(10-8-20) The blind drawing for the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) state football tournament was held tonight.

The one factor not included in the draw is pandemic conditions that has played havoc in recent weeks with games being cancelled due to positive COVID 19 tests. Neighboring state Ohio, who starts tournament play tomorrow, has already seen schools forfeit games and drop out of the first week due to the virus.

About the Draw – To conduct the random drawing for the football state tournament, the IHSAA places ping-pong balls representing each school in a given sectional into a lottery-style air mix machine. A fan in the bottom of the machine blows the balls around the inside of the transparent container and air then forces each ball up through a tube in random order. For example, the first ball retrieved from the machine will be the visiting team in game one with the second ball representing the home team in game one. The third ball to come out is the visitor in game two and the fourth ball the home team in game two. That same method is followed through all 48 sectionals. In the case of five-team sectionals in Class 5A, the first two teams drawn will play the opening weekend of the tournament with the fifth team drawn receiving the bye and an automatic road game in the semifinal round against the opening game winner. The third and fourth teams drawn will play in the other semifinal game. In seven-team sectionals, the seventh team drawn receives the bye and an automatic road game in the semifinal round.

Below are Stateline area teams brackets-

Class A

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Adams County fans are happy again this year as both Adams Central and South Adams are in different sectionals. The Flying Jets had to cancel this week’s game due to an outbreak in the school system, they are scheduled to play in round one against Fremont. South Adams will take on the Indians of Union City in their first game and should be considered as a state title contender.

Class 2A

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A bracket of interest will see a Bluffton-Praire Heights winner play the winner of the Eastside-Bluffton game, the Blazers could be a favorite in 2A.

Class 3A

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Bellmont will face-off in game one against Oak Hill, the winner gets the winner of the Ft. Wayne Concordia-Peru match-up.

Heritage and Norwell will square off in another area game.

Class 4A

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Jay County will open the play-offs against Delta, a win would advance the Patriots to play the Huntington North-Ft. Wayne Wayne winner.

Notables

Schools Entered: 314 schools. 308 games will be played over the six-week tournament.

Schools Entered for First Time (0) None.

Schools Playing Up One Class due to Tournament Success Factor – Columbus East (Class 6A Sectional 8). Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (Class 5A, Sectional 11). Evansville Memorial (Class 4A, Sectional 24). Southridge (Class 3A, Sectional 32). Pioneer (Class 2A, Sectional 34).

Schools Remaining in Higher Class due to Tournament Success Factor – Fort Wayne Snider (Class 6A, Sectional 3). Indianapolis Cathedral (Class 5A, Sectional 13). New Palestine (Class 5A, Sectional 14).

Schools Opting to Play Up a Class – None.

Class 6A: Oct. 30; Nov. 6; 2020.
Class 5A-1A: Oct. 23, 30; Nov. 6, 2020.
Times: 7 pm local time or as determined by host school.
Admission: $6 per person.