Perry Meridian 83, Decatur 78 - high scoring game makes top 10
Perry Meridian High School football coach Scott Marsh said he witnessed the "perfect storm" on Friday night and the story from The Indianapolis Star says it had nothing to do with the lightning bolts that dominated the skies in Central Indiana.
Marsh's Perry Meridian team defeated Decatur Central 83-78 on Friday, a score more fitting for a basketball game (Decatur Central defeated Perry Meridian 71-67 in basketball last season).
"It was definitely a perfect storm," Marsh said. "Both offenses are obviously really good, and probably played to the weaknesses of both defenses. The heat (mid-90 temperatures at kickoff) was also a factor because we had some two-way guys that could only play one side or the other and the tempo was fast.
"But it wasn't like there was a bunch of turnovers and cheap scores. It was really good offensive execution by both teams."
According to records published by the National Federation of State High School Associations, both Decatur Central (875) and Perry Meridian (828) cracked the top-10 nationally in total yardage for a single game all-time. The record was set by Bay St. Louis St. Stanislaus (Miss.) with 937 last season; Decatur Central's total would rank fourth and Perry Meridian's eighth.
The Indiana high school record for most points by a team in a single game is 156 by Linton in 1924. IHSAA spokesman Jason Wille said there is not a listing for most combined points in a single game.
Friday's game was back-and-forth all night, with neither team leading by more than eight points. Decatur Central, which rushed for 657 yards, led 36-35 at halftime.
After Perry Meridian went ahead with 1:14 left, Decatur Central's Hail Mary attempt on the game's final play went unanswered.
"Both sides have dynamic quarterbacks, so people expected a shootout," Decatur Central coach Justin Dixson said. "But probably not 83-78. I think it hurts if you lose 83-78 or 15-10. You have to evaluate what's working and try to get the right guys on the field. You can't get wrapped up in the score."
Decatur Central is 0-2 despite averaging 64 points a game. The Hawks lost 58-50 to Franklin Central in the opener last week.