FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Seven points separated them in their regular season match-up, but this week rivals Homestead and Carroll have a lot more on the line. The two NHC rivals square off Friday night with a shot at a 6A sectional championship, with the winner keeping its season alive.
Back on October 3, the Chargers beat the Spartans, 13-6. Carroll would go to win every game of its regular season, claim the NHC title, and an impressive 40-3 win at Warsaw to open sectional play.
Homestead, who is 8-2 this year, takes the field Friday with a three-game winning streak. The Spartans last loss was the game where they fell to Carroll by a touchdown. The Spartans are also looking to avoid a repeat of the 2013 season where they lost two games to their county rivals.
In 2013, Homestead lost the regular season contest with Carroll, 51-34. The two teams also played in the 6A sectional semi-finals, where the Spartans came up short again, 49-7. Before that year, the Spartans had won 11 straight games versus Carroll, including postseason play.
As sectional wraps up for 6A schools, it’s only beginning for 5A.
Under the current tournament structure, most schools in the state’s second-largest class get a bye when the postseason starts. The two state finalists in 6A get a bye after the Semi State round.
A pair of 5A teams with winning records will meet in Huntington when Snider, 7-2, faces Huntington North, 5-4.
In 4A, NorthWood, who is 6-4, will host Leo, who enters the game at 8-2. The winner of that game will face either East Noble, who is 7-3, or Northridge, who is 8-2. Those two schools play Friday night in Kendallville.
In other match-ups featuring two teams with winning records, Bellmont, 6-4, goes to Garrett, 7-3, in a 3A contest.
In 2A, Woodlan and Eastside will meet for the second time in 2014. The Warriors, 7-3, beat the Blazers, 57-33 in week one of the season. Eastside enters the game with a 9-1 record.
Finally, a pair of 7-3 teams will meet in southern Wabash County in 1A. That’s were Southwood will host Southern Wells.