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Football sectionals could prove very interesting

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 8:51 PM

With high school passing the mid-way point of the regular season, I thought I would take a quick look at some of the teams comprising Class A Sectional 40 and Class 2A Sectional 31.

Paoli is the only undefeated team left in Sectional 31, having won its first four games.

Brownstown Central is 3-1, Clarksville, Providence and Indian Creek are all 2-2, Mitchell has a 1-3 record and the Easterns -- Greene and Pekin -- are both 0-4.

None of the teams are ranked among the best teams in the Class 2A poll, whatever being ranked means, but Paoli is 17th.

All of the meetings so far between sectional teams have been blowouts. Mitchell has been the whipping boy for Brownstown Central (56-6), Paoli (41-14) and Providence (56-0).

Clarksville defeated Eastern Pekin 41-7.

Eastern Greene will play at Eastern (Pekin) in the final regular-season game on Friday, Oct. 17. The Thunderbirds will host Paoli Friday, Oct. 10.

According to Jeff Sagarin's computer ratings, Brownstown Central, Providence, Indian Creek and then Paoli would be top four teams, separated by just over five points.

Sectional 40 could get very interesting before the championship trophy will be passed out on Friday, Nov. 7.

Three of the top 10 teams in Class A are members of sectional 40 and undefeated going into this weekend.

Linton-Stockton is ranked fifth, how they slipped from fourth is anybody's guess, Perry Central is sixth and Tecumseh is in the No. 8 spot. Union (Dugger) also is 4-0 and ranked 12th.

According to Mr. Sagarin's computer, the Miners would be a two-point favorite on a neutral field over Tecumseh, who was predicted by Linton-Stockton coach Steve Weber to be one of the better teams in the sectional this year.

Union (Dugger) is about 1.5 points behind Tecumseh, but rated almost two points better than Perry Central.

North Daviess (3-1) is rated fifth, just slightly behind the Commodores.

All five teams are separated by less than six points.

Tecumseh running back Jacob Duncan has averaged over eight yards per carry. Kyle Brunner paces the defense with 41 total tackles, including three sacks.

The Braves defeated North Hardin (Ky.) Christian 73-0 last week. North Hardin is just in its second season of varsity football

Bryce Speicher scored three times for THS, while Jacob Duncan and Bob Oeth had two touchdowns apiece. Tom Osborne's team ended the night with 375 yards in total offense.

Tecumseh's previous best scoring night in football came in 2000, when they beat Pike Central 65-12.

Tecumseh, who scored 40 or more points eight times in 1995, has eclipsed 40 points twice, including a 44-8 win at Wood Memorial in the season's second week.

Also of note, Tecumseh will play Southwest Seven Conference's North Central next year in week three. Union (Dugger) also will be adding the Braves to their schedule in the coming seasons.

West Washington, Wood Memorial and Springs Valley round out the rest of the Class A Sectional 40 rankings.

Whoever wins Sectional 40 will likely have to deal with defending state finalist Rockville at the regional. The Rox, defending Class A Sectional 39 champ, beat Linton-Stockton in the regional title game at Rockville in 2007.

The Rox are ranked No. 3 and have started 4-0. Quarterback Matt King, the son of coach Herb King, has completed 89 of 125 for 1,152 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. His yardage is tops in the state.

The draw for the state tournament pairings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. The first-round of the sectional will begin Friday, Oct. 24.

Should prove to be very interesting.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at hargisbj@yahoo.com.

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