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1983 Indiana High School Football Season

One flaw with the original playoff structure was that a school that finished undefeated might not get a chance to advance to the postseason. To solve this, the IHSAA added a fourth class in 1983. For the first time, a team could now play their way into the playoffs.

Every school in the state was divided into one of 64 clusters. Each class would have sixteen clusters, and each cluster had five to six teams. Each cluster champion advanced to the postseason.

Also, the regular season was started one week earlier to eliminate teams the need for mid-week sectionals.

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IHSAA State Champions


Class Champion Winning Coach
Class 4A Penn (14-0) Chris Geesman
Class 3A Ft. Wayne Dwenger (14-0) Andy Johns
Class 2A Indpls. Chatard (14-0) Chuck Schwanekamp
Class 1A Fountain Central (13-1) Rick Malone

Polls & Rankings


Class AP Media UPI Coaches
Class 4A Castle (10-0) Castle (10-0)
Class 3A Ft. Wayne Dwenger (10-0) Ft. Wayne Dwenger (10-0)
Class 2A Indpls. Chatard (10-0) Indpls. Chatard (10-0)
Class 1A Tri-West (10-0) Jimtown (9-1)

Cluster Champions


Cluster Champion
Class 4A Cluster 1 Munster
Class 4A Cluster 2 Hobart
Class 4A Cluster 3 Portage
Class 4A Cluster 4 Michigan City Elston
Class 4A Cluster 5 Penn
Class 4A Cluster 6 Ft. Wayne Northrop
Class 4A Cluster 7 Carmel
Class 4A Cluster 8 Anderson Highland
Class 4A Cluster 9 Anderson
Class 4A Cluster 10 North Central (Indpls.)
Class 4A Cluster 11 Indpls. Washington
Class 4A Cluster 12 Lawrence North
Class 4A Cluster 13
Class 4A Cluster 14
Class 4A Cluster 15 Jeffersonville
Class 4A Cluster 16 Castle (4-0)
Class 3A Cluster 17 Hammond
Class 3A Cluster 18 Griffith
Class 3A Cluster 19 South Bend St. Joseph's
Class 3A Cluster 20 Concord
Class 3A Cluster 21 New Haven
Class 3A Cluster 22 Ft. Wayne Dwenger
Class 3A Cluster 23
Class 3A Cluster 24
Class 3A Cluster 25
Class 3A Cluster 26
Class 3A Cluster 27 Roncalli (Indpls.)
Class 3A Cluster 28 Plainfield
Class 3A Cluster 29 Rushville
Class 3A Cluster 30 Seymour
Class 3A Cluster 31 Vincennes Lincoln (4-0)
Class 3A Cluster 32 Jasper (4-0)
Class 2A Cluster 33
Class 2A Cluster 34
Class 2A Cluster 35 Lakeland
Class 2A Cluster 36 Ft. Wayne Luers
Class 2A Cluster 37 Oak Hill
Class 2A Cluster 38 Western
Class 2A Cluster 39 Crawfordsville
Class 2A Cluster 40 Edgewood
Class 2A Cluster 41 Speedway
Class 2A Cluster 42 Indpls. Chatard
Class 2A Cluster 43 New Palestine
Class 2A Cluster 44 Yorktown
Class 2A Cluster 45
Class 2A Cluster 46
Class 2A Cluster 47 Providence
Class 2A Cluster 48 Ev. Mater Dei (5-0)
Class 1A Cluster 49 Winamac
Class 1A Cluster 50 Bremen
Class 1A Cluster 51
Class 1A Cluster 52
Class 1A Cluster 53
Class 1A Cluster 54
Class 1A Cluster 55 Frontier
Class 1A Cluster 56 Attica
Class 1A Cluster 57 Sheridan
Class 1A Cluster 58 Lapel
Class 1A Cluster 59 Tri
Class 1A Cluster 60 Eastern Hancock
Class 1A Cluster 61 Tri-West
Class 1A Cluster 62 Fountain Central
Class 1A Cluster 63 North Daviess
Class 1A Cluster 64 Springs Valley

Conference Champions


Conference Champion
Allen County Norwell (5-0)
Big Eight Gibson Southern (6-1) & Vincennes Lincoln (6-1)
Big Blue River
Central Indiana
Central Suburban
Duneland Hobart (6-0)
Eastern Indiana
Hoosier
Hoosier Heartland
Hoosier Hills Columbus East (6-0)
Indiana Lake Shore Hammond Noll (6-0)
I.P.S.
Lake Suburban Highland (5-1), Lake Central (5-1), & Munster (5-1)
Mid-Indiana Athletic
Mid-Indiana Football Milan
Mid-Southern
Mid-State
Midwest Winamac (6-0)
North Central New Castle
Northeast Corner West Noble (5-0)
Northeastern Indiana Homestead (5-1) & New Haven (5-1)
Northern Indiana Penn (8-0)
Northern Lakes Concord (7-0)
Northern State No Championship Awarded
Northwest Hoosier North Judson (4-0)
Northwestern Gary Wirt (4-0)
Olympic
Patoka Lake Mitchell
Pocket Heritage Hills (6-0)
Rangeline
Sagamore
South Central Martinsville
Southern Indiana Castle (6-0)
Summit Fort Wayne Dwenger (9-0)
Three Rivers Oak Hill (6-0)
Tri-Eastern
Wabash River
West Central

City Champions


City Champion
Evansville Bosse (6-0)

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