Giants begin state tourney run


Kathy Rodriguez

Football coach Jason Simmons talks to his team after the Giants beat Lawrence Central 42-0 two weeks ago. The 4-5 Giants travel to Southport Friday night to open state tournament action.

Zion Brown, sports editor

The IHSAA football tournament is finally upon us. After a season full of COVID-19 concerns, Indiana has been able to make it to this point.

Ben Davis will begin its run this Friday at Southport. The Cardinals come into the matchup at just 2-4 after their first two games of the season were canceled. They are led by CB/WR Antonio Fisher, who has two interceptions on defense and three receiving touchdowns this season.

The Giants finished their season at 4-5 after winning 42-20 at North Central to finish the regular season. BD has won 13 consecutive games against the Cardinals, including last year’s 50-10 victory in the sectional championship. The winner of this matchup will face off against the winner of Perry Meridian (0-9) at Arsenal Tech (2-6) for the Sectional 6 Championship.

The winner of Sectional 6 will advance to regionals against the victor of Sectional 5, which is the most crowded 6A sectional. In the first round of Sectional 5, there will be a MIC rematch as Pike (3-6) will look to knock off Carmel (7-2) after the Greyhounds 45-44 double overtime win in their regular season battle. In the bottom of the bracket, Brownsburg (7-1) will travel to Avon (5-4). Should Ben Davis win Sectional 6, they will have a regular season rematch in regionals against teams in which the Giants had a combined 1-3 record against.

Sectional 7 will feature half of the MIC in a pair of east side matchups. In the battle of Lawrence Township, LC (0-9) will be on the road against LN (6-3). The winner of that game will play the winner of Warren Central (2-5) at North Central (6-3).

The Sectional 7 champion will meet the winner of Sectional 8, which features no. 1 ranked Center Grove. At 9-0, the Trojans will be at Columbus North (6-2) this Friday. Whoever wins that contest will face the winner of Columbus East (7-2) at Franklin Central (1-8).

We should be set for another great tournament season in class 6A. The big question is will anyone be able to defeat the unbeaten Center Grove squad? Regardless of what happens, there will undoubtedly be some tight finishes in this year’s tournament.