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Merrillville (9-1) at Lake Central (8-2) – Class 6A Sectional 1 Championship
Lake Central has dropped 16 straight head-to-head meetings with Merrillville dating back to Oct. 25, 2002.  The Pirates accounted for Lake Central’s only conference defeat of the season, 20-17 on Oct. 11.  After going 2-8 in the first season under Brett St. Germain in 2010, the Indians have posted three straight eight-win seasons.  However, L.C. has struggled to get over the hump of taking down Duneland power Merrillville.  Merrillville is looking for its second straight sectional title, while Lake Central is seeking its first sectional championship since 1999.

Chesterton (4-6) at Penn (10-0) – Class 6A Sectional 2 Championship
Penn dispatched one Duneland Athletic Conference team last week with a 28-7 victory over Portage, while Chesterton pummeled Valparaiso 31-3 to secure its first sectional championship appearance since 2008.  A win would give the Trojans their first sectional title in over 20 years. The last time the Kingsmen and Trojans met was a 42-21 Penn win on Oct. 30, 1998.

Munster (6-3) at Michigan City (2-7) – Class 5A Sectional 17
After enjoying a week off last Friday, Munster and Michigan City will crank it back up as they open postseason play.  This marks the first-ever meeting between the Mustangs and Wolves on the football field.  The Wolves have dropped eight straight postseason games since defeating East Chicago Central on Oct. 21, 2005.  Munster’s last sectional win came in 2010. \

Griffith (3-7) at East Chicago Central (8-2) – Class 4A Sectional 17
The last time these two teams met in the postseason, Russ Radtke’s Griffith Panthers came away with a lopsided 42-0 victory in 2008.  This showdown could be much different, with East Chicago fresh off a 26-21 upstaging of Morton last week.   Griffith has struggled defensively, allowing 37.9 points per game.  The Panthers downed Clark 50-34 last week.  The Cardinals are looking for their first sectional championship appearance since Nov. 5, 1999.

West Side (6-4) at Highland (5-5) – Class 4A Sectional 17
Both teams provide great storylines as West Side downed Lowell 30-9 last week, a win that many deemed an upset.   With five wins, Highland has already posted its Highest win total since 2004.  This is a rematch of last year’s sectional semifinal, a 41-34 West Side triumph.

Andrean (10-0) at Calumet (3-7) – Class 3A Sectional 25
After an undefeated regular season, Andrean avoided a letdown by downing Knox 58-6 to open sectional play.  The 59ers are two wins away from their sixth sectional championship in the last seven years.  The last time Calumet took on Andrean, the Warriors fell 53-7 in 2009.  Calumet ousted Lew Wallace 27-12 last week.

John Glenn (5-5) at Hammond (4-6) – Class 3A Sectional 25
After blanking Roosevelt 41-0 last week, Hammond is seeking its first sectional championship appearance since 2006.  The Wildcats and Falcons have not met in over 20 years.  John Glenn is under the direction of first-year coach Dave Sharpe.

Rensselaer (8-2) at North Judson (3-7) – Class 2A Sectional 33
Both teams are coming off offensive outbursts as North Judson blasted North Newton 50-6, while Rensselaer topped Bishop Noll 52-19.  The Bombers dominated the Blue Jays in Week 3 by the score of 56-7.  Both teams reached the sectional final of separate sectionals last season.

Boone Grove (8-2) at Bowman Academy (5-5) – Class 2A Sectional 33
Boone Grove captured the regular season meet 20-8 on Sept. 20.  The Eagles lost three fumbles, threw two interceptions, punted for a total of negative-10 yards and totaled 14 penalties for 110 yards, but still managed to defeat River Forest in overtime last week.  The Wolves escaped Wheeler with a 7-6 victory. The winner of this game will make its first sectional championship appearance in program history.

West Central (7-3) at Culver (4-6)
West Central prevailed when the two teams got together in the regular season, but Culver picked up a 36-33 victory over South Central last week.  West Central downed Triton 66-6 last week. 

Whiting (9-1) at Winamac (10-0)
Perhaps the best match up of the week pits Whiting against Winamac.  The Oilers and Warriors have not played each other in recent memory.  Whiting’s last sectional championship appearance came in 2009 and its last sectional championship came in 1997.

-Brandon Vickrey

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