|Late score lifts East Central over Red Devils 14-7 in IHSAA Class 4A Title Game|
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|An 'RDP' Red Devil Pride car made it to Indianapolis for the 4A title game and probably brought some Lowell fans with it. (Photos by Mark Smith)|
|Lowell QB Ethan Igras doesn't know he's warming up on the Lucas Oil Stadium TV screen.|
|East Central's Eric Rosemeyer (14) runs a misdirection play. EC's offense was a lot like Munster's with misdirection plays aimed at slowing down the Red Devils.|
|Lowell's Mike Langen (30) chases EC quarterback Alex Maxwell (12) early in the state championship game. Maxwell ran 13 times for 88 yards and completed six passes for 65 more.|
|East Central's Chase Ludwig (9) is determined to stop Lowell's Jaeger Gill (2) at the state finals. Lowell ran 33 times for 144 yards rushing.|
|Lowell QB Ethan Igras (13) completed nine of 15 for 144 yards against East Central in the 4A state championship game.|
|Two 'Faces of Sportsmanship' and one silly face are in the front row of the Lowell student section at the state finals.|
|Lowell fans made a good showing at the finals. About 4,000 made the trip from south Lake County to cheer on the Devils.|
|EC's Malachi Studer (24) tries to hold onto Lowell's Jaeger Gill (2) at the state finals. Lowell outgained East Central 288-207.|
|Lowell coach Keith Kilmer talks with the IHSAA network at halftime of the state finals. The game was tied 7-7 after the first two quarters.|
|Lowell's Jacob Mitrisin (70) runs down East Central quarterback Alex Maxwell (12) in the state championship game in the Lucas Oil Arena in Indianapolis.|
|Lowell junior Kory King (57) listens to the plan during a time out huddle. The Devils were in the state championship game for the fourth time in 12 years.|
|Lowell's Logan Charters (40) peaks into the East Central backfield during the state championship game. The Lowell defense held EC to 14 points and 207 total yards.|
|Mike Langen (30) tries to get his hands on East Central quarterback Alex Maxwell (12) in state finals action. Lowell was not able to sack the EC quarterback at all in the title game while Maxwell ran for one TD and passed for another.|
|Lowell's Jaeger Gill (2) looks for running room against East Central. The game was tied 7-7 at the half and after three quarters.|
|EC's Alex Maxwell (12) gets time to throw while Lowell's Logan O'Hanlon (10), Mike Langen (30) and Jake Mitrisin (70) try to hurry him.|
|Lowell's Logan Charters (40) shows up on the giant TV screen at the Lucas Oil Stadium early in the second quarter. The Devils reached the state finals for the fourth time.|
|A Lowell cheerleader reflects the mood of the fourth quarter as East Central scored late to beat Lowell 14-7 and win the 2017 Class 4A state title. (Photos by Mark Smith)|
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|EAST CENTRAL (12-3)||0||7||0||7||14|
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 - Lucas Oil Arena, Class 4A State Championship game in INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.
Qtr: LOWELL (7-0)
Jordan Jusevitch, 1-yard run. 89-yard drive, 11 plays. Mike Hutton kick. 2:34
2nd Qtr: EAST CENTRAL (7-7) Justin Brown, 13-yard pass from Alex Maxwell. 76-yard drive, 17 plays. Caden Browndyke kick. 6:58 left.
3rd Qtr: No scoring.
4th Qtr: EAST CENTRAL (14-7) Alex Maxwell, 6-yard run. 81-yard drive, 11 plays. Caden Browndyke kick. 2:02 left.
EAST CENTRAL (40 carries, 142 yards, one TD, 0 fumbles): Alex Maxwell (QB) 13 carries, 88 yards, one TD; Logan Storie (HB) 14 carries, 28 yards; Eric Rosemeyer (HB) 7-20 yards; Jayden Williamson (HB) 2-7 yards;
LOWELL (33 carries, 144 yards, one TD, one fumble): Jordan Jusevitch (HB) 16 carries, 80 yards, TD; Ethan Igras (QB) 6-30 yards; Jaeger Gill (WR) 4-19 yards; Tyler Wildman (HB) 7-15 yards.
EAST CENTRAL = Alex Maxwell (QB) 6 of 11, 65 yards, one TD, 0 interceptions;
LOWELL = Ethan Igras (QB) 9 of 15, 144 yards, 0 TDs, 2 interceptions.
EAST CENTRAL = Logan Storie (HB) 3 catches, 21 yards, Matt Lewis (WR) 2-31 yards, Justin Brown (TE) 1-13 yards, TD.
LOWELL: Jordan Jusevitch (WR) 5-85 yards, one fumble; Jaeger Gill (WR) 3-50, TD; Brandon Bertola (WR) 1-9.
East Central (2) Nate Lloyd (DB) two; LOWELL(0).
East Central (1) Keegan Gindling (DT) one, Jusevitch.
East Central = 207 yards, 13 first downs, 0 turnovers;
LOWELL = 288 yards, 14 first downs, 3 turnovers.
Complete IHSAA Official 4A Title Game Statistics
INDIANAPOLIS (11-25-2017)All year long I thought that, of the two teams on the field each weekend, that Lowell was the better team going into the game. And if Lowell played East Central again, I'd still pick the Devils to win.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE (except when, OOPS!, they're wrong): The IHSAA state football finals program stated incorrectly that East Central finished with a 14-1 record. Lowell finished the 2017 season at 14-1 after going undefeated through their first 14 games. East Central actually finished the 2017 campaign with a 12-3 record (see 2017 season summary below).
|2017 SEASON (12-3)|
Coach: Justin Roden
|Aug. 25||Harrison (Ohio)||L||24||27||OT|
|Sep. 1||Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio)||L||0||13|
|Sep. 8||at||Franklin County||W||41||36|
|Sep. 22||South Dearborn||W||34||0|
|Oct. 13||at||Indianapolis Chatard||L||14||31|
|Oct. 27||South Dearborn||W||51||0||sect|
|Nov. 3||Silver Creek||W||24||0||sect|
|Nov. 10||Evansville Central||W||35||13||regn|