football teams arouse fan excitement
Pictured above, Milan Indian senior Cory Strunk #23,
makes his way to the goal line to score the final
TD of regular season action behind solid blocking
from the tribe's offensive line. Strunk opened with
the first TD of the game for the Indians as well,
with TD's added by teammates senior Kurtis Kimla #25
and junior Scott Pennington #10. Pennington scored
three PAT's in their 27-0 victory over the Triton
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
HS Head Football Coach Ryan Langferman's 2011 football teams
are proving there's more than just smoke blowing around in
The win set coach Langferman's overall record over his seven
years as head coach of the Indians at 42-35. Senior Cory Strunk
ranked 1st in state and 15th nationally in polls of October
The IFCA (Indiana Football Coaches Association) as of October
14 placed three Indians in the state's Class 1A top 10. They
included senior Cory Strunk, senior quarterback Zack Lewis
and junior Scott Pennington. The tribe as a unit also ranked
3rd overall in total offense among Class 1A teams statewide
prior to the 27-0 victory over TC. On October 17, they were
ranked 5th by the IFCA.
The varsity Indians secured a 5-0 MIFC (Mid Indiana Football
Conference) championship title with a last regular season
game 27-0 victory over the hosting Triton Central Tigers at
The win ended the tribe's regular season action with a 8-1
record, having fallen only to the Batesville Bulldogs early
in the year.
The Indian team is preparing to open their extended season
sectional action at home on Friday, October 21, against the
visiting Springs Valley Black Hawks with an 8:00 p.m. kickoff.
The two teams have never met on the playing field prior to
this upcoming battle.
The Milan Indian football team's record over the years to
date include: conference championships in '69, '83, '92, '94,
'95, '96, '97, '98 and 2008, sectional championships in '95,
'96, '00 and 2010 and a regional championship title in 1996.
The Milan Indian team of '96 was the last to win a conference
Added to the varsity team's positive regular season finale
this past week, the JV secured a winning season of 6-2 after
dual week wins over Brownstown and Indianapolis Tindley. The
middle school team defeated North Decatur and the A Gold and
B Gold Milan youth football league teams won championships
over South Decatur and Greensburg White respectively.
Coach Langferman commented, "What a week for Milan football,
six wins and three championships!"
The FOMF (Friends of Milan Football) are hosting another "War
Party" on Thursday evening, October 20, in the MHS parking
lot to prepare for a Springs Valley scalping on Friday, October
21. Tailgating is to begin at 5:30 p.m.
The FOMF will furnish hamburgers, hot dogs and buns. Seniors
are to bring drinks - pop, water, gatorade, etc., juniors
chips, sophomores a dish to share, dips, salads, fruit, etc.,
and freshmen - desserts.
The attending public is asked to bring a dish to share.
Also bring your lawn chairs and games, etc. No alcoholic beverages
please. Remember, Milan is a tobacco free campus.