Boys Varsity Football · 3A #2 West Lafayette (14-0) vs. #1 Evansville Memorial (14-0) Saturday for a State Championship

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium – 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225.

Kickoff: 2:30 pm CST / 3:30 pm EST

Gates Open: 10:00 am CST/ 11:00 am EST


Presentation of the IHSAA State Championship Trophy and Medals.

Tickets: $15.00 for All.  All seats general admission.  Children age 5 and younger are admitted at no charge. Lost tickets will not be replaced. A game ticket is required for admission- there will be no sign-ins.  Tickets will also be available at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office located on the southeast side of the venue at street level nearest Capitol Avenue.


Entrance/Exit: Memorial fans should enter at the West Gate of Lucas Oil Stadium, off of Missouri Street.  No Pass-Outs allowed.  All spectators will be required to purchase NEW ticket if exiting stadium at any point in game.  See Seating Map: State Finals Parking and Seating Maps

Seating: Memorial will be the home team on the West Side of Lucas Oil Stadium. *Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

                Memorial Fan Seating:  Sections 140 – 143 and 240 – 245

               Memorial Student Seating: Section 144

Post-game Team Celebration:  Parents, Fans, and Student-body will celebrate with team in the upper concourse of the North Endzone.  Please note:  All Fans, Parents, and Student Body MUST remain in seating sections during and immediately following the game.  NO FIELD ACCESS (win or lose) WILL BE ALLOWED.  We thank you for your cooperation.   

Additional Parking Map: State Finals Indianapolis Parking

Outside Food and Drink: Outside Food and Drink are NOT  allowed in facility.  Note: Diocesan policy prohibits the use of alcohol and tobacco products at all school events.

Spectators: Individual Spectators are authorized to personally take still photography at Tournament events for strictly personal use and from the seating area ONLY.


1. Banners and posters are not allowed.
2.  No battery powered or electronic noise makers, fireworks, recorded music, sirens or whistles are allowed.  Cow-bells are NOT allowed.
3.  Throwing of articles, including toilet tissue and baby powder, is not allowed.
4.  No live animal mascots are permitted at anytime.

Radio Broadcast: ESPN 97.7 FM WREF, WEAO 98.5 FM, IHSAA Champions Radio Network

Webcast: Indiana Sports Radio Network – and

Television: Fox Sports Indiana – IHSAA Champions Network TV

Print Media: Evansville Courier and Press

Championship Game Notables:  EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL TIGERS (14-0) Associated Press Poll: #1 IFCA Coaches Poll: #1

  • Defending state champion Evansville Memorial playing in fourth state title game and looking to repeat as 3A state champions.
  • Tigers are on a 22-game win streak including 11 straight in tournament play.
  • With a victory, team would become first in school history to finish 15-0.
  • Tigers rank sixth in the state in scoring (47.9 ppg) and seventh in margin of victory (34.1 ppg).
  • Has scored a school record 670 points (previous mark of 549 set last year).
  • Team will face fourth consecutive ranked foe in second ranked West Lafayette.
  • Tigers turned away #8 Gibson Southern 56-28 for its third straight sectional crown, #7 Brownstown Central 56-14 in the regional, and #3 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 42-17 for the semi-state title.
  • Repeated as champions of the Southern Indiana Conference this season with a 7-0 record this season.
  • Defeated 4A state finalist and conference rival Evansville Central 47-27 on Sept. 28.
  • Eleventh-year head coach John Hurley is 87-53 at Memorial. He will be coaching in his fourth title contest having led the Tigers to last year’s state title and runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009, his first two years in charge.
  • Tigers are 74-31 (.704) all-time in state tournament games.

Memorial Season Notes: (researched by Mike Skvara):

  • RECORD SETTING SEASON: Memorial has scored a school record 670 points. The old record was 549 set by the 2017 3A state championship squad. The Tigers are on a 22 game win streak including 11 straight victories in State Tournament play. Memorial had a 40 game non-losing streak (35 wins & 5 ties) during the 1934-1938 seasons.
  • FAMILY TIES: Head Coach John Hurley is the father of junior WR Dawson Hurley and uncle to senior QB Michael Lindauer. Also Lindauer is a cousin to Dawson and to brothers senior WR Branson Combs and junior DE Brock Combs.
  • FIRST HALF SUCCESS: Memorial has outscored their opponents this year 447-50 in the first half of play. Also the Tigers have shutout 8 of their opponents in the first two quarters.
  • TIGERS GET DEFENSIVE: The Memorial defense has 38 takeaways (19 interceptions & 19 fumble recoveries) They also have 65 tackles for loss and 31 QB sacks. The Tigers had 7 takeaways (5 interceptions & 2 fumble recoveries) plus an onside kick off recovery against Indianapolis Chatard in the semi-state 42-17 win. The Memorial defense scored 4 touchdowns (3 interception returns and a fumble return) in that contest.
  • A BIG PLUS IN THE TURNOVER DEPARTMENT: Memorial is a plus 22 in the takeaways (38) to turnovers (16) ratio.
  • MICHAEL LINDAUER BY THE NUMBERS:  The senior QB ranks 6th all time in the current IHSAA career passing yards record book with 10, 465 yards. Just ahead of him is:  in 5th place is Mike Vlahageorge (Lafayette Jeff) 10,757; in 4th place Clayton Richards (McCutchen) 10,777. Lindauer leads all classes in 2018 with 3,518 passing yards. He has 46 TD passes and 5 interceptions. For his career he has thrown 122 TD passes with 31 int. He has complete a pass in 51 career games. In 47 of those games he has thrown at least one touchdown pass. Michael has thrown for at least one TD pass in every contest in the 2018 season.
  • BRANSON COMBS BY THE NUMBERS: The senior WR ranks 5th all time in the current IHSAA career receiving yards record book with 3,544 yards. Just ahead of him is: in 4th place Jason McCormick (North Montgomery) 3,607. Combs is the top yardage receiver in 3A and ranks third in the state in all classes. He has caught a pass in 49 career games.  In 30 of those games he has at least one touchdown reception.
  • AHEAD MOST OF THE TIME: Memorial never trailed on the scoreboard in the regular season. Twice in Tournament play they have been behind.  7-0 & 14-7 for 5:56 versus Gibson Southern in sectional play and 3-0 for 13:15 against Indianapolis Chatard in the semi-state.
  • TOP TIGERS DEFENDERS: Senior LB Max Goodwin leads with 103 tackles. Junior DL Brock Combs is tops in tackles for loss with 11 & 10.5 QB sacks and 3 caused fumbles. Senior LB Branson Combs leads with 5 interceptions while juniors DL Logan Johnson & LB Will Brackett are tied for the lead with 3 fumble recoveries.    

IHSAA Membership: 1942-present First Football State Tournament Appearance: 1985 (first year for the all-in tournament format)

  • State Champion (1) 2017 (3A)
  • Runner-Up (2) 2008 (3A), 2009 (3A)
  • State Finals Appearances (4) 2008 (3A), 2009 (3A), 2017 (3A), 2018 (3A)
  • Semi-State Champion (4) 2008 (3A), 2009 (3A), 2017 (3A), 2018(3A)
  • Regional Champion (9) 1985 (3A), 1988 (3A), 1991 (3A), 1992 (3A), 1993 (3A), 2008 (3A), 2009 (3A), 2017 (3A), 2018 (3A)
  • Sectional Champion (13) 1985 (3A), 1987 (3A), 1988 (3A), 1991 (3A), 1992 (3A), 1993 (3A), 1998 (3A), 2008 (3A), 2009 (3A), 2011 (3A), 2016 (3A), 2017 (3A), 2018 (3A)

School’s IHSAA State Championship History (20)

  • Baseball (3) 1978, 1989, 1993
  • Girls Basketball (1) 2011 (3A)
  • Football (1) 2017 (3A)
  • Boys Soccer (4) 2007, 2008, 2016 (2A), 2017 (2A)
  • Girls Soccer (4) 1996, 2008, 2012 (2A), 2017 (2A) So[ ball (1) 2002 (2A)
  • Girls Tennis (6) 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2012

3A Tournament Bracket: 2018 Football State Tournament

2017 Football State Finals Preview: 2018 State Football Preview