Boys Varsity Football
The Columbus North football team now knows its postseason path.
Five days after posting a 38-14 victory at Bloomington South, the Bull Dogs (4-2) learned Thursday (Oct. 8) that they will host top-ranked Center Grove (7-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in the opening round of Class 6A Sectional 8.
The other first-round game in Sectional 8 is Columbus East (5-2) at Franklin Central (1-6).
The first-round winners will square off for the sectional final on Friday, Nov. 6. If CN wins its opener, the Bull Dogs will be the visiting team if Columbus East beats Franklin Central and CN would be the home team if Franklin Central tops Columbus East.
Sectional admission is $6 per person.
In last season’s sectional, Franklin Central defeated Columbus North 14-11 and Center Grove beat Columbus East 31-7 in the first round. Center Grove then beat Franklin Central 49-14 in the sectional final. The Trojans also topped Warren Central 28-14 in the regional and Ben Davis 17-10 in the semi-state prior to falling to Carmel 20-17 in the Class 6A state championship game.
In Center Grove, the Bull Dogs are facing a two-time former state championship program that was the Class 6A state runner-up in 2019. Over the years, the Trojans have won 15 sectionals, 14 regionals, five semi-states and state titles in 2008 and 2015.
Columbus North has won four sectionals and three regionals, the most recent of both in 2007. The Bull Dogs have no semi-state or state titles. Columbus North has won football sectionals in 1989, 2004, 2006 and 2007, all in Class 5A. It also claimed regional titles in the last three of those seasons.
Columbus East has won 13 sectionals, 11 regionals, three semi-states and three state crowns over the years. The Olympians’ most recent sectional crown came in 2018. Franklin Central has won nine sectional championships over the years as well as eight regionals, six semi-states and four state titles. The Flashes’ most recent sectional title came in 1993; their most recent titles in other rounds came in 1990.
The Bull Dogs close their 2020 regular season with a home game at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 9) against Class 5A No. 15 Bloomington North (3-3) and then travel to Terre Haute South (2-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Center Grove visits Class 6A No. 9 Lawrence North (5-2) on Friday and hosts Class 5A No. 1 Cathedral (7-0) on Oct. 16 to complete its regular season.