Silver Creek head coach David Papenahus named Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Week

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The Indianapolis Colts‘ Week 8 Coach of the Week award winner is David Papenhaus of Silver Creek High School (Sellersburg, Indiana). Papenhaus, in his second season as the school’s head football coach, has led his team to the 2020 Mid-Southern Conference.

After last week’s 42-14 win over Brownstown Central, which gave the Dragons’ their championship, Coach Papenahaus had the follow to say to the Courier Journal:

“It’s a big deal for the school. Before the game, we talked about how there’s very little things in your life that you get to do something that nobody else has done. They really embraced that thought and played great.”

David Papenhaus, Silver Creek head football coach via Courier Journal

-ranked Dragons (8-0) earned the school’s first ever Mid-Southern Conference Championship. Silver Creek is celebrating their tenth full season of football in Sellersburg, Ind. 

The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 8:

1Jeremy Lowery – LaPorte
2Nate Andrews – NorthWood
3Jared Sauder – Leo
4Chris Meeks – Rensselaer Central
5Alex Stewart – Western
6Greg Barrett – South Vermillion
7Ramon Stallings – Crispus Attucks
8Jordan McCaslin – Shenandoah
9Sean Coultis – Evansville Central

This season marks the 21st year the Colts are recognizing outstanding high school football coaches throughout the state. Each week following a high school football weekend, one coach will be announced as the honoree.

All high school head coaches in the state are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach’s impact on the team, school and community, as well as the team’s performance. The honorees are selected by a panel of football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from across the state.

At the conclusion of the high school season, each winning coach will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation, as well as a commemorative plaque. What’s more, Anthem will contribute an additional $1,000 to the school’s athletic fund, as well as a donation of about 2,000 meals to a food shelter of the coach’s choice.

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2020 Colts/NFL Coach of the Week Winners

Week 7 – Jason Ward – Tri-West

Week 6 – Chris Skinner – Andrean

Week 5 – Josh Shattuck – Elkhart

Week 4 – Mike Kirschner – Mt. Vernon

Week 3 – Mac Webb – Tell City

Week 2 – Bill Peebles – Cathedral

Week 1 – Jason Doerffler – Ft. Wayne Northrop

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Indianapolis – David Papenhaus of Silver Creek High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Indianapolis Colts said today. 

Papenhaus was nominated and selected for the award after leading his Dragons to a victory over Class 3A, No. 15-ranked Brownstown Central, 42-14. With the win, the Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Dragons (8-0) earned the school’s first ever Mid-Southern Conference Championship. Silver Creek is celebrating their tenth full season of football in Sellersburg, Ind. 

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