Selection Sunday-- football style
What is the most important time of a season-ending tournament? Many will say getting the first game under your belt is the best thing; others will say it's a game that may provide a chance for an underdog to make a legitimate run at a favorite. Maybe it is a team not known for its traditional prowess in a certain sport upsetting the balance of power (see Linton basketball, spring of 2013.)
But it all starts on Draw Day. In my mind, the sectional draw is the most-important day of the tournament-- especially in football, where the Sectional champ will be halfway to a state title. It also means a favorable draw for a team is enhanced through the Sectional round.
Football Draw Day is Sunday-- more specifically, Sunday night. In Knox County, two of the four teams-- Vincennes Lincoln and North Knox-- will hope for good draws, to improve their chances. Traditionally, Lincoln's draws have been good, while North Knox's haven't. In Lincoln's 3A Sectional, all roads lead through a rejeuvenated Gibson Southern-- but that doesn't mean L-H-S wouldn't benefit from a good draw. The Alices' win over Washington may help to spark confidence-- and a win over Princeton in two weeks would enhance that.
As for North Knox's field... Linton has shown themselves the class of the sectional-- again. However, one cut below that, three teams could cause problems-- the Warriors, North Daviess, and Perry Central. How can the Warriors do in this field of eight? Don't look at last Friday's game against Linton; instead, look at this Friday's matchup with North Daviess for clues. The two teams face each other at Cougar Valley; I think that game will answer many questions about the two teams' focus moving into their Class A Sectional.
Draw Day- or in this case, Draw Night. Will good things ensue for either or both County teams? The draw will answer many questions...
That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.