Snider (11-0) at North Side (9-2): The Redskins are hoping for a similar reversal of fortune the No. 4 Panthers got last year. During the 2011 regular season, Snider lost to North Side but turned things around, and the Panthers won the postseason matchup. This season, the Panthers beat the Redskins 17-6, and now North Side has a chance at revenge at the same location – Chalmers Field. It won’t be easy for a Redskins team that had to rally for a 26-22 win over South Side last week in the sectional semifinals. The Redskins are facing a Panthers team that has the ability to make another deep postseason run after getting to semistate in 2011.
Bishop Dwenger (5-6) at Norwell (2-9): No one could have anticipated this sectional finals matchup between two sub-.500 teams in the Saints and the Knights. Dwenger has beaten Jay County and Columbia City in sectional play after getting only three wins in the regular season. Meanwhile, all Norwell has done is get wins over Logansport and New Haven, scoring 22 points each time, for the Knights’ first two wins of the season.
Jimtown (11-0) at Heritage (9-2): The No. 9 Patriots get their chance to see if they are for real, and they get it at home against the top-ranked Jimmies. Since a 13-10 overtime loss to Leo on Sept. 21, nobody has been within three touchdowns of Heritage. Jimtown comes into the matchup as the defending sectional champions, with five shutouts this year. A 21-6 win over Bremen on Oct. 5 has been as close as the Jimmies have come to tasting defeat.
Churubusco (10-1) at Bishop Luers (7-4): Another rematch of a sectional championship from a year ago pits the NECC champion Eagles against the three-time defending 2A state champion Knights. Luers won last year’s matchup 34-7. Since a 2-3 start (with a forfeit to Wayne), No. 5 Luers has won 6 of 7 games and has gone back to a lethal running attack, led by Jaylon Smith and TyVel Jemison. Behind the running and scoring of Jason Nicodemus, the No. 6 Eagles have been on a roll. Their only loss was to Culver Academy on Sept. 28. In the four wins since then, the Eagles have scored 29, 38, 38 and 35 points.
Adams Central (7-4) at North Miami (8-3): It’s a rematch of last year’s sectional championship game, won by the Jets 30-6, just in a different locale after playing in Monroe in 2011. Adams Central has won five of its last six games, while the Warriors have won 3 of 4. It could be high-scoring as Adams Central has scored 79 points in two sectional games, while North Miami has put up 87.
– Greg Jones,
High school sports editor