IHSAA Football State Tournament Begins October 20

Anticipation toward the post‐season began last Sunday afternoon as 321 teams received notice of their sectional opponents via live webstream at IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAA Champions Radio Network.

The 45th Annual IHSAA Football State Tournament presented by the Indianapolis Colts is set to begin Oct. 20 with first round games in all classes except 6A which has the week off.

Sectional semifinal games will be played on Oct. 27, sectional championship games on Nov. 3, regionals on Nov. 10, semi‐states on Nov. 17 and the state championship games on Nov. 24‐25.

The 12 teams earning a berth in the state finals will play on Thanksgiving weekend in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, the state tournament’s presenting sponsor since 2009.

The state championship games alternate each year as the Class 1A, 3A and 5A games will be played on Friday, Nov. 24 while the 2A, 4A and 6A contests are set for Saturday, Nov. 25.

About the Draw To conduct the random drawing for the football state tournament, the IHSAA places ping-pong balls representing each school in a given sectional into a lottery-style air mix machine. A fan in the bottom of the machine blows the balls around the inside of the transparent container and air then forces each ball up through a tube in random order. For example, the first ball retrieved from the machine will be the visiting team in game one with the second ball representing the home team in game one. The third ball to come out is the visitor in game two and the fourth ball the home team in game two. That same method is followed through all 48 sectionals.

Determining Home Team First Round: The second‐named team in the blind draw is host school unless the two teams agree to switch the site.

Semifinals: The team without a home game will host. Exception: The bye team will always be the visitor. If both teams were home or both were visitors, the second‐named team in the quarter bracket will host. In 6A & 5A, in the four team sectionals, the second‐named team will host.

Championships: Host team will be the team that has played the most away games. If both teams have played the same number of away games, the bottom bracket team shall host.

Sectional 18 Schedule First Round (Friday, October 20) G1: New Prairie at S.B. Washington G2: S.B. Clay at Mishawaka G3: Kankakee Valley at S.B. Riley G4: Hobart at S.B. St. Joseph

Semifinals (Friday, October 27) G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner

Championship (Friday, November 3) G7: G5 winner vs. G6 winner

Times: 7 pm local time or as determined by host school. Admission: $6 per person.

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