By Kevin Messenger
The hardware was on display Friday night with sectional championships on the line across Indiana. The top teams advanced with some juicy regional matchups on November 11.
Here’s a look at how the SBLive Indiana Power 25 teams went:
1. Southeast Hamilton (Fishermen) (11-0) defeated No. 10 Fishers 35-13
Jalen Alexander put a stamp on the Royals’ rematch victory over crosstown rival Fishers, amassing 271 rushing yards on 23 carries. He scored on a 47-yard run for a 21-6 lead, then added a 69-yard kickoff return for a TD to stake HSE up 28-13. HSE moves on to meet No. 7 Westfield at next week’s regional.
two. Brownsburg (10-1) defeated Avon 56-21
Brownsburg left nothing to chance against county rival Avon, crushing the Orioles 56-21 to advance to next week’s regional matchup with Cathedral. Garrett Sherrell was a one-man wrecking team Friday night for the Bulldogs, scoring five touchdowns, four on the ground and another on a 63-yard reception. Sherrell rushed for 219 yards and Brownsburg walked away with the sectional trophy. The Bulldogs take on Cathedral in a rematch from Week 2 when Brownsburg beat the Irish 42-35.
3. Cathedral (Indianapolis) (9-1) defeated No. 22 Lawrence Central 33-13
Cathedral outscored Lawrence Central with 331 yards in total offense and 23 first downs to just nine for the Bears. The Irish had two interceptions and Danny O’Neil had three touchdowns, throwing for 255 yards and a touchdown and rushing for two more. O’Neil and the Irish prepare for next week’s regional matchup with No. 2 Brownsburg.
Four. Carrol (Fort Wayne) (11-0) defeated Warsaw 34-17
Carroll won his second consecutive sectional championship by overcoming the optional Warsaw offense. The Chargers will compete for their first regional title next week when they take on Lafayette Jefferson. Jorge Valdes’ sack of Warsaw quarterback Andrew Sullivan created a change in momentum and an 84-yard drive that put Carroll ahead 20-10.
5. new palestine (12-0) defeated Connersville 43-14
The Dragons took on Connersville to win their 12th straight game and set up what could be a championship matchup at next week’s regional. According to many polls and forecasters, Nueva Palestina and Roncalli are the two highest ranked teams in the state in the 4A standings – they will meet next week in Roncalli, three weeks before the 4A title game.
6. Grove Center (Greenwood) (9-2) defeated Colón Norte 49-14
Tyler Cherry threw three touchdowns in the first half to lead the Trojans to a commanding victory over Columbus North. Amazingly, this is Center Grove’s 11th straight sectional championship. The Trojans move on to meet Warren Central at next week’s regional.
7. Westfield (8-3) defeated Noblesville 42-21
Westfield scored 28 points in the second half to open a 14-14 tie at halftime and, for the third year in a row, the Shamrocks find themselves in the regional round of the Indiana state tournament. Amazingly, Westfield has won seven sectional championships in the last 10 years. They will meet top-ranked Hamilton Southeastern in one of the best matchups of next week.
8. crown point (10-1) lost to No. 23 Lafayette Jeff 38-28
Jeff Lafayette opened a tie at 21 after three quarters with a touchdown and a field goal to take a 31-21 lead with five minutes left. Crown Point closed within 31-28, but the Bronchos extended their lead with a decisive TD with three minutes remaining.
9. Roncalli (10-1) defeated No. 21 Jesuit Brebeuf 21-14
The Royals trailed 14-7 in the fourth quarter, but got a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie it and an 18-yard pick-six from JJ Prendergast to win it. Your reward from him? Roncalli draws No. 5 New Palestine in a must-see regional matchup.
10 fishermen (7-4) loses to No. 1 Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers) 35-13
The top-ranked Royals led 21-6 at halftime and Fishers was never able to cut the deficit early.
eleven Fort Wayne Snider (10-1) defeated Fort Wayne North 25-21
It took a comeback effort, but the Panthers got past Fort Wayne North for the second time this year and will face No. 20 Mishawaka in next week’s 5A Regional. The Panthers missed three extra point attempts and didn’t lead until Lincoln Firks scored his go-ahead TD with 2:46 left. It is Snider’s first sectional championship since 2018.
12 ben davis (6-4) – season ended
13 carmel (6-4) – season ended
14 north wood (11-1) lost to Northridge 34-17
NorthWood couldn’t keep up with 8-4 Northridge, who won the 4A sectional title for the second year in a row.
fifteen. Central East (St. Leon) (10-2) defeated Martinsville 47-0
Josh Ringer rushed for five touchdowns and 208 yards on just 13 carries Friday, as East Central won its 4A sectional win over Martinsville. Ringer scored on long runs of 45, 30 and 60 yards as the Trojans advanced to face Evansville Memorial in next week’s regional round.
sixteen. west of lafayette (12-0) defeated Hanover Central 44-17
West Lafayette faced an unbeaten opponent in Hanover Central that had shut out four opponents this year. It is not to worry. The Red Devils, who haven’t stayed below 40 points since their season opener, quickly scored 44 again and cruised to a 44-17 sectional victory.
17 White land (10-1) defeated Franklin 24-0
The Warriors allowed the Grizzly Cubs just 94 yards in total offense as Whiteland cruised to the sectional championship and a date at next week’s regional with Plainfield.
18 Merrillville (9-2) defeated Hammond Central 52-8
Hammond Central, in its second year of existence, was happy to play for the sectional title. That happiness didn’t last long as the Pirates led 42-8 at halftime and cruised to a 52-8 victory.
19 chatard bishop (8-4) defeated Guerin Catolica 49-13
Drew VanVleet completed 16 of 20 passes for 351 yards and five touchdowns as the Trojans outplayed Guerin Catholic. The sectional title is Bishop Chatard’s fifth in the past six years.
twenty Mishawaka (10-1) defeated Concord 38-17
With an Oct. 7 dogfight in the rearview mirror, Mishawaka led Concord 38-3 at halftime and gave up thinking of a tight rematch. Brady Fisher had three TD passes in the first half and the Cavemen were never challenged.
twenty-one Jesuit Brebeuf (7-4) lost to No. 9 Roncalli 21-14
The Braves took a 14-7 lead late in the third quarter with a 77-yard pass to Taylor Park, but Roncalli answered with a 52-yard touchdown pass in the fourth and got his game-winning touchdown with an 18-yard interception. Brebeuf came up short in his rematch with the No. 9 Royals and ends his season 7-4.
22 lorenzo center (5-6) lost to No. 3 Catedral 33-13
Let’s at least give the Bears credit for the strength of the schedule. Lawrence Central lost for the sixth time this year against a top 15 team, reaching the sectional final but unable to overcome the mighty Cathedral.
23 Jeff Lafayette (9-2) defeated No. 8 Crown Point 38-28
Jeff Lafayette opened a tie at 21 after three quarters with a touchdown and a field goal to take a 31-21 lead with five minutes left. Crown Point closed within 31-28, but the Bronchos extended their lead with a decisive TD with three minutes remaining. The Bronchos will participate in their first regional since 2002.
24 kokomo (11-1) defeated Mississippi 44-13
The Wildkats won their first sectional title since 2017, beating Mississinewa with four rushing touchdowns from quarterback Evan Barker.
25 owen valley (12-0) defeated Pike Central 56-9
The Patriots continued their undefeated season by dispatching Pike Central 56-9 to claim the sectional championship. Owen Valley scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to build a 35-9 halftime lead.
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