Cats favored, Pats draw reasonable path


The Jasper football team has notched a season for the record books, so far.

The Class 4A-No. 3 Wildcats have begun the year unbeaten (8-0) and have earned at least a share of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference.

The Wildcats' playoff pairing sees them heavy favorites to get to the sectional championship. It's been eight years since they collected hardware.

After Northview, they will face the winner of Evansville Reitz-Boonville. Jasper's biggest threat in Sectional 24 is on the other side, No. 6 Evansville Memorial. It topped the Tigers 27-19 on the road in the 2021 opener.

Heritage Hills and Southridge were handed polar opposite assignments in the Class 3A Sectional 32.

The Patriots (6-2) have a straightforward path on paper to the sectional title bout. They have North Harrison to kick off the playoffs, with the winner playing Corydon-Evansville Bosse.

Heritage Hills last came out of the sectional bracket in 2019, en route to a state runner-up finish.

Southridge (4-4) heads into the postseason as the defending champs of this sectional, but getting out of it again will likely require multiple upsets.

If it gets past Salem — a rematch from last year's championship — a semifinal looms with the No. 2 Gibson Southern-No. 10 Mt. Vernon winner.

The good news for Forest Park (3-5) is that it avoided North Knox, who ousted it from the past two sectionals.

The bad news is that the bottom half of the Class 2A Sectional 40 is loaded. The Rangers open with No. 8 Evansville Mater Dei, and if they spring an upset, could potentially see No. 6 and unbeaten Linton-Stockton.

The Wildcats won the past two sectionals, including topping Linton-Stockton in the championship last year.

The most recent playoff win for the Rangers came against Tell City in 2019.

Class 4A Sectional 24

G1: Evansville Memorial vs. Evansville Harrison

G2: Evansville Reitz vs. Boonville

G3: Jasper vs. Northview

G4: Evansville Central vs Evansville Memorial/Evansville Harrison

G5: Jasper/Northview vs. Evansville Reitz/Boonville

G6: Championship

Class 3A Sectional 32

G1: Heritage Hills vs. North Harrison

G2: Corydon Central vs. Evansville Bosse

G3: Southridge vs. Salem

G4: Gibson Southern vs. Mt. Vernon

G5: Heritage Hills/North Harrison vs. Corydon Central/Evansville Bosse

G6: Southridge/Salem vs. Gibson Southern/Mt. Vernon

G7: Championship

Class 2A Sectional 40

G1: North Posey vs. Crawford County

G2: South Spencer vs. North Knox

G3: Linton-Stockton vs. Tell City

G4: Forest Park vs. Evansville Mater Dei

G5: North Posey/Crawford County vs. South Spencer/North Knox

G6: Forest Park/Evansville Mater Dei vs. Linton-Stockton/Tell City

G7: Championship

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