Football Team To Play At Madison-Grant To Kick-off Sectional

Posted on October 11, 2011 in Fall Sports, Football, Home

by chuck landis

Oak Hill and Madison-Grant football teams are beginning to understand how Bill Murray’s character must have felt in the movie Groundhog Day.

Through the vagaries of the IHSAA draw, the Golden Eagles (4-4) and Argylls (5-3) were matched up for the second consecutive year to begin the postseason tournament. The Argylls will host the Class 2A Sectional 27 game on Oct. 21.

Pairings for the 39th state tournament were announced Sunday evening and the Argylls and Eagles aren’t the only ones experiencing déjà vu. Mississinewa (7-1) plays Maconaquah (1-7) for the second consecutive year in Class 3A Sectional 19 but meet this time on the Braves’ field.

Marion (3-5) opens at Jay County (5-3) in Class 4A Sectional 12. Class 3A fourth-ranked Eastbrook (5-3) hosts Yorktown (4-4) in the opening round of Sectional 19.

Last year, Madison-Grant defeated Oak Hill 35-0 in the opening round. The Argylls also defeated the Eagles 28-21 on Sept. 9 after a late touchdown drive. Both games were at Oak Hill.

“First of all, I’m glad we’re home,” said Argylls coach Beau Engle, whose team will have played its final three regular season games on the road. “There are so many teams in our sectional that are an hour and hour-and-a-half drive away.

“Team-wise, it’s not the one I would have chose but, as far as travel and demographics, it’s pretty good, and it’s going to be a competitive game,” Engle added. “It sure beats going to play Fort Wayne Luers.”

Luers is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A and won the state championship the past two years. Madison-Grant played Luers for the sectional title last year and dropped a 49-14 decision.

Marion last played Jay County in the first week of the 2008 playoffs and posted a 47-33 victory. It was the last postseason game the Giants have won.

“It’s a pretty good draw,” Marion coach Randy Sehy said. “The winner of our game will have to play (sixth-ranked) Leo, which is a good team. Our goal is to go over to Jay County and come out with a win and see what happens in week two.”

Eastbrook once played Yorktown in the regular season, but the two haven’t met in nearly 20 years. The Tigers are coached by Steve Wilhelm, a Southwood graduate and son of former Knights state champion coach Dave Wilhelm.

Although Panthers coach Jeff Adamson said he likely will watch tape of Yorktown this week, his main focus is on finishing with a victory Friday against Oak Hill.

“Our last two games have given us a lot of momentum,” said Adamson, whose Panthers defeated Madison-Grant 35-6 and Mississinewa 63-13. “But I’m certain Oak Hill wants to do the same, and what better way to do that than to beat a ranked team.”

Mississinewa and Madison-Grant won’t spend too much time thinking about the tournament with their game for the Central Indiana Conference title Friday at the Indians’ field. Both teams are 5-1 in the league and the winner will be the outright champs.

“I had some of our seniors come over and watch the pairings, and then I told them to forget about it for now,” Engle said. “That game’s two weeks away and we’ve got things we need to take care of this week.

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