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1976 Indiana High School Football Season

Beginning in 1976, the IHSAA advanced the top two teams from each district to the postseason instead of only the top school. 

Contents

IHSAA State Champions


Class Champion Winning Coach
Class 3A Merrillville (11-1) Ken Haupt
Class 2A Mishawaka Marian (12-0) Mike Hecklinski
Class 1A Lafayette Central Catholic (11-2) Paul LaRocca

Polls & Rankings


Class AP Media UPI Coaches
Class 3A Valparaiso (10-0) Valparaiso (10-0)
Class 2A Mishawaka Marian (9-0)
Class 1A Jimtown (10-0)

Conference Champions


Conference Champion
Allen County Carroll (FW) (5-0)
Big Blue River
Blue Chip Springs Valley (3-0)
Central Indiana
Central Suburban
Duneland Valparaiso (6-0)
Eastern Indiana
Hoosier Hills Bedford North Lawrence
Indiana Lake Shore Hammond Morton (6-1) & Hammond Noll (6-1)
Lake Suburban Munster (6-0)
Mid-Indiana Football
Mid-Southern
Mid-State
Midwest South Newton (3-0)
North Central New Castle
Northeast Corner Prairie Heights (5-1) [tiebreaker was 12-6 win over Central Noble (5-1)]
Northeastern Indiana East Noble (6-1)
Northern Indiana Mishawaka (5-1) & South Bend Washington (5-1)
Northern Lakes Plymouth (7-0)
Northern State Jimtown (5-0)
Northwest Hoosier Knox (6-1) & North Newton (6-1)
Northwestern Gary Wallace (5-0)
Olympic
Pocket South Spencer (6-1) & Southridge (6-1)
Rangeline
Sagamore
South Central Jeffersonville (6-0)
SIAC Division 2A Jasper (6-0)
SIAC Division 3A Ev. Reitz (8-0)
Summit Fort Wayne Elmhurst 14, Fort Wayne Snider 7
North Division: Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-1) & Fort Wayne Snider (5-1)
South Division: Elmhurst (5-1)
Three Rivers Southwood (6-1)
Tri-Eastern
West Central
White River

City Champions


City Champion
Evansville Ev. Reitz (6-0)

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