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IHSAA SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

NORTH (3-7) at No. 2 TERRE HAUTE NORTH (8-2), 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, Class 5A Sectional 16
Comparative scores don’t mean much, but are fun to look at. While TH North beat Castle twice and Castle beat North, consider that North defeated TH South twice and TH South beat TH North 28-24 back in August. TH North is seeking its first sectional title since 1986 while the North Huskies are seeking a monumental upset.

Prediction: TH North 38, North 21

REITZ (8-3) at No. 6 JASPER (10-1), 7 p.m. CST Friday, Class 4A Sectional 24
Last year, Jasper was on the verge of blowing out the Panthers in the sectional title game at Alumni Stadium. But Reitz scored before half to narrow the margin to 17-7. The Panthers never led until Zach Phillips kicked a 34-yard field goal with 9.1 seconds left to give them a 31-30 victory. Jasper has not won a sectional title since 2008 and is sick and tired of losing to Evansville schools in the sectional – especially Reitz. Expect another close game in this classic rematch. Jasper’s rock-ribbed defense could prove to be the difference.

Prediction: Jasper 24, Reitz 21

BOSSE (7-4) at No. 2 GIBSON SOUTHERN (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Class 3A Sectional 32
Carrington Crutcher had a monster game against Princeton, leaving him just 97 yards shy of 2,000 for the season. He will need another spectacular game for Bosse to pull off an upset at Fort Branch. Gibson Southern QB Nick Sellers is the real deal and so is coach Nick Hart.

Prediction: Gibson Southern 42, Bosse 33

No. 1 MATER DEI (11-0) at No. 6 SOUTHRIDGE (9-2), 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, Class 2A Sectional 40
Last year, Mater Dei edged the Raiders 22-15 in the first round. Last week, the Wildcats fell behind Sullivan 13-0 last week before taking control. Coming off an injury, Nolan Goebel gained 239 yards rushing and scored three TDs. Expect MD to win its fifth consecutive sectional title.

Prediction: Mater Dei 34, Southridge 21

Last week: 6-1
Overall: 48-8

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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