So here we go again. Red Grange meets Nostradamus. Dick Butkus greets Miss Cleo. Or O.J. Simpson tackles Jimmy the Greek.
Tonight, the 39th annual IHSAA state football tournament kicks off from Angola to Zionsville. Yours truly will dust off my crystal ball and tell you the winners right now. Today. Long before Thanksgiving weekend inside Lucas Oil Stadium, or "The Luke" as it's called in the streets, your humble sports scribbler will give you the champs.
Like always, these are locks. Book it.
Sectional 33: This one's as wide open as a Hank Williams Jr. eight-track sale at a flea market. Who will be the Big Bocephus here? I see South Newton beating Whiting in the sectional final. Then, Jeff Cain's young Oilers will take the crown the next two years.
Lafayette Central Catholic will beat Pioneer tonight and win the state title in a month. Yay. Rah. Yawn.
Sectional 25: They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. They are right. And tonight Merrillville's main thoroughfare will be bumper-to-bumper-to-bumper. As great of a story as it would be for Wheeler to pull the upset, Andrean will win. And the 59ers will continue to win until the semistate. There, Fort Wayne Luers, your eventual state champ, will win. Yay, rah, yawn.
Sectional 17: Can a region team get a win, a single win, in this tournament? Lew Wallace? No. Calumet? No. Gavit? No. The only positive for the Gladiators is they have almost everyone coming back. Next fall should be great on the south side of Hammond. But next fall South Bend St. Joseph's and Mishawaka Marian will still be in the sectional. Yay. Rah. Double yawn.
St. Joe's will return to state and lose to Indianapolis Chatard. Anyone picking up on a theme here?
Sectional 9: This is a two-horse race. Secretariat (Morton) and Seabiscuit (Griffith). Mother Nature and the state of Gary athletics will give Morton three home games. That will be enough. I see Secretariat beating Seabiscuit by a nose.
Sectional 10: Can a region team get a win here? Is South Bend really better than Da Region? Both Hobart and Lowell have a shot of getting a win. It just depends which Brickies and Red Devils teams show up. I'll go with Mishawaka winning here.
I see Morton getting past the Cavemen in the regional. By a nose. But Fort Wayne Dwenger will end the Governors' season at semistate. And Indianapolis Cathedral will win state again. Yippy. Yay. Yawn.
Sectional 1: They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. Beep, beep. The Merrillville-Lake Central game is like a regional, not a sectional opener. This is your sectional championship game, folks. This is a coin-flip game. The Indians have been the story of the year. The turnaround has been extreme. But I'll give the edge to the Bucs. By a point. In overtime.
Penn will win the regional and get to state, but Warren Central will drop a bomb on the Kingsmen at Lucas Oil.
My batting average in columns like this is so high why even play the games? Just bus the winners to Indy on Monday and give them their medals. Why? Because Hanlon said so. That's why.
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