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Shelbyville hosts Richmond, TC at Eastern (Pekin) in football sectional openers

Luck has not necessarily been on the side of Shelbyville’s football program this season.

That changed Sunday when the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the first round sectional games for the 49th Annual IHSAA Football State Tournament.

All four teams with one win in Class 4A, Sectional 21 were paired together.

Shelbyville (1-4) will host Richmond (1-7) on Oct. 22 at McKeand Stadium in Shelbyville. The Golden Bears’ lone win this season came over Richmond, 22-16, on Aug. 27.

Shelbyville canceled its next three games due to COVID-19 protocols and has struggled since returning to the field to regain the momentum created that last August night.

The winner of Shelbyville-Richmond will face either Muncie Central (1-7) or Connersville (1-7). If the Golden Bears win, they will either play at Muncie Central or Connersville.

In the other half of the eight-team bracket, Pendleton Heights (4-4) will be at No. 5 Mt. Vernon (7-1) and Greenfield-Central (5-3) will travel to New Castle (2-6).

Mt. Vernon defeated Shelbyville last Friday, 49-0, in a game that was ended at halftime when the lights at McKeand Stadium powered down and could not be restarted.

The sectional semifinal games are Oct. 29 and sectional championship games will be played on Nov. 5.

Class 2A, Sectional 39 is a distinctly southern Indiana grouping with two exceptions – Triton Central and Union County.

Triton Central (5-3) will open the sectional tournament at Eastern (Pekin) (0-5). The winner would face either Mitchell (3-4) or Clarksville (1-7) in the semifinal round.

If Triton Central and Mitchell win, the Tigers would be at Mitchell. If Clarksville wins, Triton Central would host Clarksville at Mendenhall Field in Fairland.

The top half of the bracket features Providence (4-4) at Switzerland County (2-5) and Union County (4-3) at Paoli (5-1).