AC, Braves look to upset at regionals
Bellmont's Lance Shifferly stiff-arms a Blackford foe en route to a big run after the catch. (Photo by John Rothwell)
The Braves and Jets will both be traveling quite the distance for their regional match-ups tomorrow in hopes of pulling off the unlikely against West Lafayette and Sheridan, two powerhouses in their respective divisions.
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The West Lafayette Red Devils have an impressive 11-1 record going into the contest and they also have the home-field advantage going their way, but the upstart Braves have something of a chip on their shoulders as they come into the game with the confidence and momentum.
The Braves have their second sectional title ever under their belt, but what makes this one seem more special is that they were not expected to make it past the first game. Since the season started the Braves have been playing for respect and it took them winning the sectional championship to earn it in the eyes of many of the school's doubters.
The Adams Central Flying Jets have their 17th sectional, first since 2006, locked up already, but they would really love to get their 11th regional title as well as they go up against the mighty Sheridan Blackhawks, whose recent victims, the Starfires of South Adams, were thwarted from the first ever Adams County regional rivalry against AC.
South Adams defeated the Jets pretty handily by a 20-38 loss at the Stardome earlier in the year. Sheridan defeated the Stars in overtime by a 41-40 score just last week, which is why not very many fans are giving the Jets a chance for victory this week, but AC coach Michael Mosser will be the first to tell fans that this Jets team is on the rise.
Both Bellmont and Adams Central will have a tough go tomorrow, but both squads have been playing the best football of their seasons and their momentum should make both games very interesting to watch.