INDIANA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW 

All That Randomness 

On the Sunday before the last of Indiana’s 9 weeks of high school football, a random draw takes place at the IHSAA headquarters in Indianapolis. This draw, of course, sets up that state’s high school football tournament. 

Indiana, unlike most states, opens its high school football playoffs to every team, no matter their record.  And the randomness of that draw can sometimes lead to a great team being sent on the road for their opening playoff game.  

Predicting which of the teams in our Indiana coverage area will make it out of the sectionals is never easy.  But we think Providence has the best opportunity to do so in Class 1A-Sectional 48, provided they win their first two games, against Springs Valley on Oct. 21, and either West Washington or Eastern Greene on the 28th, then defeat top-ranked Tecumseh for the title on November 4th. 

Clarksville gets a decent draw in 2A-Sec. 39, at Eastern (Pekin) in the opener.  If the Generals get by the Musketeers, they’ll have to possibly deal with Scecina of Indianapolis, and perennial sectional powerhouse Triton Central.  

3A-Sec. 32 sees Charlestown getting by Salem in the quarterfinals.  The Pirates, however, may have a tough one the week after against Heritage Hills.   

Silver Creek has been in the midst of a rebuilding season, but wouldn’t it be fun if they win at Jennings Co. in the 4A-Sec. 23 quarterfinals?  Once past there, the Dragons’ semifinal opponent could be East Central, who has been a past playoff obstacle. 

Teams in 5A and 6A are off on the 21st before they start the semifinals the week after.  New Albany and Floyd Central, who face each other to end the regular season in one of our broadcasts this Friday, will then have Evansville-area opponents to deal with in their initial 5A-Sec. 16 matchups.  The Highlanders go to Evansville North, while the Bulldogs host Castle.   

Up in 6A-Sec. 8, Jeffersonville already gets a home semifinal game, versus Columbus North.  Even if the Red Devils survive, their chances are slim the week after if they end up playing current 6A Champs, Center Grove. 

A lot can happen, though, in the playoffs, but we hope this gives you some idea of how we think it might go. 

The race to the playoffs continues in Kentucky, meanwhile, as we cover several teams jockeying for possible home-field advantage in next month’s first round, provided they get by their opponents this week. 

Enjoy Seneca at S. Oldham, Fern Creek at Male, PRP at Manual, and West Jessamine at Madison Southern on Friday.  And visit the ticker on our GLICOD.com homepage to keep up with all the area football action.