We were promised drama last week with a number of the top men’s football teams in the region set to play each other and it did not disappoint. Noblesville took out top dog Zionsville before falling to Hamilton Southeastern, who also beat Westfield. Elsewhere, Fishers handed unbeaten Brownsburg their first defeat, before leveling with North Central – who also played even with Carmel.
TL;DR: There’s a new number 1 in this week’s Fab 15.
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1. Carmel (8-2-3)
Last week: 2
Connor Dora and Hayden Warneke scored to secure a tie with North Central and then Dora, Josiah Shepson and Will Latham all found the back of the net in a 3-0 win over Westfield. The Greyhounds beat Brebeuf, Fishers and Greenfield-Central, lost to Noblesville and Hamilton Southeastern, and tied with Zionsville and Pike.
2. Sionville (7-1-2)
The Eagles gave up three second-half goals en route to a 5-1 loss to Noblesville on Tuesday. They rebounded from their first setback of the season by shutting out Avon, and have a tough week ahead with HSE, Providence and Bishop Dwenger.
3. Fishermen (8-2-3)
The Tigers lost to Zionsville and Carmel, but beat HSE, hence their third-place finish this week. They scored an impressive win Tuesday over previously undefeated Brownsburg, using goals from Noah Reinhart and Will Sandlon, as well as a strong combined effort in front of the net from Gavin Clayton and Miles Hardy to defeat the Bulldogs.
4. Hamilton Southeast (9-1-3)
HSE went 4-1-1 through a disheartening start to September, with the last two wins coming last week against Westfield and Noblesville (James Wells and Davis Brown scored both goals for the Royals in both games). The Royals host Zionsville on Tuesday, then conclude the regular season with two games in Fort Wayne (Carroll and Homestead).
5. Jesuit Brebeuf (9-3-1)
Brebeuf secured a share of the Circle City Conference title on Thursday with a 7-1 rout of Chatard. Coach Carlos Zavaleta’s side average more than three goals per game against a schedule that includes Noblesville, Guerin, Carmel, Westfield, HSE and Heritage Christian. He opened the Marion County tournament against Pike on Monday.
6. Noblesville (7-2-2)
The Millers snagged five spots from a Zionsville side that had allowed just five goals in its first eight games, then were held to a draw by HSE (also very good defensively) two nights later. It’s very open among this group of the best teams in the region, that’s what I’m trying to say. Noblesville ended the week with a 4-2 win over Castle and has three games this week: Plainfield, Glenbrook South (Illinois) and East Central.
7. Pike (8-1-3)
The Red Devils played Center Grove to a 4-4 draw, then shut out Lawrence Central, 5-0. It’s a shame they’ve been up against Brebeuf in the first round of the Marion County tournament – it looks like that should be later in the bracket – but we’ll have a better idea of where this team stands by the time you will read this.
8. Meridian Perry (9-2-1)
Perry Meridian took care of his business against Whiteland (victory, 8-1). Now it’s the turn of the Marion County Tournament, which kicked off Monday night against a quality Speedway team.
9. Christian heritage (10-2-1)
A Julian Bell goal 16 minutes from time was the difference in a 1-0 loss to sectional opponents Brebeuf. The Eagles bounced back with a 3-1 win over Pendleton Heights (Gabe Carrao scored two goals; Noah Hamm added a goal and an assist).
10. Brownsburg (9-1-2)
Maybe they underscored the Bulldogs last week (part of the reason for the rise; they also held their own against the Fishers), but they will have the opportunity to solidify their position in the top 10 over the next few months. next two weeks with Westfield, Zionsville and Noblesville before the start of the sections.
11. Tudor Park (10-1-1)
The Panthers’ first loss of the season came in the AAP championship game against arch-rival University, which they shut out in late August. This week’s Marion County tournament could provide quality testing with Roncalli, Brebeuf and Pike in half of Park Tudor’s draw.
12. Highway (10-1)
I can’t wait to see the Sparkplugs in the Marion County opener against Perry Meridian. They entered the game having shut out five of their last six opponents and with a goal differential of 46-6.
13. Plainfield (8-1-1)
A shutout (Avon), a two-goal victory (Mt. Vernon) and a penalty win (East Central), all in a three-day stretch for the Quakers. Their upcoming week includes Avon, Center Grove, Noblesville and Westfield.
14. Greenfield Center (8-1-2)
The Cougars have won six straight (all shutouts) since a 3-0 loss to Carmel. Goaltender Jordin Jones is credited with 125 saves — he made 17 in a 1-0 win over Mt. Vernon earlier this month — and nine shutouts (just four goals allowed, including three against the Greyhounds). GC plays Shelbyville on Thursday before heading to Fishers next Tuesday.
15. University (8-2-2)
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Park Tudor sets the stage for a seemingly inevitable rubber game in the sections. The Trailblazers have games this week against Hamilton Heights and Greenwood Christian Academy.
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