The Cadets did not just dominate Lawrenceburg in the 56-14 victory, it emphatically made its mark on the state finals record books.
Coach Tim Mannigel's squad set eight championship records and tied four others. A team making its first-ever appearance in the state title game made its home at Lucas Oil Stadium, seldom showing the nervousness or timidity sometimes seen from teams playing in the cavernous facility for the first time.
Hyped as a worrisome threat that could roll over the Concordia defense, 3,000-yard rusher Austin Bowling fought his way to 154 yards on 29 carries. It felt like he gained half that, with the Tigers out of the game by halftime as Concordia scored the first 49 points of the game.
The Pig has seen many a state finals game with stalwarts Snider, Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers. Saturday's romp may have been as enjoyable as any of the titles won by the Big Three.
Perhaps it is because Concordia has at times been the SAC's punching bag, winning two or less games in a season on three different occasions since 2010.
Perhaps it is because the Cadets' style of play is just plain fun, much like watching Snider a season ago.
Or perhaps it's just that The Pig is a big fan of Coach Mannigel.
There was genuine emotion on the sideline and in the crowd following the big victory. This is a program and a fan base seldom busy with football activities on Thanksgiving weekend. Typically, all the attention has turned to the hardwood and that infernal game of basketball.
But this year was different.
It was a team that slugged its way through the SAC, taking its lumps from the likes of Homestead and Snider and sharpening its skills in wins against Carroll, Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers (twice). It destroyed 3A competition in the playoffs, winning by an average score of 53-21.
So when The Pig broke down this game, he saw a rout. A big one. He predicted 50-28, giving Lawrenceburg some credit for its 13 victories and 47.3 scoring average.
Turned out, he overestimated the Tigers.
There is no overestimating the Concordia Cadets.
More InformationA RECORD-SETTING DAY
OVERALL STATE TITLE GAME RECORDS BROKEN
Most passing touchdowns (team): 6 (old record: 5 by Bloomington South, 1998, Carmel, 2009 and New Palestine, 2014.
Most passing touchdowns (individual): 6, Peter Morrison (old record: 5 by Rex Grossman, Bloomington South, 1998, Adam Shaffer, Carmel, 2009 and Alex Neligh, New Palestine, 2014.
CLASS 3A STATE TITLE GAME RECORDS BROKEN
Most yards passing (team): 388 (old record: 349 by Brebeuf Jesuit, 2013)
Total offensive yards (team): 614 (old record: 465 by Tri-West, 2014)
Most first downs: 23 (old record: 22 by Zionsville, 2000 and Andrean, 2014)
Most first downs by passing: 15 (old record: 14 by Brebeuf Jesuit, 2013)
Most yards passing (individual): 376, Peter Morrison (old record: 279 by Jake Hendershot, Tri-West, 2014)
Longest touchdown pass: 70 yards from Peter Morrison to Andrew Bordner (old record: 67 yards from Jeff Beck to Erik Pearce, Tipton, 1988)
CLASS 3A STATE TITLE GAMES TIED
Most points: 56 (tied record set by Bishop Dwenger, 1990)
Most points in a half: 35 (tied record set by Bishop Chatard, 2003)
Most touchdown receptions: 2 each by Mark Mallers and Kamari Anderson-Drew (tied record set by Joe Bejin III, Carmel, 1978 and Jamie Johnson, Andrean, 2014)
Most interceptions: 2 by Kayoni Griggs (tied record set by several players)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 56, LAWRENCEBURG 14
CL - Kamari Anderson-Drew 62 pass from Peter Morrison (Morrison kick), 6:37.
CL - Anderson-Drew 32 pass from Morrison (Morrison kick), 4:23.
CL - Peterson Kerlegrand 18 pass from Morrison (Morrison kick), :36.
CL - Andrew Bordner 70 pass from Morrison (Morrison kick), 9:48.
CL - Mark Mallers 38 pass from Morrison (Morrison kick), 3:59.
CL - Peterson Kerlegrand 20 run (Morrison kick), 5:27.
CL - Mallers 10 pass from Morrison (Mason Kaschinske kick), 10:57.
L - Hunter Privett 3 run (Parker Hahn kick), 8:12.
CL - Peterson Kerlegrand 55 run (Kaschinske kick), 7:16.
L - Jonah Rolfes 37 pass from Reid Strobl (Hahn kick), 4:17.
Rushing: CL/Peterson Kerlegrand 17-199, Preston Kerlegrand 2-9, Morrison 2-9, Mallers 1-5, Nicholas Craddock 5-4; L/Austin Bowling 29-154, Mason Parris 2-4, Privett 1-3, Strobl 4-0.
Passing: CL/Morrison 17-25-0 376 yards, Jacob Doerffler 1-1-0 12 yards; L/Strobl 7-22-2 115 yards.
Receiving: CL/Mallers 6-117, Peterson Kerlegrand 5-39, Anderson-Drew 3-117, Colton Grahovac 2-33, Bordner 1-70, Nathan Linnemeier 1-12; L/Ben Murphy 4-46, Privett 2-38, Darin Ricketts 1-(-6), Rolfes 1-37.