Football playoffs-- a season of hope
Hope is the most fulsome diet any man can have. This week, football teams are full of hope-- but for roughly half of all IHSAA teams in six classes, hope will be dashed, and it will be time to move indoors for basketball season.
Some teams probably don't have a lot of hope this Friday night. Not many people are expecting Class A Number 1 Linton to lose at Dugger this Friday night. Other seemingly lopsided matchups include one-win Washington versus undefeated Brownstown Central, and North Daviess versus Springs Valley. The Cougars put up 60 points in a victory over the Blackhawks the week before.
Let's look over this Friday's games. Vincennes Lincoln at 2-6 traveling to Gibson Southern. GS won the PAC title 31-21over Southridge at Huntingburg; LHS lost at Princeton last Friday. Sad to say, the prognosis isn't good for this Alice team.
North Knox at home versus Perry Central. The first time these two have played; however, if this North Knox team is to win, they have to reverse recent performances. The last 3 years, they have lost their last 3 games of the regular season, and lost their tournament opener the last two. The Wariors lost to Linton a year ago, and were upset by Eastern Greene at home the year before that. The question here is-- can this team recover from a bad, bad loss to winless Washington last Friday? Which is the REAL North Knox-- the team that played relatively well the first 8 weeks, or the one that laid a golden egg against Washington at home? Perry Central is 7-2, but strength of schedule is a problem for the Commodores. North Knox is optimistic-- and if they need any prodding, if they win Friday, they have two probable rematches-- in tournament week 2 versus North Daviess, and if they make it that far, in a Week 3 probable matchup against Linton. But to get there, they have to overcome their recent late-season history of losses. It hasn't been pretty for the Warriors late in the season over the last several years-- but one game can turn the tide. We will see if it happens on Friday.
Hope is the most fulsome diet for a team. It is up to them whether or not hope ends by 11 pm Friday night.
That's my take... I'm Tom Lee..
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