INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - If Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central wants to make a deep run in the state playoffs, they’ll have to continue to get great play from their seniors, quarterback Jeff George and defensive end Max Hernandez.
George will try and guide Warren Central to a state championship.
Both were sound in a big 34-28 win over fellow Midwest power Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier last Friday at home.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound George has an offer from Illinois, where his father Jeff George played, and he remains in contact with schools including Indiana and Purdue.
“He’s awesome,” Warren Central coach Jayson West said. “The poor kid has had three systems in three years. He has so much information in his head sometimes, and because he’s highly intelligent, he overanalyzes things. Things are starting to slow down for him and he’s starting to make better plays and make better checks.”
George heads into the state tournament having thrown for 1,140 yards and 16 touchdowns to eight interceptions, leading the Warriors to a 6-3 record against a challenging schedule.
“He’s our hardest worker in the weight room,” West said. “Most importantly, he’s mentally coming along and knows what we’re asking him to execute, and when a quarterback can do that he becomes very dangerous.”
Very dangerous describes Max Hernandez.
Also an All-State wrestler that finished third as a junior in the 220-pound weight class, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Hernandez is one of the state’s top defensive linemen. He was very disruptive in the win over St. Xavier, controlling the line of scrimmage.
“He’s a wrecking crew,” West stated. “He’s a heck of a football player. One of the best I’ve seen. Most importantly, he’s a great kid. A great young man.”
Hernandez is one of the Hoosier State's top defensive linemen.
Hernandez began his prep career as a linebacker but grew into a defensive lineman. He’s also arguably the state’s top kicker. He wants to be a pilot and is hoping to see interest spike from Air Force and Purdue.
“There are a lot of places that need to get on him,” West said.
Warren Central Quick Hitters
-Junior safety Mykelti Williams recently added his third offer from Akron. The Zips joined Indiana and Ole Miss in extending a scholarship to the 6-foot, 195-pound Williams, who will be one of Indiana's most coveted players in 2015. Williams has been playing through injury all season but says he should be about 100 percent for the postseason. Despite being banged up, Williams has still been strong coming up and playing the run, and glides around in the secondary in space and can also cover when asked.
-The Warriors spread the ball around in their running attack, but junior Tirone Young has emerged as the top threat. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Young finds his top-end speed quickly when carrying the football. He is one of the state's top backs in his class. He finished with 20 carries for 74 yards against St. Xavier, and has 607 yards rushing on just 108 carries including a long of 66 yards and three touchdowns this fall.