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High School Football Previews – Week 12

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Penn (11-0) at Lake Central (9-2) – Class 6A Regional
The Penn Kingsmen have rolled through every opponent this season, including a 28-7 victory over Portage to open the sectional and a 30-0 blanking of Chesterton in the sectional final.  Lake Central finally got over the hump of defeating Merrillville and earning a sectional crown, but the Kingsmen will present a tall task this week.  These two teams have not met since the 2000 season, a 20-0 Penn win.  The Kingsmen lead the all-time series 3-0.  Lake Central’s last regional title came in 1993.

Mishawka (8-3) at Munster (7-3) – Class 5A Sectional 9 Championship
Munster has completed an impressive turnaround, winning eight games this season after compiling only two victories a season ago.  Leroy Marsh’s squad would like nothing more than to add a sectional championship to its list of 2013 accomplishments.  Mishawaka has won eight of its last nine after opening the season with back-to-back losses to Portage and Penn.  The Mustangs took down Michigan City 21-13 last week.

East Chicago Central (9-2) at West Side (7-4) – Class 5A Sectional 17 Championship
West Side has rolled through the first two rounds of the sectional with a 30-9 win over Lowell and a 46-27 besting of Highland.  The Cougars will collide with East Chicago for the first time since 2000, a 58-12 Cardinal win.  West Side has lost six straight to East Chicago dating back to 1994.  The winner will capture its first sectional championship in recent years.

Andrean (11-0) at John Glenn (6-5) – Class 3A Sectional 25
Andrean appears to be destined for a regional appearance after blasting Knox and Calumet each of the last two weeks.  The 59ers are seeking their second straight sectional title, while John Glenn has not won a sectional since 2004.  Andrean’s offense has been prolific, averaging 45.8 points per game this season.  The last meeting between the two teams also came in a sectional championship as Andrean came away with a 56-14 triumph on Nov. 5, 2010.

Rensselaer (9-2) at Bowman Academy (6-5) – Class 33 Sectional Championship
Quarterback Dylan Wright threw for two touchdowns and rushed for five last week to lead Rensselaer to a 43-14 win over North Judson.  The Bombers have yielded just 11 points per game this season.  They are seeking their first sectional title since 2010, while Bowman Academy is playing in the first sectional title in program history. The Eagles have pulled out close games against River Forest and Boone Grove each of the last two weeks.

Winamac (11-0) at West Central (8-3)  – Class 1A Sectional 41
West Central will seek to upend undefeated Winamac in a rematch of last year’s sectional championship.  The Warriors blasted the Trojans 51-0 during the regular season.  Last year, however, the sectional championship had the opposite result of the regular season meeting as Winamac avenged a 49-7 regular-season defeat with a 49-13 upstaging of West Central.

-Brandon Vickrey

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