What a night of action across the state, in sectional championship games. There were some high scoring contests and some shocking upsets.
First things first. Congratulations to the Zionsville football team for doing what every person outside of the community didn’t believe they had a chance of doing. The Eagles went toe-to-toe with a really good Brownbsurg team. Down three scores and the Eagles refused to fold. Perhaps Browsnsburg overlooked a team they had previously beaten 54-14 a few weeks ago. Zionsville’s win is why the game is played and not decided on paper.
We’re headed for the best game of the year. Insert any cliche you can think of to describe this match-up. This. Too bad, the powers that be, have Cathedral and New Palestine on the same side of the bracket and force them to play in the regional round of the tournament. The timing of the game doesn’t take away from how good this game is slated to be. You can flip a coin for the winner.
Have you heard this story before? Ben Davis, Carmel, Center Grove and Warren Central are among the final eight teams left in the 6A tournament. There was plenty of talk on message boards and social media this season suggesting the MIC was having a down year. Is this the year a team outside of the MIC wins state? There is a 50% chance of this happening. However, reaching Lucas Oil will still go through the MIC.
I don’t know about anyone else, but the class 3A and class 4A has the more intriguing match-ups moving forward. This may be one of Bishop Chatard’s best teams in program history. I know it’s too early to say this for a fact, given the 13 state championships earned by the Trojans. Keep an eye on Heritage Hills, Lawrenceburg and Danville.
After a 0-4 start, Roncalli has rallied to win 7 out of the next 8 contest. The Rebels are playing as good of football as anyone in class 4A. Mooresville knocked off the presumptive 4A favorite East Central to win the Sectional 23 championship. The Evansville Memorial Tigers await the Pioneers in the regional. Last night, Memorial avenged their only loss of the year, handing Central a lopsided defeat. Mount Vernon, Mississinewa, Hobart, New Prairie and East Noble are capable of upsetting teams and making a deep run.
One thing is for certain, there isn’t a clear cut front-runner in the tournament this year. That’s good for Indiana high school football!