THREE FROM HOWARD COUNTY VIE FOR FOOTBALL SECTIONAL TITLES

Western quarterback Quin Fields is shown leading his Panthers to victory over Mississinewa last Friday night. (SJ Photo: TOM BIRCH)

 

CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 3

at KOKOMO HIGH SCHOOL – 7 p.m.

Fort Wayne Snider (7-4) at Kokomo (9-2)

Preview: Don’t let these records fool you, these two teams are much better than the records show. Kokomo has won nine games in a row since the return of all-state candidate Armon Bridgeforth. Snider has four losses, with three of them coming to current 5A No. 3 Penn, 4A No. 1 Cathedral and 2A No. 1 Luers. Snider also has the confidence edge as they have knocked the Kats out of the tournament the last two years. But after last weeks upset of No. 4 Homestead, this should be the year of Kokomo’s first  football sectional title since 1985. Coach Brett Colby will have the Kats ready.

Sports Journal Prediction: Kokomo 48, FW Snider 35

CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 19

at WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL – 7 p.m.

Bellmont (5-6) at No. 12 Western (9-2)

Preview: This is one of those games that Western can’t simply look at the 5-6 record of Bellmont and assume victory and start thinking about the regional. Four of Bellmont’s losses were by a touchdown or less, and seven of its games were against schools in a higher class. Bellmont’s opponents also have a better record than Western’s, 59-57 to 48-66. And despite having a first-year coach, the Braves won the sectional championship as recently as 2008, compared to Western’s last title in 2007. That said, the Panthers should be a dominant force in this game and grab the hardware.

Sports Journal Prediction: Western 48, Bellmont 21

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 28

at NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL – 7 p.m.

Tipton (7-4) at No. 7 Northwestern (10-1)

Preview: This has the makings to be an instant classic. Northwestern enters on a roll, having ripped off seven straight wins since its loss to Class 3A No. 12 Western. Along the way the knocked off 3A No. 11 Hamilton Heights, 2A No. 7 Fountain Central and previously ranked Eastern. Tipton started the season ranked, but hasn’t faired as well against a loaded schedule. All four losses have come to ranked teams, including Heights, 1A No. 1 Central Catholic, 3A No. 3 West Lafayette and 1A No. 6 Sheridan.  Tipton is a dangerous sectional program, but the Purple Tigers are battle-tested.

Sports Journal Prediction: Northwestern 35, Tipton 31

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