NEED TO KNOW: CLASS 5A STATE FINALS EDITION

STATE FINALS FOOTBALL TICKETS

Tickets will  be available at the gate for $15; children 5 and under are admitted at no charge.

Kickoff of the Class 5A state championship game between Kokomo and Columbus East is slated for approximately 7 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

CONSTRUCTION IN INDY

The easiest way to get to Lucas Oil Stadium from Kokomo is straight down US 31 to downtown Indianapolis. LOS is located on Capital Avenue. Do not attempt to turn onto Capital from Fall Creek Parkway near the Ivy Tech campus as construction blocks the entrance to Capital. Instead, travel a few blocks south on Meridian Street (US 31) to 16th Street, turn right on 16th and left on Capital to the stadium.

PARKING

Amble parking is available in downtown Indianapolis in a variety of parking garages. That said, be warned that it is Black Friday – the busiest shopping day of the year – and the Christmas Tree will be lit on Monument Circle at the same time the Kats are playing. Give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot and walk to Lucas Oil Stadium.

GATES OPEN

The Lucas Oil Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, which is one hour before the first game. Tickets are good for the entire day purchased – meaning Kokomo fans can also watch Friday’s Class 1A game at 12 p.m. (Pioneer vs. Eastern Greene) and the Class 3A game at 3:30 p.m. (Brebeuf Jesuit vs. Evansville Memorial).

LISTEN ON THE RADIO

The Kokomo-Columbus East state championship football game will be broadcast locally on WIOU (1350 AM) with Chris Lowry on the play-by-play and Jay Davis doing the color commentary. WIOU plans on going live with a pregame show at approximately 6:15 p.m.

WATCH ON TELEVISION

The Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A games will air live on Fox Sports Indiana while Friday’s 5A and Saturday’s 6A game broadcast will air on Fox Sports Indiana Plus, an alternate channel, due to overlap with the Indiana Pacers broadcast those evenings. In Kokomo, the Wildkats will be broadcast on Comcast channel 81. Greg Rakestraw will be on the play-by-play for the Kokomo game, with Dick Dullaghan the color analyst and Will Haskett the sideline reporter.

HOME TEAM

The home was determined by a coin toss during the coaches meeting before the state finals, not on the field. Kokomo lost the toss and will wear white on game day.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Columbus East is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 1 in Class 5A in offensive scoring at 50.07 points per game and No. 35 on defense having given up 14.14 points per game. Kokomo is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A having given up 16.54 points per game.

ODDS ON FAVORITE

Columbus East was given a 12.6-percent chance to win the state championship prior to the start of the tournament on John Harrell’s Indiana High School Football website. Kokomo was given a 0.5-percent chance to win state; the Wildkats were picked by John Harrell to finish third in the sectional. In tournament play, the Olympians have a 65-35 all-time record while Kokomo is 25-32. Harrell has picked Columbus East to defeat Kokomo 35-24. The Sports Journal has picked Kokomo to win 35-34!

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