IHSAA Tournament High School Football Zone Pairings
The Marian Boys Football Team won’t have to wait long to begin their playoff run.
The No. 5-ranked Knights will start the tournament in a familiar place, like home at Abro Stadium and as the team to beat in section field.
Pairings for the state tournament series, which begins with sectional play Oct. 3, were drawn by the IHSAA on Sunday night.
Marian is the headliner of the estate in her own Class 2A section. The Knights, who are 11-1-2, will face South Bend Clay in Game 1.
Bremen, who beat Marian and Saint Joseph to win the section title in 2021, face Saint Joseph in the semi-finals in Marian. Bremen’s No.8 is 10-3-1 and No.12 Saint Joseph sits at 6-7-2.
Marian, whose only loss is in Warsaw, plays at Saint Joseph on Wednesday night.
Adams and Elkhart will serve as hosts for the Class 3A sections. No. 14 Penn, who is 7-4-4, is the defending champion at Adams. The Kingsmen take on Chesterton in a first-round clash.
Elkhart’s field is very strong with No. 13 Goshen and No. 16 Elkhart in the mix. Elkhart, the defending champion, got the bye into the seven-team field. Goshen takes on Mishawaka in a first-round contest.
The sections are October 3, 5, 7 and 8. The regional semi-finals are on October 12 with the regional finals on October 15. The half-states are Oct. 22 with the state finals Oct. 28-29.
For complete state tournament pairings, including dates and times, visit ihsaa.org.
Zone section pairings
Game 1: Adams vs. New Prairie. Game 2: Penn vs. Chesterton. Game 3: Riley vs. Michigan City. Game 4: LaPorte vs. Game 1 winner. Game 5: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner. Game 6: Championship
Game 1: Northridge v Plymouth. Game 2: Concord vs. East Noble. Game 3: Goshen vs. Mishawaka. Match 4: Elkhart vs. Winner of Match 1. Match 5: Winner of Match 2 vs. Winner of Match 3. Match 6: Championship
Match 1: Marian vs. Clay. Game 2: Glenn vs. Washington. Match 3: Winner of Match 1 against Winner of Match 2. Match 4: Bremen against Saint Joseph. Match 5: Championship
Game 1: Lakeland vs. NorthWood. Game 2: West Noble vs. Wawasee. Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2. Match 4: Angola vs. Garrett. Match 5: Championship
Match 1: South Bend Trinity vs. Bethany Christian. Match 2: Elkhart Christian Academy vs. LaVille. Match 3: Lakeland Christian Academy vs. Winner of Match 1. Match 4: Championship
Match 1: Culver vs. Caston. Game 2: North White vs. North Miami. Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2. Match 4: Argos vs Winamac. Match 5: Championship