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October 16, 2013

H.S. FOOTBALL: Jeff, Floyd clear winners of sectional draw

Highlanders join Providence, Charlestown as sectional contenders

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — When it comes sectional draws, there are two clear goals: Open the tournament at home and avoid the sectional’s top teams for as long as possible.

Jeffersonville and Floyd Central couldn’t have asked for anything better from Sunday’s IHSAA football sectional draw. Providence, Clarksville, Silver Creek and Charlestown also had to like what they saw, while things couldn’t have gone worse for New Albany.

Here’s a look at how the five local football sectionals shape up in this special edition of the Gridiron Aftermath:

 

CLASS 6A SECTIONAL 8

Jeff gets to open at home and drew the Sectional 8 field’s only team with a below-.500 record. The Red Devils also will avoid favored Center Grove until the championship game.

After losing four straight games, the Devils should get back on the winning side against Jennings County on Friday and enter the first-round sectional showdown with Columbus North (3-5) at 5-4.

With a win against the Bull Dogs, Jeff would either host 7-1 Center Grove or only have to travel about 15 minutes for a rematch with New Albany.

New Albany (6-2) was rewarded for its best season in a decade with a two-hour trip to Center Grove to face possibly the state’s best team on Oct. 25. With a major upset, the Bulldogs would either host Jeffersonville in a rematch of one of the area’s best games this season, or they have to go back on the road against North in the sectional championship.

 

CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 14

Like Jeff, Floyd Central (6-2) avoided the sectional’s top two teams in the four-team Sectional 14 field.

The Highlanders open the sectional against Jennings County (3-5), a team they put up 54 points against — and easily could have scored more — last Friday.

The only bad news is the Highlanders will go on the road for the sectional championship, no matter who wins the other first-round game. A trip to either Franklin (5-3) or Whiteland (6-2) would be about 100 miles. A trip to Whiteland is more likely for what could be a great sectional championship game.

 

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 39

This is one of the most divided eight-team sectionals in recent memory.

There are four contenders — Providence, Triton Central, Paoli and Milan — and four teams with a combined three wins.

Paoli would up on the same side as Eastern (2-6), Crawford County (1-7) and Clarksville (0-8) and is easily the favorite to come out of the top bracket. The Rams open at Eastern and, with a win, would either host Clarksville or go to Crawford.

Clarksville, which appeared headed for a winless season, will get an opportunity to taste victory against the one-win Wolfpack before heading to Paoli.

Three contenders reside on the bottom half of the Sectional 39 bracket. The winner of the Triton Central (6-2) vs. Milan (4-4) game will get a hot Providence (5-3) team in the sectional semifinal.

The Pioneers will throttle Indianapolis Manual (0-8) — if the Redskins bother to show up this time — before either hosting Milan or making a two-hour trek to Fairland to face 10th-ranked Triton Central.

Although there doesn’t appear to be a true favorite in this sectional, Paoli’s draw may make the Class 2A No. 15 Rams a slight favorite. The way the No. 16 Pioneers have been playing, however, it’s hard to imagine any of the other three contenders stopping them from winning their first sectional crown since 2007.

If Providence beats Triton Central in the semifinals, the Pioneers would need rival Clarksville to beat Crawford County in the opening round to host Paoli in the championship game. That is, of course, if everything else goes to plan.

 

CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 31

It was a little bit of good news and a little bad news for Charlestown (5-3) — the only area team in Sectional 31 — on Sunday.

The bad news is the Pirates drew Corydon Central (6-2) in the opening round, and the Panthers are the only team outside of favorite Brownstown Central with any chance of knocking off the defending champion Pirates.

However, just two weeks ago, the Pirates beat Corydon 35-0 at Charlestown, which is the same location as next Friday’s sectional opener.

The good news is Charlestown avoids unbeaten Brownstown until the sectional championship.

If Charlestown can beat Corydon again, it will travel to Brown County (5-3) or host Salem (4-4) in the semifinal of the bottom half of the bracket.

On the other side, after beating winless Washington, Brownstown will likely travel to Ramsey to face off against North Harrison (4-4). The Cougars drew Mitchell (1-7) in the first round.

It would take an unlikely Mitchell upset of North Harrison for Charlestown to have a chance of hosting Brownstown in the championship game. The fifth-ranked Braves, who beat Charlestown 40-26 in Week 2, will likely get their chance to avenge last year’s 62-10 sectional championship game loss to Charlestown at home.

 

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 24

Silver Creek (3-5) got bad news in the offseason when it found out it moved up to 4A. Even worse was the fact that the closest Sectional 24 competitor was 104 miles away in Boonville.

On Sunday, the Dragons got some good news. Not only are they playing at home, but they also drew 1-7 Boonville. Silver Creek certainly won’t roll over a Pioneer team that’s better than its record, but the draw gives the Dragons a chance for their first-ever sectional win.

More good news: With a victory, the Dragons would likely get to host 10th-ranked Evansville Reitz, which entertains Owen Valley (5-3) in the first round.

In the other half of the bracket, an Evansville Central (5-3) at Jasper (7-1) semifinal is likely. Central hosts winless Seymour, while Jasper goes to Evansville Harrison (1-6) in the opening round.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

SECTIONAL DRAW

CLASS 6A SECTIONAL 8


    New Albany at Center Grove

    Columbus North at Jeffersonville

CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 14

    Jennings County at Floyd Central

    Franklin at Whiteland

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 24

    Owen Valley at Evansville Reitz

    Boonville at Silver Creek

    Seymour at Evansville Central

    Jasper at Evansville Harrison

CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 31

    Brownstown Central at Washington

    North Harrison at Mitchell

    Brown County at Salem

    Corydon Central at Charlestown

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 39

    Paoli at Eastern

    Crawford County at Clarksville

    Triton Central at Milan

    Manual at Providence

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