10 Takeaways from the IHSAA Football Sectional Draw

10 Takeaways from the IHSAA Football Sectional Draw

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10 Takeaways from the IHSAA Football Sectional Draw

The road to Lucas Oil Stadium has been laid out for all 317 IHSAA football programs. What are the biggest takeaways from the sectional draw?

Michelle Pemberton l IndyStar

As quickly as high school football has started, it’s already time to start talking about the post-season.


Starting next week, everyone’s records will revert back to 0-0. The IHSAA announced on Sunday night the sectional pairings for every team. Which teams got a favorable draw? Who might have a tougher road getting to Lucas Oil Stadium? Who might be a dark horse a good dark horse contender to hoist some hardware come Thanksgiving weekend? Here are the top 10 takeaways from the IHSAA sectional draw:




Lutheran Starts on the Road: Is this the year that Lutheran gets to the promised land at Lucas Oil Stadium? The top-ranked, undefeated Saints in Class A have reached the semi-state in four of the last five years, but the sectional draw did them no favors as they will start sectional 46 play with a road trip to Sheridan.  


Scecina and Heritage Christian on Opposite Sides of Sectional 38: Heritage Christian had their season cut short at the expense of eventual sectional champion Scecina. This year, coach Kyle Ray has the fifth-ranked Eagles soaring into post-season play with a 7-1 record. If Heritage Christian and Scecina do meet up in the sectional title game, this could be one of the best games that Class 2A has to offer.


Chatard, Brebeuf and Guerin Catholic Headline Stacked Sectional 28: One of the most action-packed sectionals in the first week features a top 10 rematch between Class 3A #2 Chatard and #6 Brebeuf. These two squads met in week one at Chatard, with the Trojans winning 49-14. On the other side of the sectional bracket, #7 Guerin Catholic starts on the road at Yorktown. If the Golden Eagles advance, they could host defending 3A state champion West Lafayette.




Mt. Vernon Gets Favorable Road to Sectional Title Game: The 6-2 Marauders have enjoyed a resurgence in class 4A, thanks in part to former Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner taking the reins last year. Mt. Vernon begins post-season play at (currently) winless Connorsville. A win puts them against either Richmond or New Castle, two teams with losing records.


Mooresville Looks to Get Back to Regionals: The 6-2 Pioneers enjoyed their first sectional championship since 2004 and look to secure first back-to-back sectional titles since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Mooresville will look to rely on junior running back Breken Greene as they start sectional play at South Dearborn.




Plainfield and Decatur Central Clash in First Round: One of the lone first week matchups in Class 5A consist of a rematch between Decatur Central and Plainfield. The Hawks survived a barn burner over the Quakers, 42-38, a game in which each team combined for 762 total yards of offense.


Stars are Aligned for a Cathedral-New Palestine Regional: Cathedral avoided a first-round sectional game, putting their first post-season contest against Terre Haute South Vigo. Meanwhile, all-time Indiana leading rusher and Mr. Football favorite Charlie Spegal will lead the Dragons’ charge to repeat as Class 5A champions. Keep an eye on both of these teams as this could set up one of the best matchups across the state during regionals week.




Avon and Brownsburg Meet Again in Semifinals: Talk about a top-notch matchup to open sectional play. Undefeated, top-ranked Avon will start their quest for a state title at #5 Brownsburg. The undefeated Orioles came out on top in the regular season matchup, 7-3, in a game where Avon only managed to get nine total first downs. John Hart’s Bulldogs will look to end a nine-year sectional title drought when they host the Orioles in less than two weeks.   


Carmel Starts Redemption Tour at HSE: Last year’s 6A runner-up Carmel will start at Hamilton Southeastern in sectional four, while Fishers and Westfield will square off in a week eight rematch. After last week’s resounding win against Warren Central, the Greyhounds once again seem like the favorite to advance. However, Fishers looks like a good dark horse to snap Carmel’s six-year sectional title streak. Their stingy defense, led by senior linebacker Geoffrey Brown, has allowed an average of 14.6 points per game this season.


Warren Central, North Central Rematch Headlines Sectional 7: In a rematch of last year’s thrilling regional matchup, the reigning 6A champion Warriors start post-season play at North Central. Both teams have changed significantly since that chilly November night. The Panthers boast one of the top defenses in the state, averaging two sacks, 1.75 turnovers and less than 20 points allowed per game. Meanwhile the Warriors have learned to rely less on individual performances and play balanced across the board, with multiple players stepping up on a weekly basis such as Cobe Moore, RJ Wells, Willie Eaton and Marquise Cross.

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