The final game of the 2015 high school season was played on Sunday night. South Warren wrapped up a 15-0 season with a 36-6 win over Johnson Central. The Spartans’ defense stood strong once again and led their school to their first state title.
South Warren jumped out to a big lead in the first half. While their defense was keeping field position in their favor, the Spartans offense was running all over Johnson Central. Kayron Namvong and Ryder Litten set up the passing game with strong games on the ground. South Warren kicked a field goal after a long first drive. Leading 3-0, Litten hit Chase Japp for a 24-yard score to extend the lead to 9-0. South Warren’s defense provided the next score with fumble return for a touchdown by Devante Colton. Austin McElwain forced the fumble and finished with seven tackles, two for loss. Namvong would score on a nine yard run with seven minutes remaining in the second half to give the Spartans a 22-0 lead at the half. Johnson Central was known for their strong rushing game all season long. But South Warren’s front line held the Golden Eagles for the entire first half. JCHS would finally break out when Bryce Skaggs ran 68 yards for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the third quarter. South Warren’s defense must have taken that one to heart because they responded in a big way. Skaggs fumbled at the JCHS six yard line in the final minute of the third quarter and Jacob Wilde scooped it and ran it in. Leading 29-6 in the fourth, South Warren would tack on another score when McElwain ran in from eight yards out.
Kayon Namvong carried a lot of the weight for the Spartans on offense. Namvong ran 27 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. Ryder Litten threw for 154 yards and ran for 50. Bryan Cummings lead the Spartans with 78 receiving yards and also picked off two passes.
The 36-6 win was South Warren’s first state championship in school history. The Spartans have been competing on the varsity level since 2011. South Warren’s defense was one of the best in state history. SWHS allowed double figures only twice this season and 89 total in 15 games. If you added up all the points South Warren’s opponents scored in the postseason, the Spartans would still have beaten them in the title game (36-34). South Warren held Johnson Central’s strong rushing attack to an average of 3.6 yards per carry and only 90 yards total. They picked off Bryce Workman twice and recovered two fumbles for touchdowns in the championship.