By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – Here are my picks for Friday’s championship games in sectionals involving Southern Indiana schools:
CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 39
Paoli (9-2) at Providence (6-5), 7 p.m.: The Pioneers seemed to be coming together during the sectional after suffering back-to-back losses to Milan and Linton-Stockton to end their regular season. If junior running back Kaden Williams, who is Providence’s X-factor, can make big plays on both sides of the ball, the Pioneers have a chance to win their first sectional title since 2007.
But the Rams have a lot of firepower on offense. They rank sixth in Class 2A in scoring average at 39.7 points per game. Their defense has been stingy as they have allowed single-digit points versus seven of their opponents. Plus like Providence, Paoli has played a few bigger schools this season in Class 4A No. 3 Evansville Central and another tough 4A team in Greenwood.
The Pioneers need to play really well to win this title game, but I think the Rams are too strong.
Old Kev’s pick: Paoli 26, Providence 17.
CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 15
Class 5A No. 2 Columbus East (10-1) at Class 5A No. 7 Floyd Central (8-2), 7 p.m.: The Highlanders have lots of veterans and their defense is solid. But once again, I think the Olympians will show too much muscle and collect another sectional championship trophy.
Old Kev’s pick: Columbus East 38, Floyd Central 21.
CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 23
Silver Creek (9-2) at Class 4A No. 9 East Central (8-3), 7 p.m.: The Dragons are in a sectional final for the first time and they must go on a long trip to compete in it. The Trojans have lots of experience playing in sectional championships and I think they will put that experience to good use.
Old Kev’s pick: East Central 27, Silver Creek 14.
CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 31
Class 3A No. 5 Lawrenceburg (10-1) at Class 3A No. 6 North Harrison (11-0), 7:30 p.m.: Even though the Tigers have a really good team and they are the defending Class 3A state runners-up, I have liked the Cougars all season and I think they find a way to earn that first-ever sectional championship. If North Harrison runs the ball and plays solid defense like it has all season, then the Cougars have an excellent chance.
Old Kev’s pick: North Harrison 23, Lawrenceburg 20.
CLASS 6A SECTIONAL 8
Center Grove 28, Columbus North 24
CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 14
Bloomington South 31, Martinsville 20
CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 24
Evansville Central 45, Evansville Bosse 14
CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 32
Evansville Memorial 35, Gibson Southern 34
CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 40
Evansville Mater Dei 33, Southridge 28
CLASS A SECTIONAL 48
Eastern Greene 29, North Central (Farmersburg) 26
OLD KEV’S RECORD FOR WEEK 11: 12-0.
OLD KEV’S SEASON RECORD: 130-27 (.828).