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Indy-area football power rankings: How things look after Week 7

Each week of the high school football season, I will rank the top high school football teams in Central Indiana by class. Here is a look after the seventh week of the season:

Class 6A Top 10

1. Avon (7-0): The Orioles were pushed into the fourth quarter by visiting Westfield, coming away with a 27-24 win. Jalen Love had his best game, rushing 22 times for 186 yards and a score. Up next: at Zionsville. Previous: 1.

2. Brownsburg (5-2): Donny Marcus rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns as Brownsburg cruised 54-14 over Zionsville. Up next: at Noblesville. Previous: 2.

3. Warren Central (5-2): Cobe Moore’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Brown with a minute left was the game-winner in a 24-23 win at Lawrence North. Moore rushed for 141 yards on the night. Up next: at Carmel. Previous: 3.

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4. North Central (5-2): North Central limited Lawrence Central to 145 yards of total offense in a 17-6 win. David Smith rushed for 159 yards on 29 carries. The Panthers are at Pike on Friday in what will be a tough game. Previous: 4. 

5. Fishers (5-2): After losses to Brownsburg and Avon, Fishers rebounded in a big way with a 23-0 win over Franklin Central. The Tigers outgained the Flashes 374 to 156 in total offense. Marcus Roux passed for 274 yards and three TDs. Previous: 6.

6. Hamilton Southeastern (4-3): The Royals rolled to a 35-7 win over Noblesville as Andrew Hobson passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Up next: Franklin Central. In two weeks: at Brownsburg. Previous: 7.

7. Ben Davis (4-3): The Giants might be a few rungs higher on this list in two weeks. There might not be a hotter team after wins over Warren Central, Lawrence North and Carmel, the latter a 27-14 victory on Friday. Up next: at Lawrence Central. Previous: 9.

8. Carmel (4-3): The Greyhounds have now dropped two in a row after a 27-14 loss to Ben Davis. Carmel turned it over three times and rushed for just 128 yards. It gets no easier this week with Warren Central coming to visit. Previous: 5.

9. Center Grove (3-4): A 29-yard field goal by Austin Watson in the final seconds was the difference in a 24-21 home win over Pike. Daniel Weems rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. Up next: Lawrence North. Previous: 8.

10. Westfield (4-3): The Shamrocks have lost three in a row, but Friday’s 27-24 loss to Avon was closer than previous losses to Hamilton Southeastern and Brownsburg. Westfield rushed for 185 yards on Avon. Fishers visits this week. Previous: 10.

Dropped out: None

Class 5A Top 3

1. New Palestine (7-0): The Dragons picked up a second consecutive shutout with a 63-0 drubbing of Shelbyville. Up next: New Castle. Previous: 1.

2. Cathedral (4-2): The Irish delivered a strong message with a 28-7 win over Louisville Trinity. Impressive. Cathedral forced four turnovers and put up 342 yards of offense as Camden Jordan caught three of Orin Edwards’ four touchdown passes. Up next: at Brebeuf Jesuit. Previous: 2.

3. Decatur Central (5-2): The Hawks are riding a five-game winning streak after a 42-7 blowout over Greenwood. Decatur Central rushed for 244 yards (8.7 yards per carry) in the win. Up next: Perry Meridian. Previous: 3.

Dropped out: None

Class 4A Top 3

1. Mooresville (5-2): The Pioneers have played a couple nail-biters against Whiteland the past two seasons. Last year, it was a 21-17 road win. This year, a 17-13 home loss. Mooresville’s final drive deep in Whiteland territory came up short. Up next: at Martinsville. Previous: 1.

2. Mt. Vernon (5-2): The Marauders got the offense cranked up on Friday in a 61-20 win over New Castle, finishing with 434 yards of total offense. Up next: at Shelbyville. Previous: 2.

3. Pendleton Heights (4-3): Great win for the Arabians on Friday, a 28-22 victory over previously-unbeaten Delta. Pendleton Heights rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Up next: at 5-2 Yorktown. Previous: 3.

Dropped out: None

Class 3A Top 3

1. Bishop Chatard (6-1): Chatard walloped Normal West (Ill.) 56-8 on Friday in a game I would have expected to be closer. Andrew Sowinski, after catching four touchdown passes for 211 yards, now has 15 TD receptions on the season. Chatard is at Terre Haute North this week. Previous: 1.

2. Brebeuf Jesuit (6-1): The Braves picked up a 21-14 victory at Terre Haute South, a Class 5A team that was 5-1 coming into the game. Solid win. Jay Higgins finished with 23 tackles (!), which puts him third in the state. Up next: Cathedral. Previous: 2.

3. Guerin Catholic (5-2): The Golden Eagles posted their-second best point total of the season in a 34-23 victory over Pontiac Notre Dame (Mich.). Guerin rolled up 266 rushing yards, including 174 and three touchdowns from Gus Baumgartner. Guerin hosts Bloomfield Hills Rice (Mich.) this week. Previous: 3.

Dropped out: None

Class 2A/A Top 3

1. Western Boone (6-1): The Stars steamrolled Southmont 56-13, cashing in on a punt block, punt return for a touchdown and interception return for another score. Western Boone has now won 21 of its last 22 games, the only blemish a one-point loss to Western in Week 2 of this season. Up next: at Danville. Previous: 1.

2. Lutheran (6-0): It was close for a quarter. Lutheran exploded for four second-quarter touchdowns on its way to a 49-7 over Monrovia. The Saints host Speedway this week with a chance to wrap up the outright Indiana Crossroads Conference title. Previous: 2.

3. Scecina (5-2): David Baker to the rescue. The Indiana recruit made a highlight-reel catch with less than a minute left and Scecina converted the 2-point conversion for an 8-7 win over Triton Central. The Crusaders play Cardinal Ritter on Friday at Bishop Chatard. Previous: 3.

Dropped out: None

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