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The 2012 state finals brought Operation Football déjà vu. Four of the five state champions were repeat winners.
Lafayette Central Catholic shut out Scecina 14-0 to win the Class A championship. Kevin O'Shea is the first coach to win four consecutive state titles.
"Maybe in 25 years when I'm retired, sitting in my rocking chair on the front porch, sipping on lemonade, that's probably when it will sink in," he told us after his team's victory.
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers also won four in a row in Class 2A, beating Ritter 40-28 behind Jalen Smith, who later won Mr. Football.
In 3A, state finals regular Bishop Chatard beat first-timer Hamilton Heights 30-13. Three titles in a row and a state record of 12 overall for the Trojans.
In 4A, Cathedral won its third straight title. Ohio State recruit Terry McLaurin collected 268 total yards for the Irish. Cathedral scored a 4A record 56 points. Mishawaka had 29.
Lawrence Central achieved its first championship in Class 5A. The Bears pulled away from Fort Wayne Schneider 39-14 in a battle of unbeatens.
All five champions move up a class this year under the tourney's success system.