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IHSAA Football State tournament pairings announced

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Sectional play begins on Friday, Oct. 21 for all but five teams who drew a bye in their respective seven-team sectional. Those teams will play on the road on Oct. 28 in the sectional semifinal round. Those teams are: Evansville North in Class 5A, Sectional 8; Jasper in Class 4A, Sectional 16; North Montgomery in Class 3A, Sectional 20; Sullivan in Class 2A, Sectional 32 and; North Decatur in Class A, Sectional 39.

Forty sectional champions will be crowned on Friday, November 4. Regional games will be played Friday, November 11, and semi-states on Friday, November 18.

The 10 teams that earn a berth in the state finals will play on Thanksgiving weekend in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The Class A and 2A championship games are scheduled for Friday, November 25, with the 3A, 4A and 5A games the next day. In all, 310 games will be played around the state over the six-week tournament.

Three of the five top-ranked teams in this week's state coaches poll are also defending state champions. In Class A, top-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic will open at No. 2 Pioneer in Sectional 34. It's the second time in three years the two teams have met in the opening round as No. 1 vs. No. 2. In 2009, No. 2 Central Catholic upended No. 1 Pioneer and went on to win the state title. In Class 2A, No. 1 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers will host Elwood in Sectional 27. And in Class 4A, No. 1 Indianapolis Cathedral travels to Mooresville in Sectional 14.

In Class 3A, No. 1 West Lafayette will host Crawfordsville in Sectional 20 and Class 5A No. 1 Warren Central will play host to North Central (Indianapolis) in Sectional 5.

This is the third year the Colts have served as the presenting sponsor of the entire high school state tournament.

Class 5A (63 teams)

Sectional 1 (8 teams)

Game 1: Portage at Valparaiso.

Game 2: Crown Point at Munster.

Game 3: Chesterton at Michigan City.

Game 4: Lake Central at Merrillville.

Sectional 2 (8 teams)

Game 1: Elkhart Central at Elkhart Memorial.

Game 2: South Bend Adams at Penn.

Game 3: LaPorte at Goshen.

Game 4: Warsaw at Carroll (Fort Wayne).

Sectional 3 (8 teams)

Game 1: Fort Wayne South Side at Fort Wayne Snider.

Game 2: Fort Wayne North Side at Fort Wayne Northrop.

Game 3: Fort Wayne Wayne at Kokomo.

Game 4: Huntington North at Homestead.

Sectional 4 (8 teams)

Game 1: McCutcheon at Fishers.

Game 2: Anderson at Lafayette Jefferson.

Game 3: Hamilton Southeastern at Harrison (West Lafayette).

Game 4: Noblesville at Westfield.

Sectional 5 (8 teams)

Game 1: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical at Lawrence North.

Game 2: North Central (Indianapolis) at Warren Central.

Game 3: Lawrence Central at Southport.

Game 4: Perry Meridian at Carmel.

Sectional 6 (8 teams)

Game 1: Terre Haute South at Brownsburg.

Game 2: Ben Davis at Zionsville.

Game 3: Avon at Terre Haute North.

Game 4: Pike at Decatur Central.

Sectional 7 (8 teams)

Game 1: Whiteland at Martinsville.

Game 2: Bloomington South at Columbus North.

Game 3: Franklin Community at Center Grove.

Game 4: Franklin Central at Bloomington North.

Sectional 8 (7 teams)

Game 1: New Albany at Castle.

Game 2: Floyd Central at Jeffersonville.

Game 3: Bedford North Lawrence at Jennings County.

Class 4A (63 teams)

Sectional 9 (8 teams)

Game 1: Gary Roosevelt at Hammond.

Game 2: Hammond Clark at Griffith.

Game 3: East Chicago Central at Highland.

Game 4: Hammond Morton at Gary West Side.

Sectional 10 (8 teams)

Game 1: South Bend Riley at New Prairie.

Game 2: Mishawaka at Lowell.

Game 3: Kankakee Valley at South Bend Washington.

Game 4: Hobart at South Bend Clay.

Sectional 11 (8 teams)

Game 1: DeKalb at Concord.

Game 2: Northridge at East Noble.

Game 3: Wawasee at NorthWood.

Game 4: Plymouth at Angola.

Sectional 12 (8 teams)

Game 1: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger at Columbia City.

Game 2: Logansport at New Haven.

Game 3: Norwell at Leo.

Game 4: Marion at Jay County.

Sectional 13 (8 teams)

Game 1: Muncie Central at New Palestine.

Game 2: Frankfort at Delta.

Game 3: Muncie Southside at Greenfield-Central.

Game 4: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) at Pendleton Heights.

Sectional 14 (8 teams)

Game 1: Lebanon at Owen Valley.

Game 2: Greenwood at Northview.

Game 3: Indianapolis Cathedral at Mooresville.

Game 4: Roncalli at Plainfield.

Sectional 15 (8 teams)

Game 1: Richmond at Franklin County.

Game 2: Connersville at New Castle.

Game 3: East Central at South Dearborn.

Game 4: Columbus East at Shelbyville.

Sectional 16 (7 teams)

Game 1: Madison at Evansville Harrison.

Game 2: Evansville Central at Seymour.

Game 3: Boonville at Evansville Reitz.

Class 3A (63 teams)

Sectional 17 (8 teams)

Game 1: South Bend St. Joseph's at Gary Wallace.

Game 2: Culver Academies at Knox.

Game 3: Hammond Gavit at Glenn.

Game 4: Mishawaka Marian at Calumet.

Sectional 18 (8 teams)

Game 1: Whitko at Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

Game 2: Garrett at Tippecanoe Valley.

Game 3: Lakeland at West Noble.

Game 4: Heritage at Jimtown.

Sectional 19 (8 teams)

Game 1: Yorktown at Eastbrook.

Game 2: Bellmont at Blackford.

Game 3: Mississinewa at Maconaquah.

Game 4: Western at Peru.

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Sectional 20 (7 teams)

Game 1: Hamilton Heights at Southmont.

Game 2: Twin Lakes at Western Boone.

Game 3: Crawfordsville at West Lafayette.

Sectional 21 (8 teams)

Game 1: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard at Greencastle.

Game 2: Indianapolis Arlington at Danville.

Game 3: Brebeuf Jesuit at Tri-West Hendricks.

Game 4: Indianapolis Northwest at West Vigo.

Sectional 22 (8 teams)

Game 1: Indianapolis Howe at Edgewood.

Game 2: Batesville at Greensburg.

Game 3: Brown County at Rushville.

Game 4: Beech Grove at Indian Creek.

Sectional 23 (8 teams)

Game 1: Silver Creek at Salem.

Game 2: Heritage Hills at Mitchell.

Game 3: Brownstown Central at Corydon Central.

Game 4: North Harrison at Charlestown.

Sectional 24 (8 teams)

Game 1: Mt. Vernon at Washington.

Game 2: Evansville Memorial at Evansville Bosse.

Game 3: Gibson Southern at Princeton.

Game 4: Vincennes Lincoln at Pike Central.

Class 2A (63 teams)

Sectional 25 (8 teams)Game 1: Rensselaer Central at Bowman Academy.

Game 2: Wheeler at Andrean.

Game 3: Boone Grove at North Newton.

Game 4: River Forest at Lake Station Edison.

Sectional 26 (8 teams)

Game 1: Bremen at Prairie Heights.

Game 2: Wabash at Manchester.

Game 3: North Judson at Rochester.

Game 4: Fairfield at Cass.

Sectional 27 (8 teams)

Game 1: Oak Hill at Madison-Grant.

Game 2: Churubusco at Woodlan.

Game 3: Elwood at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

Game 4: Bluffton at Eastside.

Sectional 28 (8 teams)

Game 1: Delphi at Taylor.

Game 2: Northwestern at Fountain Central.

Game 3: Seeger at Benton Central.

Game 4: Eastern at Tipton.

Sectional 29 (8 teams)

Game 1: Alexandria at Guerin Catholic.

Game 2: Winchester at Heritage Christian.

Game 3: Centerville at Union County.

Game 4: Frankton at Shenandoah.

Sectional 30 (8 teams)

Game 1: Park Tudor at Cascade.

Game 2: South Vermillion at South Putnam.

Game 3: Indianapolis Broad Ripple at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

Game 4: North Putnam at Speedway.

Sectional 31 (8 teams)

Game 1: Clarksville at Paoli.

Game 2: Crawford County at Monrovia.

Game 3: Eastern (Pekin) at Lawrenceburg.

Game 4: Triton Central at Providence.

Sectional 32 (7 teams)

Game 1: Evansville Mater Dei at North Posey.

Game 2: Southridge at Tell City.

Game 3: Forest Park at South Spencer.

Class A (63 teams)

Sectional 33 (8 teams)

Game 1: Winamac at South Central (Union Mills).

Game 2: South Newton at Hammond Bishop Noll.

Game 3: Whiting at West Central.

Game 4: Culver Community at Tri-County.

Sectional 34 (8 teams)

Game 1: Caston at Carroll (Flora).

Game 2: Clinton Prairie at Clinton Central.

Game 3: North White at Frontier.

Game 4: Lafayette Central Catholic at Pioneer.

Sectional 35 (8 teams)

Game 1: LaVille at Northfield.

Game 2: Southwood at North Miami.

Game 3: Central Noble at Fremont.

Game 4: Adams Central at Triton.

Sectional 36 (8 teams)

Game 1: Monroe Central at South Adams.

Game 2: Wes-Del at Union City.

Game 3: Tri-Central at Lapel.

Game 4: Southern Wells at Sheridan.

Sectional 37 (8 teams)

Game 1: Indiana School for the Deaf at Northeastern.

Game 2: Eastern Hancock at Cambridge City Lincoln.

Game 3: Knightstown at Hagerstown.

Game 4: Indianapolis Scecina Memorial at Tri.

Sectional 38 (8 teams)

Game 1: Riverton Parke at Cloverdale.

Game 2: North Vermillion at Attica.

Game 3: Rockville at North Central (Farmersburg).

Game 4: Covington at Turkey Run.

Sectional 39 (7 teams)

Game 1: South Decatur at Edinburgh.

Game 2: West Washington at Indianapolis Lutheran.

Game 3: Springs Valley at Milan.

Sectional 40 (8 teams)

Game 1: North Daviess at Tecumseh.

Game 2: Wood Memorial at Union (Dugger).

Game 3: Eastern Greene at North Knox.

Game 4: Perry Central at Linton-Stockton.

RegionalsDate: Friday, November 11, 2011.Times: 7 pm local time or as determined by host school.Admission: $6 per person.

Determining Home TeamClasses 2A & 4ASectional final game non-host, if applicable, or lower sectional # (i.e., Sect. 1 is lower than Sect. 2)Classes A, 3A, & 5ASectional final game non-host, if applicable, or higher sectional # (i.e., Sect. 2 is higher than Sect. 1)

Semi-StatesDate: Friday, November 18, 2011.Times: 7 pm local time or as determined by host school.Admission: $7 per person.

Determining Home TeamClasses 2A & 4A*Regional non-host, if applicable, or higher sectional # (i.e., Sect. 2 is higher than Sect. 1)Classes A, 3A & 5A*Regional non-host, if applicable, or lower sectional # (i.e., Sect. 1 is lower than Sect. 2)*If regional winner has not hosted either sectional final or regional, that school will be the designated host.

State FinalsDates: November 25-26, 2011.Site: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis | WebsiteTickets: $15.00 per day. Order Friday Tickets | Order Saturday Tickets All seats are general admission. Single day tickets may be purchased at participating schools the week of the state finals. Contact schools for ticket distribution hours. Tickets also will be available game day at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office located on the southeast side of the venue at street level nearest Capitol Avenue. Gates Open: Lucas Oil Stadium will open its gates to fans beginning one hour prior to kickoff of the first game each day. On Friday, gates will open at 2:30 pm ET and on Saturday at 11 am ET.

Friday, November 25Class A State Championship Game | 3:30 pm ETClass 2A State Championship Game | 7 pm ETSaturday, November 26Class 3A State Championship Game | 12 pm ETClass 4A State Championship Game | 3:30 pm ETClass 5A State Championship Game | 7:05 pm ET

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