• Steve Byrd

2020 Football Week 12 + Indiana Sectional Championships

While the second wave of Covid-19 resulted in dozens of high school football games in Kentucky getting canceled, it stands to reason that nearly every team will be ready when the playoffs start, if it happens.

Will explain later, but let's start by reviewing two sectional championship games involving southern Indiana teams.

It was no surprise that Providence lost 35-7 at Triton Central for the 2A-Sec. 39 championship.  But one positive note came late in the game, when running back Jeremy Gettelfinger ended his Pioneers football career with a 22-yard touchdown run that averted what would have been a third straight Tigers postseason shutout against TCHS.

Closer to the river, at Jeffersonville's Blair Field, the Red Devils won their first sectional title since 2007 with a 35-25 upset of New Albany.  While both teams swapped leads through halftime and into the 3rd quarter, Jeff blew the game open with a 21-point rally that included two rushing touchdowns by Jordan Ferguson, whose totals for the night were 24 carries for 170 yards and 3 TD.  The Red Devils travel to Castle next Friday for a chance at a first-ever regional title.

Back on the Kentucky side of football things, while many Louisville schools had the night off, De Sales played their first game after nearly a month off.  The Colts traveled to Western Hills near Frankfort and shut out the Wolverines 41-0.

Oldham Co.'s rivalry with North Oldham started with a 36-yard field goal by the Mustangs' Lucas Silverthorn.  From there, it was a 37-point Colonels rally that included touchdown runs by Caden Sheppard, Trent Garrison and quarterback Sam Young, who also threw a 26-yard TD pass to Ethan Elkins.  A couple of consolation Mustang touchdown passes by Nick Freeland in the last 2 minutes softened the blow, as the Colonels finished with a 37-17 win.

In Lexington, Bryan Station made it 8 in a row after winning 54-39 over Simon Kenton.  Defending 5A Champs Covington Catholic overcame a 21-7 second half deficit with 21 unanswered points in the second half at Lexington Catholic.  The Knights answered that Colonels comeback in the final minute, with Jack Gohmann's 20-yard touchdown pass to Jack Monday, followed by Gohmann's pass to Jackson Corbett on the 2-point play, for a 29-28 Knights lead.  A last-second 46-yard field goal try by CovCath's David Gronotte was blocked to seal LexCath's upset and end the Colonels' state-leading 22-game win streak.

But just as the first round of the Kentucky playoffs are about to happen, the KHSAA decided to postpone it until the following week.  Given the high Covid-19 averages throughout much of Kentucky, who knows if even that is a guarantee?

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