Well, the closest game of the night in Southwestern Indiana was 28 points. Castle, Harrison, Gibson Southern and Mater Dei each advance to the regional round.
For the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, this is the first time more than two schools have represented since 2012 (Castle, Mater Dei, Reitz). It also means all eight teams in the SIAC have won a sectional in the 21st century. With Harrison winning its first since 1997, North now has the longest drought (’00). Pressure is on, Huskies!
Harrison was the real story of the night. I predicted on the TV they’d upset 4A fifth-ranked Jasper, but never would I have imagined a 48-13 final. They’re good, and they are red-hot right now. The Warriors will travel to a galaxy far, far away at East Central HS in Guilford, Indiana — 3 1/2 hour trek, about 30 minutes outside of Cincinnati — at 7 p.m. CST Friday. I’m honestly surprised Coach Brunson didn’t want the Saturday game, but a lot of times it’s best not to mess with your routine (plus, they’ll get out of school early). The Trojans (10-2) are ranked ninth in the AP and 11th in the coaches’ polls. Harrison (10-2) will continue to play with a chip on its shoulders as slight underdogs, being on the road.
Castle continued to make a statement, going on the road and beating Bedford North Lawrence 49-13. The Knights were near-flawless on both ends of the field in claiming their first sectional in three years — a long time in Paradise. Hypothetical’s are stupid, but this is a team playing like they could very well be 9-2 or 10-1 and ranked in 5A. Castle (7-4) will host No. 3 Bloomington South (11-0) in a matchup between the two for the first time since ’83 at 6:30 p.m. CST Friday.
I’d have bet $10 that Gibson Southern would not be the closest game of the night, which isn’t saying much since they were all blowouts. The 3A top-ranked Titans continued to go untested and without noticeable flaws, cruising to a 49-21 win over county rival Princeton … Like Mater Dei, they were up 42-0 at halftime and really just outclassed the Tigers again. Gibson (12-0) will host Brownstown Central (10-2), who shutout Southridge 37-0, at 7 p.m. CST Friday.
After pummeling North Posey 49-7, Mater Dei (12-0) opted for the Saturday game next week, and No. 3 Monrovia (11-1) quickly decided 6 p.m. CST would be a good time, so no afternoon football. Mater Dei will now play three straight playoff games on the road out of four possible, which is puzzling considering, well, they’re the No. 1 team in 2A … Looking ahead (since I can), MD would meet the winner between Indianapolis east-side schools, No. 8 Howe (9-3) at unranked Scecina (7-5), in a semistate.
Not much high school football left until basketball starts heating up. What do you want to know about the four area teams left? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.