Here is the scouting report on Penn’s opponent in the Class 6-A state championship football game on Saturday, Nov. 28. Kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is set for 7:05 p.m.
Center Grove Offense
Center Grove’s offense is known for its Wing-T offense. The Wing T is designed to confuse the defense and give multiple options to the offense. The purpose is to give off different formations and motion a wing to try and give a different look and make the defense’s eyes wander. This is a running offense and does not pass often, but when Center Grove does pass, it’s because they think they have the defense caught off-guard, or because they need quick yards. Center Grove averages 308.1 yards rushing a game, and 74.7 yards a game passing.
By Parker Adkins
Projected Center Grove offensive starters:
|Tight end||97||Cory Heinrichs||6-3||235||Soph.|
|Right tackle||70||Ethan Hart||6||245||Junior|
|Right guard||77||John Richardson||6’4||315||Senior|
|Left guard||66||Nick Davis||5’10||260||Junior|
|Left tackle||71||Clay Hadley||6’1||270||Senior|
|Wide receiver||87||Quinton Stirsman||6’1||185||Senior|
|Running back||29||Trevor Holt||5’11||170||Junior|
Center Grove defense
Center Grove plays a 4-3 defense. The Trojans are the No. 3-ranked defense in Class 6-A, only behind Chesterton and Penn, giving up an average of 14.8 points a game. The Center Grove defense is anchored by two impressive defensive tackles, both of whom are going to be playing major college football next year. Cameron Tidd wears No. 89 and is a 6-3, 265-pound senior for the Trojans. He will play in the SEC next year for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Javon Swan is a 6-4, 270-pound senior who wears No. 51 for Center Grove. Swann has impressed college scouts due to his size and how quickly he gets off of the football. He is currently looking at Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, Stanford, and Virginia to play at the next level.
By Ben Knutson
Projected Center Grove defensive starters:
|Defensive end||3||Devin Wilson||5-11||230||Senior|
|Def. tackle||51||Javon Swann||6-4||270||Senior|
|Def. tackle||89||Cameron Tidd||6-3||265||Senior|
|Defensive end||45||Dan Root||6-2||205||Junior|
|Free safety||37||Logan Bontrager||5-11||180||Junior|
|Strong safety||32||Conner Steeb||5-9||195||Senior|