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Piper makes South All-Stars

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By Larry Goffinet

INDIANAPOLIS—Perry Central lineman Robbie Piper has been named to the South team for Indiana’s north-south all-star football game next summer.

The game will be played July 17 at Indianapolis North Central.

Piper is listed on the roster as an offensive lineman, though when he reports for practice the team’s coaches can choose to use him on offense or defense.

He made the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s top 50 all-state team this year as one of the best players in the state from schools of all enrollment classifications.

He made some all-state teams on defense and some on offense but said he prefers to play defense. He has signed to play defensive tackle for Kentucky Wesleyan College.

On offense or defense, one of his top assets is “the quickness he has for the size (6-foot-4, 375 pounds) he has,” said Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer. “He’s quicker than a lot of big kids.

“Not only does he have quick feet, but he has real good use of his hands.

“And he’s got good balance. He has a great sense of knowing how to keep that center of gravity under control.

“He’s been working hard in the weight room, keeping himself in pretty good shape, to get ready for an opportunity like this, as well as for college and his throwing (he’s a star shot putter in track).

A four-year letterman in football, his blocking helped the Commodores have a running back rush for at least 2,200 yards in three of those years and more than 1,600 yards the other year.

On defense this season he made 49 tackles, including 26 solos, and helped the Commodores lead the state in fewest points allowed per game.

The Commodores compiled a 45-5 record during his career, including four PLAC championships, two sectional titles and two regional championships.