FORT WAYNE –
Westfield (10-1) at Snider (9-2): The Shamrocks are the top-ranked team in the state, while the Panthers come in at No. 4. Westfield beat McCutcheon 45-21 in the sectional finals, while Snider beat North Side in the sectional finals 17-14 on a goal-line stand in overtime. Westfield has scored 87 points in two postseason games, while Snider has done it on defense – giving up 21 points and scoring only 32.
New Haven (11-1) at Bishop Dwenger (9-3): Both teams are on four-game winning streaks. No. 8 New Haven beat Norwell 37-7 last week in the sectional championship, while No. 11 Dwenger topped East Noble 33-13. The Knights were the only team to beat the Bulldogs this year. The Saints have won two sectional titles in a row, while the Bulldogs’ last sectional title was in 2010. The teams last met in the 2011 sectional, a game won by Bishop Dwenger 31-21.
Concordia (9-3) at West Lafayette (11-1): Postseason experience will be on the side of the hosts. The No. 9 Cadets won their first sectional title in six years, while the No. 6 Red Devils have won sectionals in four of the last five years. Concordia ended Bishop Luers’ postseason winning streak at 26 straight with a 42-21 win in the sectional finals, while West Lafayette beat Yorktown 54-41.
Tri-Central (11-1) at South Adams (5-7): After going 2-7 in the regular season, South Adams has won three straight in the playoffs. The Starfires hadn’t won a sectional championship since 1996. South Adams beat Southwood 40-39 in the sectional finals last week with the help of two late blocked PAT kicks. The No. 8 Trojans beat Clinton Prairie 32-0 in the sectional finals and have outscored their three postseason opponents 105-13. It was Tri-Central’s first sectional title since 1991.