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Kiser adds all-state selection to long resume of honors

December 20, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pioneer quarterback Jack Kiser prefers to credit others for his success.

Instead, he keeps landing in the spotlight — and deservedly so.

After leading his school to two consecutive state titles and becoming the first Class A player to earn the prestigious Mr. Football Award, he headlines this year’s Associated Press Indiana all-state football teams.

“Going back-to-back and getting vengeance for my brother who lost in 2014,” Kiser said, explaining how he cherishes the honors that are piling up. “And to get in front of these fans who came out here, and win for them and going out on top as a senior, it’s hard to say what this means to me, my family and this community.”

While Pioneer lost to North Vermillion in the 2014 championship game, Kiser helped lead the Panthers to the highest point total in a Class A title game by flipping the script on North Vermillion in a 60-0 victory.

Kiser was a first team all-state defensive back last season and is headed to Notre Dame, where he is expected to play linebacker next season.

When Kiser arrives on campus in South Bend, he will take a resume that will be every bit as good as any of his teammates from bigger schools, including an 81-yard run in the first quarter of last month’s title game — the longest play from scrimmage in championship game history.

But Kiser never wanted to revel in awards. He just wanted to be a good teammate and help his school achieve some memorable feats.

“I don’t want people to remember me,” Kiser said. “I want people to remember this team. This team’s worked so hard and this group of seniors has worked so hard to get to this point. Our slogan was ‘How do you want to be remembered,’ and I think we’ll be remembered.”

Western Boone quarterback Spencer Wright tops the Class 2A all-state team after leading his school to its first state crown in 30 years. He rebounded from an injury in last month’s state title game to throw four touchdown passes in Western Boone’s 34-20 victory over Eastbrook.

“I was going to finish the game no matter what,” Wright said. “These are my brothers and I was going to stay in for them.”

West Lafayette running back Sage Hood earned his second straight all-state selection in Class 3A while Warren Central receiver David Bell headlined the Class 6A for the second straight year. Bell won the 2018 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year Award.

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