The Indiana High School Football playoffs start Friday evening, and there’s plenty of action happening among the schools of Indianapolis. Here’s a look at some matchups from Class 3A down to 1A that will most interest Indianapolis sports fans on what promises to be an exciting night of Friday football.
– Top ranked Chatard’s won nine consecutive sectionals, and five 3A state titles over the last decade. They enter their game against one-win Crawfordsville on a five game winning streak in which they’ve outscored opponents 272-26. Brebeuf Jesuit would appear to be the only team with a chance to stand up to the Trojans bullying ways. Brebeuf’s lone loss came to a tough Culver Academy team, and they’ve shown the necessary offensive firepower to stay with Chatard by scoring over 35 points in six of their nine games. The Braves host a weak Danville squad in their first game.
#7 Indian Creek (9-0) at Charlestown (7-2)
-Seventh-ranked and undefeated Indian Creek travels south to take on the Charleston Pirates in the opening game of Sectional 23. Despite compiling a 55-19 record since 2002, Indian Creek has yet to reach the Regionals during that span. They’ll need junior quarterback Trey Reese and junior receiver Jordan Jackson to continue their aerial excellence if the Braves hope to have a chance at getting through third-ranked Heritage Hills in the sectional finals this season.
#1 Indianapolis Ritter (8-1) vs. Union County (5-4)
#6 Heritage Christian (6-3) vs. Park Tudor (4-4)
#15 Speedway (4-5) vs. Indianapolis Washington (3-6)
-Other than a disappointing game against 3A Brebeuf, Indianapolis Ritter has demolished all opponents in their way. Averaging a crazy 43.5 points a contest, the Raiders have 31 point margin of victory this season. Their opening contest against Union County shouldn’t be much a challenge, but a potential follow-up match with defending State Champion Heritage Christian in the second round has high school football fans salivating.
#6 Heritage Christian has struggled at times this season, including losing to Ritter in the last game of the regular season 55-31. They drew Park Tudor in the first round, a team they beat 21-0 on October 9th. With the state leading duo of quarterback Jackson Kirtley (30 touchdown passes) and receiver James Houck (16 scoring receptions) leading the way, Heritage Christian could pull a shocker supreme against top ranked Ritter on their way to reappearing in Lucas Oil Stadium come late November.
On the other side of the bracket, a struggling Speedway squad takes on Indianapolis Washington, with the winner having a very realistic shot at facing the Ritter/Heritage Christian winner in the finals.
Guerin Catholic (3-6) vs. Sheridan (2-7)
With no clear cut favorite, Guerin Catholic, winners of three consecutive ball games, has a shot to win their first sectional title in their four years of existence. The Carmel based school takes on a Sheridan team that’s been to the State Finals four years in a row, but has just two wins this season.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 33 points a game during their winning streak, and if they can get past Sheridan, a very beatable Clinton Prairie team would be their only competition for an appearance in the title game. Unless, that is…
Indiana School for the Deaf beats Clinton Prairie in the first round. The Deaf Hoosiers have fallen on some hard times this season, failing to win a game for the first time since 2001. But hey, anything’s possible when it comes to High School sports in Indy.
#14 Indianapolis Scecina (3-6) vs. Eastern Greene (3-6)
Despite a 3-6 record, Scecina is considered a strong favorite to come out of Sectional 38. All of the Crusaders losses this year came against bigger schools, including contests against highly regarded Ritter, Chatard, Roncalli, and Brebeuf.
In two games against fellow Class A opponents, Scecina held a 72-21 advantage. A victory over Eastern Greene in the first round would most likely lead to a matchup with #9 Milan, and the daunting task of stopping, get this, the NATION’S leading rusher, Travis Pennington. That’s right, Pennington’s 2,147 rushing yards are more than any High School player has accounted for this year. While that assignment will certainly be troublesome, the top-heavy schedule Scecina competed against this season will help them immensely in these all important tournament games.
We be taking a look at those all-important Sectional matchups in the 5A and 4A classes later on today here at funcityfinder.com, so check back for all the latest info. And if you’ve ever dreamed of following high school football in the Hoosier state up close and personal, you should look into relocating to Indianapolis.