Carroll's upset of seventh-ranked Penn last Friday in the semifinal round of the IHSAA Class 5A Football Sectional drew a lot of attention from around the state. Included in that group of admirers was the Indianapolis Colts, who selected Charger coach Doug Dinan as the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week.
The honor is part of a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
“In Penn, there's not a better program in the northern half of Indiana,” Dinan told the South Bend Tribune. “It was all about the resilience of our seniors to come here and get the job done.”
Dinan's team defeated the Kingsmen 14-13 in Granger and was Carroll's first win over the perennial powerhouse. This is the first time since 1990 that Penn will not be in a sectional final.
For the Chargers, this is their second straight sectional championship appearance following a 31-8 loss in the final a year ago to Penn.
The Kingsmen lined up to a kick a 41-yard field goal with 1.4 seconds left in regulation trailing by a single point. The hold was down, the kick went off, sailed wide left and the Chargers' celebration ensued.
Dinan is 22-12 in his third season as coach for the Chargers and this is Coach Dinan's as well as Carroll High School's first Coach of the Week honor.
The Chargers host South Bend Adams Friday for the Sectional 2 championship.
The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform the best available athletes into high potential football players through their hard work and dedication to young people.
All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach's impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.
Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be announced.
At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school's athletic fund.