The sectional pairings for the 2014 IHSAA football tournament were announced this past Sunday. While many teams are already looking ahead and making preparations for the tournament, there are still some teams focused on the here and now as they play out the season in hopes for a conference championship. Here’s a look at how all the conference championships in the state of Indiana play out on the final Friday of the regular season.
Carmel clinched no worse than a share of the Metropolitan title last week in their 17-10 victory over Warren Central. The Greyhounds can claim the title outright with a win over Lawrence Central this week. Warren Central has finished conference play and needs help from the Bears if the Warriors hope to share the championship with the Greyhounds.
Three teams are in contention for the HCC championship. Avon and Fishers have identical 4-1 conference records heading in to the regular season finale. Wins by either school locks up no worse than a co-championship. Noblesville at 3-2 has an outside chance of securing a co-championship. The Orioles will play at Noblesville Friday while the Tigers are on the road at Zionsville. If both the Orioles and Tigers win, they will be HCC co-champs. If one wins and the other loses, then the winner will be the outright champion. Should Noblesville beat Avon and Fishers loses, then there will be a three-way tie for the title.
Bloomington South, Terre Haute South and Southport all have identical 5-1 conference records. All three will play on the road this week. Bloomington South is at Perry Meridian, Terre Haute South is at Bloomington North and Soouthport is at Columbus North.
Penn has won 25 consecutive Northern Indiana Conference games and will look to add their fourth consecutive conference title to their resume this week. The Kingsmen however will not have an easy task in doing so when they put their unblemished 8-0 record and the conference title on the line against once beaten and perfect in the conference Mishawaka this week.
Carroll (Fort Wayne) wrapped up at least a share of their first ever Northeast Hoosier conference championship last week. Now they are looking for the outright title and a chance to go undefeated on the season this Friday when they host DeKalb. East Noble has to win at Bellmont and hope the Chargers lose to gain a share of the title.
Lake Central can cap an unbeaten conference schedule with a win at Valparaiso Friday. Crown Point at 5-1 needs a win at Michigan City and an Indians loss to share the title.
Columbus East has won 55 straight Hoosier Hills Conference games and can wrap up their 11th consecutive conference championship and 9th consecutive outright title with a win at Bedford North Lawrence. Jeffersonville needs a win at Jennings County and an Olympian loss to share the title.
Fort Wayne Snider already has clinched a share of the title and can win it outright with a victory at Fort Wayne Wayne. However, if the Generals can beat the Panthers and Fort Wayne Leurs defeats Fort Wayne Dwenger, there will be a three way tie between Leurs, Wayne and Snider.
With addition of the the three former members of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference from Tippecanoe County, the North Central Conference has had an unbalanced schedule this season. But newcomers McCutcheon and Harrison have made the most of the opportunity. The Mavericks can finish off the season undefeated (their first since 1994) and claim the outright North Central championship with a win at Anderson. A Mavericks loss and a Raiders win against Marion would cap off one of the more remarkable turnarounds in recent memory. The Raiders entered this season having not won a game in over three years. A span that stretched 36 games. After losing the first two games of this season, it looked as if Harrison was in for another long season. But the Raiders ran off a stretch of four straight wins before losing to McCutcheon. The Raiders bounced back the following week against Kokomo and now find themselves in a position to claim a share of the conference title with a win against the Giants and a little help from the Indians.
Decatur Central and Whiteland enter the final week atop the conference with 4-1 records. The Hawks wrap up their season at Franklin while the Warriors host Greenwood. Martinsville and Greenwood are both a game back. The final Friday of the season could see either Decatur Central or Whiteland emerge as the outright conference champion or the Mid-State could see their first ever four-way share of the title.
Plymouth wrapped up the conference championship last week in their win over Goshen.
Andrean can claim back-to-back outright conference championships with a win this week against Lowell. A Lowell victory will garner them a share of the title with the Fighting 59’ers.
Brownstown Central can finish a perfect season and an outright conference championship (their fourth in five years) this week with a win over Corydon Central. The Panthers can claim a share of the title with a win against the Braves. Charlestown is also a game back with Corydon Central and would need a win against Eastern Friday and a Panthers upset over Brownstown to make it a three-way tie for the title in the Mid-Southern Conference.
Heritage Hills owns at least a share of the conference title already and wraps up the outright championship with a win this week against South Spencer. Gibson Southern and Southridge are both a game back of the Patriots but play each other this week.
Tri-West is the Sagamore Conference champion wrapping up the title last week with a blowout win over Southmont.
New Palestine is undefeated and has wrapped up at least a share of the conference championship. Their fourth in the last five years. The Dragons can make it back-to-back outright titles with a win over Delta Friday. Yorktown and Mount Vernon are a game back and play each other this week.
Jasper, Vincennes Lincoln and Mount Carmel (Ill.) all enter play this week tied at 4-1 atop the Big Eight conference standings. Jasper is at Mount Vernon (Posey), Vincennes Lincoln hosts Princeton and Mount Carmel (Ill.) is at Boonville to wrap up the season.
Rensselaer Catholic has already captured at least a share of the conference championship, their first since 2010, and is looking to finish the season with a perfect 9-0 record and the outright Hoosier Conference title with a win this week when the Bombers host Benton Central. Lafayette Central Catholic and West Lafayette are both a game back and will play each other this Friday.
Rochester is perfect in conference play this week after capturing their fourth consecutive Three Rivers Conference title last week and will look to make it their first outright championship with a win at North Miami. Whitko needs to beat Tippecanoe Valley and hope that the Zebras are upset this week to claim a share of the conference championship.
Northview clinched a share of the title, their ninth in eleven seasons, last week shutting out West Vigo. The Knights can claim the outright crown with a win over Brown County Friday. Edgewood’s lone loss of the season was against the Knights and find themselves a game back.
The final game of the regular season has extra meaning for both Evansville Mater Dei and Evansvill Reitz. It’s an all or nothing game for these two teams as they square off at Mater Dei in a game that pits two undefeated teams against one another. The winner takes the Southern Indiana Conference championship and carries an unbeaten record into sectional play next week.
Triton Central can lock up the Indiana Crossroads title with a win over Speedway. Indianapolis Lutheran has already finished conference play with a 5-2 record and will be pulling for the Sparkplugs in hopes of sharing the title with the Tigers.
Lewis Cass holds a one game lead over perennial conference favorite Hamilton Heights heading in to their final game of the regular season against Western. Cass can wrap up an undefeated conference record and their first Mid-Indiana conference title since 2009 with a win. The Huskies need to beat Peru and hope that the Panthers can pull off the upset to gain a share of the championship.
Northeastern has already locked up at least a share of the conference championship and will put their perfect record on the line this week at Union City. Winchester and Centerville are one game back and will play each other Friday at Winchester.
Alexandria and Oak Hill sit atop the conference standings with identical 5-1 records. Alexandria hosts Eastbrook this week while Oak Hill will travel to Madison-Grant. Madison-Grant and Mississinewa trail by one game with 4-2 conference records.
Northeast Corner (Big)
West Noble clinched the title with a 4-0 conference record.
Northeast Corner (Small)
Eastside is the 2014 conference champion.
Leo has already clinched at least a share of the conference championship. Their sixth in a row. Now the Lions will try to make it their own with a win this week against Bluffton. Heritage will need a win against Jay County and a Lions loss to garner a share of the title.
Eastern Indiana (4A)
East Central is the 2014 conference champion. Their second consecutive since the conference split in 2013. Before last season, the Trojans had won the Eastern Indiana Conference title thirteen out of the last fifteen seasons.
Eastern Indiana (3A)
Lawrenceburg is the conference champion.
In this four team conference, all four will play each other this week. Hammond Morton is 2-0 and will play 0-2 Hammond Gavitt. Hammond Clark will host Hammond. Both teams are 1-1 in conference play.
Greater South Shore
Whiting takes an unblemished record in to the finale this week when they host River Forest who has yet to win a game this season. Calumet and Wheeler are a game back and will play each other Friday with the winner hoping that the Ingots can pull off the miraculous upset to garner a share of the conference championship.
Tri-Central and Sheridan will once again battle it out in the final game of the season to determine who will be the Hoosier Heartland champion. Tri-Central is looking for back-to-back titles while the Blackhawks search for their third conference championship in four years. Carroll (Flora) would have found themselves in the mix for the title but were forced to forfeit five wins this season due to academic ineligibility.
Indian Creek has won eight Mid-Indiana Football conference titles over the last 13 years. They can add a ninth championship with a win against South Decatur Friday. Eastern Hancock has finished conference play and would need a Braves loss to finish as co-champions with Indian Creek. The Royals won the championship last season.
A 17 game conference winning streak and the outright Northern State Conference title is on the line when New Prairie travels to Knox this week. The Cougars wrapped up no worse than a share of the championship last week. Jimtown would need a Cougars loss and win at home against Triton to garner a share of the crown.
Paoli clinched its fifth Patoka Lake Conference championship in six years with a win at Mitchell last week.
North Knox cliched it’s first ever Southwest Conference championship with a blowout win over North Daviess last week.
North Vermillion enters the final week with a perfect record and a one game lead over second place Attica. The Falcons, winners of 21 straight conference match-ups, have clinched their third consecutive Wabash River Conference championship and can do so outright with a win at Seeger.
South Putnam is 4-4 on the season. But the Eagles are 3-0 in conference play and have won 11 straight in West Central Conference action. Greencastle is one game behind the Eagles and have finished conference play. The Tiger Cubs are hoping that Cascade can knock off South Putnam to gain a share of the title.
Indiana Deaf and Linton-Stockton lead the lists of independents this season with 7-1 records. Heritage Christian, Chatard, Shortridge and Shenandoah all enter the final week of the regular season at 6-2.