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IFCA moves two new football teams to top of state coaches poll

 The Indiana Football Coaches Association released the week two state coaches poll Monday and there is already a new No. 1 team in Class 4A.

Preseason No. 1 Mt. Vernon lost to Noblesville, 43-35, Friday and dropped to No. 5 in this week’s poll.

Preseason No. 2 New Palestine defeated then Class 6A, No. 6 Westfield, 42-28, Friday but did not rise to No. 1.

Roncalli, preseason No. 3, routed Southport, 46-7, and climbed over the Dragons to become the new No. 1 in 4A.

New Palestine is No. 2 followed by Mooresville, East Central, Mt. Vernon, Kokomo, Northwood, Jasper, Brebeuf and Greenfield-Central.

Triton Central’s convincing 42-14 win over Cascade Friday did not help it move up in the Class 2A poll. The Tigers remain No. 9 as they were in the preseason poll.

There is a new No. 1 in 2A – Evansville Mater Dei. The Wildcats blanked Evansville Central Friday, 35-0. And with Andrean’s 27-7 loss to 5A No. 1 Merrillville, Evansville Mater Dei took over the top spot with Andrean now No. 2.

Eastbrook is No. 3 ahead of Linton-Stockton, Lafayette Central Catholic, Eastside, Scecina, Fort Wayne Luers, Triton Central and Heritage Christian.



Lutheran, the week three opponent of Triton Central, remains No. 1 in Class A with Adams Central, South Adams, Monroe Central, North Judson, Park Tudor, South Putnam, North Decatur, Tri and Carroll (Flora) giving chase.

The top four remained the same in Class 3A. Chatard is still No. 1 ahead of West Lafayette, Gibson Southern and Tri-West. Western Boone moves up to No. 5 with Guerin Catholic, Mishawaka Marian, Heritage Hills, Norwell and Lawrenceburg following.

The top five of Merrillville, Decatur Central, Fort Wayne Snider, Whiteland and Fort Wayne Dwenger stayed the same in Class 5A. The second five is now Mishawaka, Castle, Bloomington South, Michigan City and Chesterton.

One of the marquee matchups in week one was Class 6A, No. 1 Center Grove hosting 6A No. 5 Warren Central. The top-ranked Trojans prevailed, 17-8, to keep the top spot.

Cathedral sits at No. 2 ahead of Brownsburg, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Warren Central, Ben Davis, Lawrence North, Penn and Carroll (Allen).