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A look at four teams off to a hot start

There are a few teams that are turning heads early this season with big wins giving their respective programs a 2-0 start.
Indiana Preps takes a look at the four teams that are making the most noise early on.

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Roncalli (2-0)
Wins: 6A Southport, 6A Franklin Central
Roncalli Rebels came into the season ranked in the top 5 for class 4A,in several polls. With early statement wins against two quality 6A programs, the road doesn’t get any smoother for the Rebels. Tough test against 3A power Bishop Chatard on Friday, followed up by a visit to a stout Plainfield team, will prove if the Rebels are for real. If this team can navigate their way through this tough stretch, they should be the favorite each week moving forward.

Brownsburg (2-0)
Wins: 5A Bloomington South, 6A Lawrence North
Brownsburg is 2-0 for the first time since 2012. A testament to new Head Coach John Hart. Brownsburg edged out wins over 5A contender Bloomington South and the MIC’s Lawrence North in their first two weeks of action. The Bulldogs should be the favorites in their upcoming game, likely to give them a 3-0 start. However things get tougher as they open up conference play with rival Avon. I don’t expect the Bulldogs to sweep the remainder of their schedule, but being competitive in those match-ups, is a step forward in the right direction for Hart and company.

Lawrence Central (2-0)
Wins: 5A McCutcheon, 3A Chatard
The Lawrence Central Bears will likely match their win total from the 2015 season by this time next week. New Head Coach Bill Peebles has lit a fire in Bears country by igniting a offense that is putting teams away early. The new regime on the defensive staff has set a precedent with two shutouts in a row. A defense led by division one recruit, linebacker Cameron McGrone, the Bears defense has been stellar. Cathedral transfer quarterback Donyell Meredith has added a dimension of athleticism and passing, that resembles the Peebles era at Southport. Lawrence Central should be favorites in their match-up against city rival Lawrence North at Lucas Oil stadium on Friday. The real test is when the Bears make a visit to top ranked Warren Central in two weeks.

Hamilton Southeastern (2-0)
Wins: 6A Carmel, 6A North Central
With the most impressive win out of this list of teams, the Royals have already proven they will be a legitimate competitor for the 6A crown. It is quite possible this team runs the table and claims the HCC title outright barring injury or lack of focus. The Royals have tremendous talent on both their offensive and defensive lines. Defensive end Madison Norris is quite possibly a national recruit as he continues to grow into his 6’5 frame. Quarterback Adam Mullet has been lights out, completing 57 percent of his passes, while tossing 4 touchdowns and protecting the football with only 1 interception. Junior running back Jackson Sweeney is a weapon on the ground. If the Royals can get by rival Fishers, it’s safe to say they will have a seat at the table come playoff time.

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