The Indiana Football Coaches Association revealed its preseason poll for the 2019 high school football season on Monday morning.
Area programs were well represented in the six classes.
In a bit of a headscratcher, Snider did not crack the top 10 in the Class 6A poll, with the Panthers coming in at No. 11. Half of the top 10 is made up of Indy-area schools, with Carmel atop the poll.
In Class 5A, newcomer Bishop Dwenger begins the campaign at No. 3 while also picking up a single first-place vote. Defending state champion New Palestine is ranked No. 1.
After consecutive undefeated regular seasons, Angola gets some pre-season love from the coaches with its No. 5 ranking in Class 4A. East Noble and Wayne received votes in the class. Interestingly, the Generals received a first-place vote, perhaps in reference to Wayne’s one-point sectional loss to eventual 4A champion Bishop Dwenger a season ago.
In Class 3A, Concordia is the lone area team received any attention from the coaches. The Cadets begin the year at No. 9. Defending state champion West Lafayette earned all 10 first-place votes.
Returning to Class 2A for the first time since its 2012 state championship, the 11th such title in program history, Bishop Luers begins the season ranked No. 4 in the class. Defending champion Western Boone is No. 1.
Woodlan and Blackford received votes in Class 2A.
There is plenty of local representation in Class 1A, with three of the top six ranked teams residing in northeast Indiana. South Adams begins the year No. 3 and Adams Central No. 4. The two schools residing barely 15 minutes away from each other also earned a combined five first-place votes.
Coach Paul Sade and the Churubusco Eagles kick off 2019 with a No. 6 ranking. The top-ranked team in Class 1A is Indianapolis Lutheran.