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FOOTBALL: Class 1A Sectional #41 Preview

THE FAVORITE

Winamac – They’ve been the top ranked team in class 1A all-season long and have an average margin of victory of nearly 42 points a contest. As much as I’m tempted to put our local 1A undefeated team Whiting in this spot, there’s no doubt it belongs to the Warriors.

THE DARK HORSES
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Whiting – If any team can end Winamac’s reign at the top of the polls, it’s the Oilers, whose defense is giving up less than eight points per game. The inevitable Whiting-Winamac semi-final showdown will be the de facto sectional championship. 

LaVille – The Lancers are the only team with a winning record in the top half of the bracket. If they can get past a surging Lake Station team in the opening round, they should advance to the championship.

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD 

Lake StationIf they would have drawn Culver, South Central or Triton in the opener, we’d love the Eagles’ chance to advance for the first time since 2008. But with a first round game against 6-3 LaVille, LakeStation has to be considered the underdogs. Wouldn’t mind being wrong on this one.

South Central – The Satellites’ wins came against one win Bishop Noll, winless RiverForest and a Hanover Central team in the midst of losing five straight. They may make it to the second round as 2-7 Triton is the opening round opponent, but it’d be surprising if they went further.

West Central – Against any other team, including Whiting, West Central would be listed as a Dark Horse, but since they drew Winamac in the opener, they’ll go right here.

Triton – They at least have a chance of being competitive in their opener, against South Central, but considering they’ve been outscored 120-298 this year, that’s the best we can say about the Trojans.

Culver – The Cavaliers enter the tournament on a six game losing streak. Advancement would’ve been tough anyway, but drawing Whiting in the first round all but guarantees a first round exit.

 

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