(Indianapolis)- Fort Wayne Bishop Luers embraced some Indiana football history as it mixed an efficient passing attack with blockbuster runs and captured a 41-17 victory over Evansville Mater Dei in the Class 2A state championship game.
For the Knights (13-1), the outcome represented a third consecutive state title and 10th overall in 14 finals appearance. The 10 championships tie an Indiana record with Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, which is a 2011 finalist in Class 3A, and the 14 appearances are a record. For Luers Coach Matt Lindsay, it is the ninth state championship, tying him with Sheridan's Larry “Bud” Wright for the most in Indiana.
Luers quarterback James Knapke completed 17-of-25 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, spreading his passes among six receivers. Jaylon Smith rushed for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the top-ranked Knights totaled 273 yards and four scores on the ground.
The dynamic Luers offense accumulated 463 yards and averaged of 7.7 yards per play. The Knights averaged 39.2 points against their five playoff opponents.
For Mater Dei (13-2), quarterback Dane Maurer passed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-24 and ran for 79 yards. Cody Hess rushed for 106 yards.
Fourth-ranked Mater Dei, coached by Mike Goebel, advanced to its first state title game in 10 years and fourth overall. The Wildcats won in 2000.
Bishop Luers’ Andrew Morken named Eskew Mental Attitude Award Winner
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers’ Andrew Morken was selected by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee as this year’s winner of the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Football.
The award, named in honor of the IHSAA’s third commissioner from 1962-76, is presented annually to a senior in each classification who best demonstrates excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Morken maintains an 11.6 GPA on a 12.0 scale ranking in the top five percent of his senior class. He plans to begin studying Psychiatry at either Wabash College or Indiana University next fall.
In addition to football, the senior has played baseball each of the previous three years, been involved in the World Culture Club and is a peer tutor at the school. He’s also received the great honor of being chosen as a Pontifical alter server for Bishop Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.
He is the son of Daniel and Becky Morken of Fort Wayne.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to Bishop Luers High School in the name of Morken. Since 1989, more than $745,000 in college scholarships have been presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to deserving high school students in Indiana.
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