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Columbus East High School has proven to be very good at football. The Olympians probably wouldn’t be any good at bingo.

When the ping pong ball fell on Sunday to announce the Olympians’ first-round match in the IHSAA Football Tournament, they found they would be traveling to face powerhouse East Central when first round play begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 19

So that means arguably the top two teams in the sectional will face off in the first round. Columbus East is 8-0 and the top-ranked 4A team in the state while East Central, ranked No. 6, is 7-1. The Trojans’ only loss was to a team from Cincinnati.

Although Columbus East has won the past five games played in the sectional tournament between the two squads, most have been exciting contests. East Central last beat East in 2003 (56-7).

“We’re going to play a good team right out of the chute,” East coach Bob Gaddis said. “It’s been a good rivalry. We’ve had some great football games.

“And this is a team that has won a lot of games. They are a power football team that can throw the ball.”

With a first-round victory, East would face the winner of South Dearborn at Connersville. East would host the game if Connersville won.

Columbus North (3-5) did a little better in the draw as it will play host to a game against Whiteland (5-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.


Bull Dogs coach Tim Bless said he never has coached against Whiteland in a game, but the two programs have scrimmaged often in summer football camps. “They run the ‘Fly Offense,’ which is very unique,” Bless said. “It will give our defense fits. It’s a misdirection offense with a lot of play fakes. There is a lot of motion.”

Bless knows that his players will be thinking about the sectional draw even though they play host to a big game against Southport at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “We will talk about the sectional (today) and then we will put it to bed for a week,” he said.

North, with a victory in the first round, would play the winner of Bloomington South at Franklin Central and would they play host the game if Franklin Central wins.

Jennings County (1-7) travels to Bedford North Lawrence (4-4) in a rematch of a game that the Panthers lost 44-0.

Seymour (3-5) opens sectional play at Evansville Harrison (0-8). Brown County (1-7) they play hosts Greensburg (6-2).

Edinburgh (4-4) will get another shot at Milan, which won the regular season clash 21-6. South Decatur (3-5) won a bye and will travel to face the winner of Indianapolis Lutheran (4-4) and West Washington (5-3) on Oct. 26.

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