Bloomington South junior running back Kristian Pechac announced Sunday via Twitter that he received a scholarship offer from Indiana.
This is Pechac’s first offer outside the state of Ohio, where he lived until his freshman year of high school. Pechac had previously received offers from Akron, Toledo, Kent State and Bowling Green. IU is also his first offer from a Power Five conference.
There could be more big-time offers coming for the 6-foot, 205-pound rusher. He ran for a South single-season record 2,043 yards in 2016, as well as a record 28 touchdowns. His 368 rushing yards in a regional win over Castle was the second-highest single-game total in South history.
It also makes sense for IU to be Pechac’s first Big Ten offer, not only because it’s his hometown, but also because his father, Mike, works for the program. He is the director of player development and academic enhancement at IU.
Mike Pechac said newly minted IU head coach Tom Allen’s first official scholarship offer was extended to his son. Allen, who was in his first year as IU’s defensive coordinator, ascended to head coach on Thursday when Kevin Wilson resigned. Allen coached at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis for nine seasons — defensive coordinator from 1998-2003 and head coach from ’04-06 — and he stated at his introductory press conference that he wanted to make in-state recruits a priority.
Bloomington South linebacker Tommy Richardson and Linton quarterback/safety Tyler Meurer were named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s top 50 list for 2016.
Along with Richardson and Meurer, a slew of area players made all-state teams for their respective classes.
Richardson’s inside-linebacking teammate, Sam Helm, made the Class 5A senior all-state team. Helm led the Panthers with 167 tackles on the year. On the junior all-state offense for Class 5A were South’s Gavin Yeskie (QB), Kristian Pechac (RB) and Chris Bomba (WR).
Linton, the Class 1A state champs, saw offensive lineman Bryer Pope and linebacker Avery Gentry make the senior all-state team. Juniors Chance Howard (DE) and Keaton Cox (LB/RB) made the junior team.
Eastern Greene, which won its first sectional in program history, got quarterback Jeff Graham on the senior all-state team, and wide receiver Caleb Hamilton made the junior team.
Richardson, the Herald-Times’ Defensive Player of the Year, helped lead the Panthers as a senior, posting 115 tackles, including nine for loss. Meurer, who split the H-T’s Offensive Player of the Year title with Yeskie, finished with 21 passing touchdowns, 32 rushing and five on defense/special teams.
Linton claimed its first state championship with a 34-20 win over Pioneer at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.
Tyler Meurer led the Miners (15-0) with 158 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries. As a team, Linton gained 274 yards on the ground. Defensively, the Miners contained Pioneer quarterback Jack Kiser to 102 yards on the ground and sacked the sophomore six times.
Linton took an early 6-0 lead following a blocked punt by senior Cody Corbin, followed by a 13-yard drive by the Miners with 5:49 left in the first quarter. Pioneer would tie the game at 6-all with 10:11 left in the second quarter, but Linton retook the lead heading into halftime, 13-6, thanks to a 53-yard pass from Meurer to Bill Smith with 1:47 left.
Pioneer came out and scored to start the second half with a 14-play, 79-yard drive but missed a two-point conversion try. Linton responded with a three-play, 62-yard drive in just 44 seconds, with Meurer breaking a 44-yard run for a touchdown. But the Miners’ extra point was blocked and it remained a seven-point spread, 19-12.
Only 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, however, Kiser scored on a one-yard rush and rushed for a two-point conversion to give Pioneer its only lead of the day, 20-19. Linton responded with a 10-play, 59-yard drive, which included two fourth-down conversions, and Meurer capped it with a five-yard run. Linton led 27-20 with 6:41 remaining.
Linton’s Keaton Cox then ended a drive with a hit on Pioneer’s pitch man, forcing and recovering a fumble to set up the Miners with the game-sealing touchdown, a seven-yard run for Muerer, with 1:59 remaining.