CULVER — Culver Academy’s Head Coach Andy Dorrel has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Dorrel was selected after his Eagles defeated Lafayette Central Catholic, ending a 48-game win streak dating back to 2008.
The Culver Academy Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season with a thrilling 14-12 win over Class A No. 1 ranked Lafayette Central Catholic on Friday night at historic Oliver Field in Culver, ending the Knights’ 48-game winning streak.
CMA’s Joel Tinney broke a 66-yard run to set up a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Eagles safety Beau Ecksten intercepted Ty Preston on Central Catholic’s 2-point conversion later in the fourth to preserve the lead, handing the Knights their first lost since Oct. 31, 2008 where they fell to Sheridan 34-28 in the second round of sectionals. Lafayette Central Catholic had won three straight Class A State Championships, all of which followed an undefeated season. The streak was the second longest in Indiana High School Football history. It was also the nation’s longest active high school football winning streak.
“Our boys showed tremendous resiliency and resolve tonight. We had our backs against the wall again, but our defense rose to the challenge,” said Dorrell after the game.
“I’m just very proud of our coaching staff and our kids, and the opportunity to win a game like this is very special in high school football.”
Coach Dorrel is in his 15th season with Culver Academy. This is his second Colts Coach of the Week honor after earning the distinction in week five of the 2005 season following a 21-10 victory over Brebeuf Jesuit.
The 2012 season marks the 13th year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform the best available athletes into high potential football players through their hard work and dedication to young people.
All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach’s impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.
Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be announced. Coach Pagano will also announce each week’s winner in his weekly press conference.
At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school’s athletic fund.