Lawrenceburg (13-2) made it known they were going to run downhill behind the charging power and strength of the Red Rhino, running back, Austin Bowling. The Tigers senior was the driving force of an offensive attack that lit up opponents at a clip of 44.1 points per contest on their way to the state title game for the first time in 31 years. Bowling became the ninth player in Indiana prep football history to run for more than 3,000 yards in a season, finishing with 3,165. He also found the end zone 52 times on the ground including a school record seven in a game against Rushville.
That performance made it easy to see why Bowling was named the 2016 TriStateFootball.com Indiana Offensive Player of the Year as TSF paid tribute to finest from Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Southeast Indiana areas high school gridiron at the Year in Review Show on Monday night at the Holy Grail, downtown Cincinnati. Over his last two seasons at Lawrenceburg Bowling combined to run for 4, 674 yards with 80 rushing touchdowns. On defense he only played on critical downs and did it at a high level recording 19 total tackles of which 15 were for losses including four sacks. Bowling will continue his career at Cincinnati Christian University.
TriStateFootball.com was founded in 2005 and started its postseason awards for Indiana Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. Here the list of winners of this award all-time:
2016 Austin Bowling (Lawrenceburg)
2015 Luke Patton (East Central)
2014 Luke Patton (East Central)
2013 Sam Fette (Lawrenceburg)
2012 Chad Banschbach (Lawrenceburg)
2011 Chad Banschbach (Lawrenceburg)
2010 Connor Kelley (Batesville)