Indian Creek Football: Season Preview

There are football players who only seem to have a quarterback’s name.

Arjun Lothe falls into this category, although Indian Creek’s left-handed signal caller appears to have the ability to walk with it.

And the desire to showcase it is, well, next level – for good reason.

Lothe, a senior who joined from Center Grove ahead of the 2021-22 school year, was buried on the depth chart last season, appearing in just two games.

He will be behind center on Friday night when the Braves host Batesville.

“His football IQ is off the charts. Arjun has a 4.4 GPA, so that’s my number 1,” said Casey Gillin, Indian Creek first-year coach. “Second, the child is a leader. He is very positive and not afraid to speak up.

“The last thing is his ability. Arjun is accurate, throws with speed and his touch is very good.”

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

Statistically it was, although he did make an appearance against Brown County as well.

It hasn’t been easy for Lothe to watch games while standing on the sidelines rather than being on the field, but he’s approaching the experience in a positive way.

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

“You ask him a question and he answers and just goes on and on. One of my strengths is accuracy, but I’m still working on the tightness of the spiral, arm extension and hip engagement to hit the ball.”

Like any good leader, Lothe appreciates the teammates who put up with him. This group includes the beginning 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,” said Lothe. “All of these guys definitely know what they’re doing and are the heart of the offense.”

Players expected to emerge as top targets for Lothe include seniors Gerson Coroa and Jackson Heaston, junior Lance Butler, student Levi Pappas and freshman Jaxon Ramey.

Gillin, the 12th football coach in Indian Creek history, played QB for his father Mike, who coached the Braves from 2001 to 2016 and is the school’s all-time all-time winner (140).

One of the lessons he learned from his old man was the importance of being a sociable person.

“This is going to sound soft, but this team needed some love,” said Casey Gillin. “Someone who would be there and a coaching staff who would be there. They had to recognize structures and have someone to take care of them.

“The rest kind of comes after that. Put simply, the strength of this team is their attitude. You are ready.”

SCHEDULE 2022

date;opponent;time

August 19th; Batesville; 19 o’clock

26th of August; in Greenwood; 19 o’clock

September 2nd; in the Owen Valley; 19 o’clock

September 9th; Brown County; 19 o’clock

16th September; at Triton Central; 19 o’clock

September 23rd; at Edgewood; 19 o’clock

30. September; Brownstown Central; 19 o’clock

7 Oct; Sullivan; 19:30 o’clock

October 14; in Northview; 19 o’clock

SCOUTING THE BRAVE

Coaches: Casey Gillin

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

Important 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, sophomore

Top newcomers: 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: Indian Creek grad Gillin is returning to his alma mater to pursue victories in a very different role than two decades ago when he was the Braves’ record-breaking quarterback. The 2021 campaign was marked by three wins and two different head coaches as Indian Creek, previously over .500 in 20 straight seasons, stuttered to a 3-8 record. Eight of the 11 members of the current coaching staff have played or coached at Indian Creek, including Gillin, a 2003 graduate whose 8,806 career passing yards ranks Indiana 16th all-time.

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

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