Brownsburg Bulldogs (3-6) at 6A – #7 Avon Orioles (7-2) – IHSAA Football Tournament – 6:40 PM

In the long and storied rivalry that is Brownsburg versus Avon, it may be a surprise to some that since 1994 these two teams have only met four times in the playoffs.

The series is tied at two games apiece with the Orioles winning the last meeting in 2010 in the sectional semi-finals 25-21. Avon would capture the sectional championship that year before falling to Lawrence Central in the regionals. The Orioles also won in 2006, the first year Head Coach Brett Comer took the reins of the Bulldog football program. In both years, Avon not only won the playoff games but the regular season matchups as well.

Brownsburg’s last win against Avon in the playoffs was in 2009. It was also the last time the Bulldogs laid claim to a sectional championship when Brownsburg defeated Avon 42-14 in the championship game. The Bulldogs also swept the season series that year. Brownsburg defeated Avon in 1999 in the sectional opener 41-24 but split the season series that year with the Orioles picking up the win in the regular season 23-16.

Tonight, the Orioles are out to avenge their only loss in Hoosier Crossroads Conference play when they lost to Brownsburg back on September 12th 27-7.

The loss to Brownsburg back in September proved to be a turning point for both teams. For Avon, they would not lose another game the rest of the season. The Orioles ended the season winning 5 straight to finish 5-1 in HCC action and captured the outright Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship last week when the Orioles defeated Noblesville 21-16.

The victory against Avon had the Bulldogs riding high as it improved Brownsburg’s record to 3-1 at the time and vaulted the Bulldogs back in to the AP top 10 for the first time in well over a year. But the win over their long time rival would prove to be the final win of the regular season for the Bulldogs. While Avon won their next 5 straight, Brownsburg lost their last 5 including a 36-0 blowout to Hamilton Southeastern last week.

But tonight, every high school football team in Indiana starts with a clean slate. In Class 6A, the only thought on either teams mind is to win four straight games and hoist the IHSAA state championship trophy at the 50 yard line of Lucas Oil Stadium.

The journey to Lucas Oil Stadium begins tonight and you can listen to all the action on 1610 AM XRB in Brownsburg or watch the game on Audio Sports Online. Join me and my broadcast partners Chris Worley and the Indiana Football Hall-of-Famer Dave Shelbourne at 6:40 PM for the pregame show followed by the kickoff between the Bulldogs and Orioles at 7:00 PM.

 

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