Sectional football schedule set for state tourney

    Based on past history, all three Adams County teams should be favored in the first week of IHSAA football sectional play.
    South Adams is the only county school with a home game and they'll entertain the Golden Bears from Monroe Central, currently in just its second year of having a varsity team. Monroe Central went winless for the year in its initial campaign but has captured three games this year including a season-opening 20-19 win over Edinburgh of Johnson County.
    The other two MC wins have come against two of the lowest ranked class 1A teams in the state in Anderson Prep (54-6) and Wes-Del (27-14). Even with the three wins, Monroe Central, at least on paper, appears to be no match for Coach Jason Arnold and his Starfires who are currently 7-1 and focused on traditional season-ending rival Southern Wells this week.
    The only SA loss of the year was a 30-6 setback against ACAC power Leo but even with that loss, South Adams has averaged 29.4 points per game on offense while allowing only 14.1. Their 38-20 win over Adams Central was one of just two games this year (Leo the other) where the Starfires have given up more than two touchdowns in a game.
    Bellmont puts on its traveling shoes to visit Blackford, which is located on S.R. 3 just north of Hartford City. The Bruins enjoyed their first real win of the season last Friday night in a thrilling 42-37 debacle over Frankton as Frankton scored late in the game and then recovered an onside kick before running out of time.
    Technically, Blackford is 2-6 on the season but the other "W" was a forfeit from Eastbrook, one of the favorites in the class 3A tournament. The Panthers captured the game on the field back on September 16 but used an ineligible player late in the game and was forced to forfeit the 54-point win to the Bruins.
    Adams Central put on a 53-28 shellacking on the Bruins in the season opener, one of three times Blackford has given up over 50 points in a game this year. However, the Bruin record could be somewhat misconceiving as they have lost three games by a combined total of five points (14-13 to Jay County, 21-18 to Elwood, and 36-35 to Mississinewa).
    Blackford is coached by former South Adams assistant Steve Rinker, who is currently in his second year at the helm of the Bruins.
    Bellmont, at 3-5, is much like Blackford in that they have lost a total of three games by a touchdown or less (13-10 to South Adams, 10-6 to Carroll, and 19-13 to New Haven) while a fourth setback was just by seven to Columbia City 28-21. Their only lopsided loss was a 55-7 trouncing administered by Homestead while the Braves have knocked off Woodlan, Norwell, and DeKalb, a feat many other teams this year have done as well.
    The Braves, which average 17.8 points per game on offense while giving up 19.6 on defense, end their regular season this Friday at East Noble, also a NHC opponent.
    Triton found the "W" hard to come by early in the season but now has a two-game winning streak going with a 41-0 blitz of LaVille and 21-13 triumph over Knox last Friday. Included in their six-game loss streak, however, was a string of three games where they were outscored 137-10 (Culver, Bremen, and John Glenn).
    The Trojans average 16.8 points a game while their porous defense has allowed 34.1.
    Adams Central got back on the winning track last Friday with a narrow 21-20 decision over ACAC rival Bluffton, despite the fact the Tigers had an advantage in total offense. The Jets showed signs of spark early in the season scoring 94 points in their first two games but have amassed just 98 over their last six contests.
    They average 24.0 per game in the end zone while the Jets permit an average of 28.1 per tilt.