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Football pairings set; playoffs start Oct. 25

October 16, 2019
The 317 football teams learned their sectional opponents Sunday as the 47th Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament was drawn.

Sectional games are set to kick off Friday, Oct. 25, with first-round games in all classes except 6A, which will have the week off. Sectional semi-final games will be played on Nov. 1, sectional championship games on Nov. 8, regionals on Nov. 15, semi-states on Nov. 22 and the state championship games on Nov. 29 and 30.

In Class 3A Sectional 32, Corydon Central (2-6) and North Harrison (4-4) will host first-round contests. The Panthers have arguably the toughest draw as they welcome No. 3 Heritage Hills (8-0) to Corydon. The programs last met in the 2011 championship, which Corydon Central won 13-12.

North Harrison, meanwhile, will host Evansville Bosse (1-7). The Bulldogs play in the challenging Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, having played the toughest schedule within the sectional field. It will be the first meeting between the programs.

The 3A field also features ranked teams Gibson Southern (No. 7, 6-2) and Southridge (No. 10, 7-1). Southridge is playing up a class due to the tournament success factor.

It will also be a first meeting between programs within Class 2A Sectional 40 as No. 4 Evansville Mater Dei (6-2) will play at Crawford County (1-7).

In Class 5A Sectional 16, the four-team field is comprised of all Hoosier Hills Conference squads. Floyd Central (6-2) will open play hosting Bedford North Lawrence (2-6), a team it defeated 29-21 this past week. The opposite semi-final will pit New Albany (3-5) at Jeffersonville (3-5).

The Highlanders have regular-season wins over all three teams in the field.

The 12 teams earning a berth in the state finals will play on Thanksgiving weekend in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, the state tournament's presenting sponsor since 2009. The state championship games alternate each year as the Class 1A, 3A and 5A games will be played on Friday, Nov. 29, while the 2A, 4A and 6A contests are set for Saturday, Nov. 30.

Admission to sectional games are $6 per person.

Here is a look at the sectionals featuring area teams:

Class 5A, Sectional 16: Game 1 New Albany (3-5) at Jeffersonville (3-5); Game 2 Bedford North Lawrence (2-6) at Floyd Central (6-2); Championships Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner.

Class 3A, Sectional 32: Game 1 Heritage Hills (8-0) at Corydon Central (2-6); Game 2 Gibson Southern (6-2) at Salem (5-3); Game 3 Mount Vernon (6-2) at Southridge (7-1); Game 4 Evansville Bosse (1-7) at North Harrison (4-4); Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 6 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner; Championships Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner.

Class 2A, Sectional 40: Game 1 North Posey (3-5) at Linton-Stockton (7-1); Game 2 Evansville Mater Dei (6-2) at Crawford County (1-7); Game 3 Tell City (3-5) at Forest Park (4-4); Game 4 North Knox (5-3) at South Spencer (1-7); Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 6 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner; Championship Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner.

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