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Indian Creek Football: Season Preview

There are football players who just seem to have the name of a quarterback.

Arjun Lothe falls into this category, although the left-handed Indian Creek flagman seems to have the ability to go along with him.

And the desire to show it off is, well, next level — for good reason.

Lothe, a senior who transferred from Center Grove ahead of the 2021-22 school year, was buried on the depth board last season and only appeared in two games.

He’ll be behind center Friday night when the Braves host Batesville.

“His football IQ is off the charts. Arjun has a 4.4 GPA, so he’s No. 1 with me,” Indian Creek freshman coach Casey Gillin said. is that the child is a leader. He is very positive and not afraid to speak up.

“The last thing is his ability. Arjun is precise, throws with velocity and his touch is very good.

Lothe, who is 6-foot-4 and weighs 175 pounds, completed 3 of 4 passes for 56 yards and a score at the end of last season’s 29-7 loss to Triton Central.

Statistically speaking, that was it, although he also appeared against Brown County.

Watching games unfold from the sidelines rather than being on the pitch hasn’t been easy for Lothe, but he approaches the experience positively.

“It made me better and taught me to keep fighting,” Lothe said. “Around November or December Coach Gillin took the job and it was so comfortable. A lot of coaches would say something and that’s it. Coach Gillin will tell you why it will make you better.

“You ask him a question, and he will answer and keep moving forward. One of my strengths is precision, but I’m still working on tightness of the spiral, extending the arms and using the hips to drive the ball.

Like any good leader, Lothe appreciates teammates who break huddles with him. This group includes the starting offensive line of left tackle Logan Porter, left guard Tyrus Wolf (or Chance White), center Ethan Thacker, right guard Daniel Foster and right tackle Wyatt Reason.

“Our O line is phenomenal,” Lothe said. “All of these guys really know what they’re doing and are in the thick of the attack.”

Among the players expected to become Lothe’s top targets are seniors Gerson Coroa and Jackson Heaston, junior Lance Butler, second Levi Pappas and rookie Jaxon Ramey.

Gillin, the 12th football coach in Indian Creek history, played as a QB for his father, Mike, who coached the Braves from 2001-16 and is the school’s all-time leader in terms of wins (140).

Lessons learned from her old man include the importance of being a people person.

“It’s going to sound sweet, but this team needed some love,” Casey Gillin said. “Somebody who was going to be there, and a coaching staff who was going to be there. They needed to see the structure and have someone to look after them.

“The rest falls into place after that. The strength of this team, quite simply, is the attitude. They are ready.

2022 SCHEDULE

Date;Opponent;Time

August 19; Batesville; 7 p.m.

August 26; in Greenwood; 7:00 p.m.

September 2; in Owen Valley; 7 p.m.

September 9; Brown County; 7 p.m.

September 16; at Triton Central; 7 p.m.

September 23; in Edgewood; 7 p.m.

September 30; Brownstown Central; 7 p.m.

October 7; Sullivan; 7:30 p.m.

October 14; in Northview; 7 p.m.

SCOUT THE BRAVE

Coach: Casey Gillin

Last season: 3-8, lost to Danville in the second round of the Class 3A section

Main returnees: OL/DL Daniel Foster and OL/DL Wyatt Reason, seniors; WR/DB Lance Butler, LB Hunter Eader, OL/DL Logan Porter, RB/DB Jalen Sauer and LB Kohlton Scoggan, juniors; RB/DB Malachi Mink, second year

Top new arrivals: WR/DB Gerson Caroa, QB Arjun Lothe, OL/DL Ethan Thacker and LB Matt Ward, seniors; OL/DL Larry Hicks and LB Garrett Johnson, juniors

Outlook: Former Indian Creek Gillin returns to his alma mater in search of wins in a role entirely different from when he was the Braves’ record quarterback two decades ago. The 2021 campaign featured three wins and two different head coaches as Indian Creek, previously above .500 in 20 straight seasons, went to a 3-8 record. Eight of the 11 current coaching staff have played or coached at Indian Creek, including Gillin, a 2003 graduate whose 8,806 career passing yards rank 16th all-time at Indiana.

“It’s not just me,” Gillin said. “We have guys coming out of carpentry who played at Indian Creek. I think it’s really important because the players see how much we want to win and how much passion we have for school.