IHSAA football pairings announced
The 48th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association Football State Tournament presented by the Indianapolis Colts is set to begin Oct. 23 with first-round games in all classes except 6A, which will have the week off. Sectional semi-final games will be played on Oct. 30, sectional championship games on Nov. 6, regionals on Nov. 13, semi-states on Nov. 19 and the state championship games on Nov. 27 and 28.
Sectional pairings were announced Thursday night.
In Class 3A Sectional 32, Corydon Central and North Harrison landed on the same side of the bracket but in opposite games. Corydon Central (5-2) will travel to Salem (5-2) for the first round, while North Harrison (5-3) will host Evansville Bosse (0-7). The winners of those two games will meet the following week for a berth in the sectional final.
The other half of the bracket in Sectional 32 features unbeaten Southridge (8-0), which is ranked third in the AP poll and fourth in the coaches’ poll, Gibson Southern (5-3), ranked 11th (AP) and eighth (coaches), Mount Vernon (4-2), ranked 14th (AP), and Heritage Hills (3-5).
Crawford County (0-4) will host North Posey (4-3) in the opening round of Class 2A Sectional 40.
The four teams in Class 5A Sectional 16 will get a week off before opening tournament play on Oct. 30. Floyd Central (6-2) will host Jeffersonville (2-5) in the third meeting of the season between those two teams. The Highlanders won the first two games by scores of 41-6 and 38-10.
The 12 teams earning a berth in the state finals will play on Thanksgiving weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, the state tournament’s presenting sponsor since 2009. The state finals matchups, dates and times won’t necessarily be played in its usual 1A, 3A, 5A format on one day and 2A, 4A, 6A format the other day. If matchups allow, schools from a similar geographical area may be grouped into consecutive games or at least on the same day. The playing schedule will be announced following semi-state play.
Here are the sectional pairings featuring area teams:
Class 5A, Sectional 16
Game 1 — Jeffersonville (2-5) at Floyd Central (6-2); Game 2 — New Albany (5-2) at Bedford North Lawrence (2-6); Game 3 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner.
Class 3A, Sectional 32
Game 1 — Gibson Southern (5-3) at Heritage Hills (3-5); Game 2 — Southridge (8-0) at Mount Vernon (4-2); Game 3 — Evansville Bosse (0-7) at North Harrison (5-3); Game 4 — Corydon Central (5-2) at Salem (5-2); Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner; Game 7 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner.
Class 2A, Sectional 40
Game 1 — North Knox (4-2) at Forest Park (6-2); Game 2 — South Spencer (1-7) at Evansville Mater Dei (4-4); Game 3 — North Posey (4-3) at Crawford County (0-4); Game 4 — Linton-Stockton (5-3) at Tell City (6-1); Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner Game 7 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner.