The Indiana Football Digest's Top Games - Sectional Round One

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea

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CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 14

COLUMBUS EAST (8-1) AT NEW PALESTINE (9-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Kelso Stadium.

COACHES: Bob Gaddis, 167-32 in 16th season at Columbus East, 285-132 in 38th season overall. Kyle Ralph, 50-2 in fourth season at New Palestine.

LAST CONTEST: Columbus East beat Bedford North Lawrence, 62-24. New Palestine beat Delta, 56-15.

PREVIOUS MEETING: New Palestine, 24-14, November 6, 2015 in Class 5A sectional final.

UP NEXT: Winner hosts Martinsville in sectional semifinal.

DID YOU KNOW: Columbus East has not lost more than two games in a season since going 7-5 in 2003.

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 21

BEECH GROVE (7-2) AT LEBANON (7-2)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Lebanon Field.

COACHES: Mark Weller, 27-35 in sixth season at Beech Grove, 40-56 in ninth season overall. Neil Kazmierczak, 10-10 in second season at Lebanon.

LAST CONTEST: Beech Grove beat Mooresville, 49-21. Lebanon beat Western Boone, 34-14.

PREVIOUS MEETING: First meeting.

UP NEXT: Beech Grove hosts Northview or Indianapolis Roncalli in sectional semifinal. Lebanon hosts Indianapolis Roncalli or travels to Northview.

DID YOU KNOW: Beech Grove is in the midst of its third consecutive winning season.

SECTIONAL 23

EAST CENTRAL (7-2) AT SHELBYVILLE (7-2)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, McKeand Field.

COACHES: Justin Roden, 31-16 in fourth season at East Central. Patrick Parks, 119-116 in 22nd season at Shelbyville.

LAST CONTEST: East Central lost to Indianapolis Chatard, 20-7. Shelbyville beat Pendleton Heights, 41-28.

PREVIOUS MEETING: East Central, 36-25, October 30, 2015 in Class 4A sectional semifinal.

UP NEXT: East Central plays at South Dearborn or hosts Franklin County in sectional semifinal. Shelbyville travels to South Dearborn or Franklin County.

DID YOU KNOW: East Central has eliminated Shelbyville from the state tournament in each of the last two seasons.

SECTIONAL 24

JASPER (5-4) AT EVANSVILLE HARRISON (5-4)

KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. CDT, Romain Stadium.

COACHES: Tony Ahrens, 130-35 in 14th season at Jasper. Cory Brunson, 19-22 in fourth season at Evansville Harrison.

LAST CONTEST: Jasper beat Mount Vernon (Posey), 45-21. Evansville Harrison beat Evansville Bosse, 37-14.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Evansville Harrison, 48-13, November 6, 2015 in Class 4A sectional final.

UP NEXT: Jasper hosts Boonville or Edgewood in sectional semifinal. Evansville Harrison plays at Boonville or hosts Edgewood.

DID YOU KNOW: During its four-game losing streak, Evansville Harrison was outscored 171-55.

CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 29

GUERIN CATHOLIC (7-2) AT TRI-WEST (8-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Tri-West Field.

COACHES: Tom Dilley, 24-9 in third season at Guerin Catholic, 104-86 in 17th season overall. Chris Coll, 78-42 in 11th season at Tri-West.

LAST CONTEST: Guerin Catholic lost to Indianapolis Roncalli, 28-21. Tri-West beat North Montgomery, 45-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tri-West, 23-15, November 14, 2014 in Class 4A regional.

UP NEXT: Guerin Catholic hosts Indianapolis Bishop Chatard or Brebeuf Jesuit in sectional semifinal. Tri-West hosts Brebeuf or travels to Bishop Chatard.

DID YOU KNOW: Tri-West has enjoyed six straight winning seasons.

SECTIONAL 31

SOUTHRIDGE (8-1) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-2)

KICKOFF: 6 p.m. CDT, Patriot Field.

COACHES: Scott Buening, 33-12 in fourth season at Southridge, 45-40 in eighth season overall. Todd Wilkerson, 34-19 in fifth season at Heritage Hills.

LAST CONTEST: Southridge lost to Gibson Southern, 38-35. Heritage Hills beat South Spencer, 28-7.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Southridge, 29-17, on September 30, 2016.

UP NEXT: Southridge travels to North Harrison or hosts Charlestown in sectional semifinal. Heritage Hills plays at North Harrison or Charlestown.

DID YOU KNOW: Heritage Hills won the 2000 Class 3A state title with current Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler at the controls.

NORTH HARRISON (7-2) AT CHARLESTOWN (8-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Reis Field.

COACHES: Mark Williamson, 27-24 in fifth season at North Harrison, 43-42 in eighth season overall. Jason Hawkins, 76-24 in ninth season at Charlestown, 82-37 in 11th season overall.

PREVIOUS CONTEST: North Harrison beat Paoli, 27-12. Charlestown beat Eastern (Pekin), 47-0.

LAST MEETING: Charlestown, 48-14, on September 9, 2016.

UP NEXT: North Harrison hosts Southridge or Heritage Hills in sectional semifinal. Charlestown hosts Heritage Hills or plays at Southridge.

DID YOU KNOW: Mark Williamson coached at Franklin County for three seasons (2009-11) prior to coming to North Harrison.

SECTIONAL 32

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (6-3) AT GIBSON SOUTHERN (9-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CDT, Jewell Field.

COACHES: John Hurley, 56-51 in ninth season at Evansville Memorial. Nick Hart, 56-7 in fifth season at Gibson Southern.

LAST CONTEST: Evansville Memorial beat Castle, 29-27. Gibson Southern beat Southridge, 38-35.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Gibson Southern, 50-17, October 24, 2014 in Class 3A sectional opener.

UP NEXT: Evansville Memorial entertains Washington or Pike Central in sectional semifinal. Gibson Southern hosts Washington or travels to Pike Central.

DID YOU KNOW: Gibson Southern has surrendered seven or less points in five of its nine contests.

SULLIVAN (8-1) AT PRINCETON (5-3)

KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. CDT, Tiger Stadium.

COACHES: Trent Olson, 56-45 in 10th season at Sullivan, 74-69 in 14th season overall. Waylon Schenk, 28-23 in fifth season at Princeton.

LAST CONTEST: Sullivan beat Indian Creek, 63-42. Princeton beat Vincennes Lincoln, 49-48.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Sullivan, 22-7, October 21, 2005, in Class 3A sectional opener.

UP NEXT: Sullivan hosts Mount Vernon (Posey) or Vincennes Lincoln in sectional semifinal. Princeton travels to Vincennes Lincoln or hosts Mount Vernon (Posey).

DID YOU KNOW: Sullivan has not experienced a losing season since going 3-7 in 2010.

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 34

WABASH (5-4) AT BREMEN (6-3)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Don Bunge Field.

COACHES: Floyd McWhirt, 16-44 in sixth season at Wabash. Jordan Leeper, 6-3 in first season at Bremen.

LAST CONTEST: Wabash beat Manchester, 40-22. Bremen lost to Culver Academy, 20-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Bremen, 42-28, October 31, 2014 in Class 2A sectional semifinal.

UP NEXT: Wabash hosts Manchester or Delphi in sectional semifinal. Bremen travels to Delphi or hosts Manchester.

DID YOU KNOW: Wabash had back-to-back winning regular seasons for the first time since 1976-77.

SECTIONAL 35

EASTSIDE (6-3) AT CHURUBUSCO (7-2)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Churubusco Field.

COACHES: Mike Eshbach, 46-48 in ninth season at Eastside, 49-55 in 10th season overall. Paul Sade, 27-14 in fourth season at Churubusco.

LAST CONTEST: Eastside lost to Angola, 10-8. Churubusco beat Fairfield, 55-25.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Eastside, 28-6, on September 9, 2016.

UP NEXT: Eastside hosts Whitko or Central Noble in sectional semifinal. Churubusco travels to Whitko or entertains Central Noble.

DID YOU KNOW: Churubusco was a 28-13 winner over Eastside the last time these two teams met in the post-season in 2013.

CLASS 1A SECTIONAL 42

CLINTON PRAIRIE (6-3) AT ATTICA (6-3)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Bruce Field.

COACHES: Michael Clevenger, 6-3 in first season at Clinton Prairie. Ryan Good, 63-34 in ninth season at Attica.

LAST CONTEST: Clinton Prairie beat Clinton Central, 29-26. Attica beat South Vermillion, 75-21.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Attica, 54-33, on August 28, 2015.

UP NEXT: Clinton Prairie hosts Clinton Central or Covington in sectional semifinal. Attica travels to Covington or hosts Clinton Central.

DID YOU KNOW: Clinton Prairie has never won a sectional championship.

SECTIONAL 43

NORTH MIAMI (8-1) AT CULVER (5-4)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Culver Field.

COACHES: Mark Lefebvre, 12-28 in fourth season at North Miami, 146-122 in 24th season overall. Mike Zehner, 5-4 in first season at Culver, 32-20 in fifth season overall.

LAST CONTEST: North Miami lost to Northfield, 34-0. Culver lost to LaVille, 33-7.

PREVIOUS MEETING: North Miami, 35-17, Oct. 23, 2015 in Class 1A sectional opener.

UP NEXT: North Miami plays at Fremont or hosts LaVille in sectional semifinal. Culver travels to Fremont or LaVille.

DID YOU KNOW: Mark Lefebvre is a graduate of North Miami, while Mike Zehner is an alum of Culver.

NORTHFIELD (8-1) AT SOUTHWOOD (6-3)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Wagoner Field.

COACHES: Brandon Baker, 26-17 in fourth season at Northfield, 65-92 in 15th season overall. Dave Snyder, 32-32 in sixth season at Southwood.

LAST CONTEST: Northfield beat North Miami, 34-0. Southwood beat Tippecanoe Valley, 49-29.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Northfield, 26-7, on September 2, 2016.

UP NEXT: Northfield entertains Caston or Triton in sectional semifinal. Southwood hosts Caston or plays at Triton.

DID YOU KNOW: Southwood's last sectional title came in 2002 when it won the Class 1A state title.

SECTIONAL 44

ADAMS CENTRAL (8-1) AT WES-DEL (6-3)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Parker Field.

COACHES: Michael Mosser, 54-35 in eighth season at Adams Central. Brad Hess, 18-21 in fourth season at Wes-Del.

LAST CONTEST: Adams Central lost to Woodlan, 28-16. Wes-Del beat Anderson Prep Academy, 27-6.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Adams Central, 40-0, October 23, 2015 in Class 1A sectional opener.

UP NEXT: Adams Central plays at Shenandoah or hosts Union City in sectional semifinal. Wes-Del travels to Shenandoah or Union City.

DID YOU KNOW: Wes-Del is looking for its first sectional crown since 1975.

BEST OF THE REST

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 17

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (7-1) AT MUNSTER (4-5)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CDT, Mustang Field.

COACHES: Jay Novak, 16-14 in third season at East Chicago Central, 19-31 in fifth season overall. Leroy Marsh, 222-159 in 38th season at Munster.

LAST CONTEST: East Chicago Central beat Griffith, 35-15. Munster beat Kankakee Valley, 42-13.

PREVIOUS MEETING: East Chicago Central, 31-20, on September 25, 1992.

UP NEXT: East Chicago Central travels to Hammond Clark or hosts Highland in sectional semifinal. Munster travels to Hammond Clark or Highland.

SECTIONAL 19

PLYMOUTH (4-5) AT ANGOLA (7-2)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Angola Stadium.

COACHES: John Barron, 102-42 in 13th season at Plymouth. Andy Thomas, 14-15 in third season at Angola, 104-82 in 17th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Plymouth lost to NorthWood, 43-12. Angola beat Eastside, 10-8.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Plymouth, 49-21, October 21, 2011 in Class 4A sectional opener.

UP NEXT: Plymouth hosts East Noble or travels to DeKalb for sectional semifinal. Angola is on the road at East Noble or DeKalb.

SECTIONAL 22

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (5-4) AT JAY COUNTY (6-3)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. EDT, Schutz Stadium.

COACHES: Adam Sherman, 5-4 in first season at Greenfield-Central. Tim Millspaugh, 19-21 in fourth season at Jay County.

LAST OUTING: Greenfield-Central beat New Castle, 20-14. Jay County beat Heritage, 28-14.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Jay County, 28-13, on October 12, 2007.

UP NEXT: Greenfield-Central goes to New Castle or hosts Delta for sectional semifinal. Jay County plays at New Castle or Delta.

CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 27

FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (4-5) AT NORTHWESTERN (6-3)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Tiger Field.

COACHES: Kyle Lindsay, 25-23 in fourth season at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. Alex Stewart, 10-9 in second season at Northwestern.

LAST CONTEST: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers lost to Fort Wayne Snider, 52-27. Northwestern lost to West Lafayette, 51-22.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Fort Wayne Luers, 82-52, on October 23, 2015 in Class 3A sectional opener.

UP NEXT: Bishop Luers Goes to Peru or hosts Maconaquah for sectional semifinal. Northwestern goes to Peru or Maconaquah.

CLASS 1A SECTIONAL 42

COVINGTON (6-3) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (5-4)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Bulldog Stadium.

COACHES: Travis Brown, 21-29 in fifth season at Covington. Isaac Sturgis, 10-19 in third season at Clinton Central.

LAST CONTEST: Covington beat Riverton Parke, 48-6. Clinton Central lost to Clinton Prairie, 29-26.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Clinton Central, 69-36, on August 23, 1996.

UP NEXT: Covington goes to Clinton Prairie or hosts Attica in sectional semifinal. Clinton Central plays at Clinton Prairie or Attica.

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