Vikings Sail to Indy

North Posey vying for state 2A football title

It’s an exciting Thanksgiving week in Poseyville, Indiana.

For the first time since 2005, North Posey High School is playing for a state football championship. The Class 2A state title game between the 13-1 Vikings and 11-3 Bishop Luers High School from Fort Wayne, Indiana, kicks off at 10 a.m. Central on Nov. 25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

According to the Indianapolis Star, due to bankruptcy issues with the parent company of Bally Sports Indiana, the Indiana High School Athletic Association football state finals games won’t be on traditional TV.

The Star says the six championship games can be streamed on via pay-per-view for $15 per game or $20 for all games.

Three high school football teams from the Evansville area have captured state titles in recent years, including:

2017 and 2019: Reitz Memorial High School, Classes 3A and 4A

The Tigers have enjoyed a successful football program under Head Coach John Hurley, including its recent first state title in 2017 over Class 3A rival Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis and another in 2019 over East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana, after Memorial moved to Class 4A. The football squad has racked up multiple appearances at state.

2021: Gibson Southern High School, Class 3A

The Fort Branch, Indiana, Gibson Southern football team stood atop Class 3A in 2021, winning its first title in program history by topping Brebeuf 45-35 on Nov. 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

2022: Mater Dei High School, Class 2A

After multiple years of reaching the state championship — in 2001, 2011, 2014, and 2021 — the Wildcats finally reached the top by slipping by the Andrean High School 59ers from Merrillville, Indiana, 20-10. This season, the defending state champs’ 35-34 overtime loss to North Posey on Oct. 27 advanced the Vikings to their first sectional title — and now, state championship game — in nearly 20 years.

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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