the upcoming season:
Akim Abdur-Rahim, Pike
The elder left-hander is poised for a large play arsenic helium takes implicit the full-time starter duties. Abdur-Rahim showed committedness past year, completing 51.1 % of his passes (47-for-92) for 584 yards and six touchdowns with 5 interceptions. He is besides a big-time menace to run, rushing for 130 yards and 2 TDs connected 36 carries past season. Abdur-Rahim volition springiness manager Pat Echeverria a playmaker astatine the backmost position.
Tayven Jackson, Center Grove
Jackson, a Tennessee recruit, is entering his 3rd twelvemonth arsenic a starting backmost and won a Class 6A authorities title arsenic a junior. Jackson completed 62% of his passes past play (113-for-182) for 1,756 yards and 17 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. He besides rushed for 191 yards and six TDs. It volition beryllium absorbing to spot if Center Grove utilizes Jackson much successful the moving crippled this season. The Trojans volition beryllium the No. 1 squad successful the authorities entering the season.
Aidan Leffler, Roncalli
The 6-3, 215-pound elder goes into his 4th twelvemonth arsenic a starter (33 starts) aft helping the Royals to a Class 4A authorities title past season. Leffler completed 64.8% of his passes arsenic a inferior (125-for-193) for 1,714 yards and 24 TDs with 5 interceptions. He is besides 1 of the team’s astir salient threats connected the crushed arsenic helium rushed for 746 yards and 17 TDs past season. For his career, Leffler has passed for a school-record 4,001 yards and 44 TDs and rushed for 1,637 yards and 35 TDs.
Zach Osborne, Carmel
Osborne, a 6-2, 205-pound senior, completed 51.7% of his passes arsenic a inferior for 1,353 yards and 16 TDs with 7 interceptions. Like those listed above, Osborne is simply a dual-threat quarterback. He rushed for 575 yards and 10 TDs past season, including a 141-yard crippled against Pike. Osborne has offers from Colgate, Dartmouth, Penn, Valparaiso and Yale.
Nicholas Patterson, Mooresville
The 6-1, 215-pound Patterson, a junior, enjoyed a breakout sophomore play arsenic helium helped Mooresville to a 12-2 grounds and a Class 4A determination title. Patterson completed 59.3% of his passes (150-for-253) for 2,212 yards and 21 TDs with 5 interceptions. Patterson is simply a sturdy and beardown runner. He averaged 6.0 yards per transportation arsenic a sophomore and finished with 774 yards and 20 TDs connected the ground.
Kale Payne, Danville
It volition beryllium hard to apical Danville’s play a twelvemonth agone arsenic the Warriors went 11-1 and reached the Class 3A authorities finals, falling to Bishop Chatard. The 6-3, 180-pound Payne was a large portion of that occurrence arsenic helium completed 68.7% of his passes for 1,874 yards and 27 TDs with 9 interceptions. In 25 games implicit 2 seasons, Payne has thrown for 3,973 yards and 52 TDs and rushed for 579 yards and 7 TDs.
Prince Powell, Warren Central
Powell, a senior, had immoderate ups and downs successful his archetypal play arsenic a starter. He completed 56.9% of his passes arsenic a inferior for 1,172 yards and 4 TDs and displayed his quality arsenic a runner with 361 rushing yards and 8 TDs. Powell should payment from playing connected an discourtesy that endured immoderate increasing pains past play (three shutouts), but volition person much acquisition successful 2021.
Carter St. John, Bishop Chatard
St. John, successful his archetypal twelvemonth arsenic a starter past season, helped Chatard to a 13-1 grounds and the Class 3A authorities championship. St. John passed for 2,296 yards and 28 TDs with 8 interceptions and rushed for 510 yards and 5 TDs. Chatard volition determination up to 4A this play owed to the tourney occurrence origin but volition beryllium helped by St. John’s acquisition astatine quarterback.
Gehrig Slunaker, Mt. Vernon
The 6-2, 185-pound Slunaker has been a large portion of Mt. Vernon’s resurgence implicit the past 3 seasons, including a determination rubric successful 2019 and a 12-1 grounds and a sectional title past season. Slunaker completed 58.5% of his passes arsenic a inferior for 1,889 yards and 22 TDs with 9 interceptions. For his career, helium has 5,258 passing yards and 46 TDs and 449 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Houston Swan, Eastern Hancock
Swan, a elder who volition beryllium a four-year starter, completed 57.3% of his passes for 2,005 yards and 24 TDs with 10 interceptions successful 10 games arsenic a junior. He besides rushed for 119 yards and 3 TDs. Overall, successful 3 seasons, Swan has completed 59.7% of his passes for 5,677 yards and 68 TDs with 42 interceptions. Eastern Hancock, aft an 8-3 play successful 2019, dropped to 4-6 past twelvemonth and volition person a caller manager successful Phil Morris aft the status of Doug Armstrong.
J’uan Swanson, Ben Davis
Swanson showed plentifulness of committedness successful his inferior play for Ben Davis arsenic helium completed 57.7% of his passes for 1,913 yards and 20 TDs with 9 interceptions. He besides rushed for 436 yards and six TDs. In his last 5 games of the season, Swanson passed for 997 yards and 14 TDs. Coach Jason Simmons and the Giants volition look to the elder to support that momentum going into 2021.
Maximus Webster, Westfield
Webster, who committed to Ball State past month, had a breakout inferior play arsenic helium helped the Shamrocks scope the Class 6A authorities finals. Webster completed 68.8% of his passes for 2,178 yards and 28 TDs with 5 interceptions and rushed for 792 yards and 19 TDs. Westfield, with the 6-2, 225-pound Webster astatine the controls, should again beryllium a apical contender successful 6A.
Five much to watch: Tyler Adkins, Martinsville, Jr.; Riley Palmeter, Edinburgh, Sr.; Danny O’Neil, Cathedral, Soph.; Brennan Stow, Lapel, Sr.; Elliott Young, Western Boone, Sr.
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