Here’s a look at all of the area sectional football games. I was 40-5 (88.9 percent) on predictions last week to improve to 317-72 (81.5 percent) overall on the season (all games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted):
Hamilton Southeastern (8-1) at Fishers (6-3): At about 8 p.m. on Sept. 11, Hamilton Southeastern appeared on its way to a 2-2 start.
The Royals trailed rival Fishers by four touchdowns at halftime. Then it got crazy. HSE rallied for a 39-33 win and hasn’t looked back. The Royals are now 8-1, ranked fourth in Class 6A and the outright champion of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
Fishers was ranked No. 3 that night, on the cusp of a 4-0 start. The Tigers are now 6-3 and unranked, though coming off back-to-back wins over Westfield and Zionsville to end the regular season.
HSE returns to the scene of its heist on Friday night, playing at Fishers in a Class 6A Sectional 4 game. Last year, in the same round, Fishers blanked HSE 21-0. Overall, the Tigers are 3-1 in tournament games against the Royals.
There is a reason HSE has won every game since the season-opening loss to Carmel. There are many reasons, in fact. The Royals are talented and explosive on both sides of the ball. Carter Poiry (1,928 passing yards, 12 TDs) has shown the ability to throw for big numbers when necessary and seniors Greg Miller (47 catches, 713 yards) and Aaron Matio (613 receiving yards, 578 rushing yards) are playmakers. The defense has also been strong, led by senior Collin Miller (24 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks).
Can Fishers spring the upset? The offense will need to keep pace. Senior quarterback Zach Eaton (1,462 yards, 12 TDs) has played in a lot of big games. The Tigers could use some big plays from senior Jeremy Chinn, who plays mostly defense but leads the team with eight TD runs.
HSE wins this one without digging itself an early hole. HSE 31, Fishers 24.
Ben Davis (5-4) at Pike (4-5): It’s been up and down most of the season for these teams, but both come in with a two-game winning streak. Pike won the regular season meeting, 30-27, to end the Giants’ nine-game win streak dating back to last season. Reese Taylor (1,358 passing yards) has seized his opportunity at quarterback and Chris Evans is coming off his best rushing game this season in a 198-yard effort against Lawrence Central. Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner is just 2-4 against Pike in tournament games. Ben Davis 30, Pike 27.
Avon (7-2) at Brownsburg (4-5): Since losses to Ben Davis and Hamilton Southeastern, sixth-ranked Avon has ripped off six consecutive wins. One of those was a 56-21 win over Brownsburg on ESPNU as Brandon Peters passed for 362 yards and six touchdowns. Can the Bulldogs keep pace? Brownsburg could use a big day from Iowa recruit Toks Akinribade (1,304 yards, 15 TDs), who rushed for 202 yards in the first meeting. Avon 35, Brownsburg 28.
Cathedral (6-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6): Cathedral’s defense held No. 1 Center Grove to just 211 yards last week in a 7-0 loss. But the fifth-ranked Irish couldn’t get their offense off the ground. Cathedral will need it this week as it takes on a Lawrence Central team that it defeated 32-14 in the season opener. Lawrence Central running back Gerrid Doaks (1,625 yards, 21 TDs) has rushed for more than 150 yards against every opponent except Cathedral and Center Grove. Cathedral 24, Lawrence Central 17.
West Lafayette (8-1) at Western Boone (8-1): West Lafayette is coming off its first loss, 38-20 to Lafayette Central Catholic. But the Class 3A third-ranked Red Devils were mostly dominant in their first eight games. Eighth-ranked Western Boone has found a good connection with quarterback Nathanial Bye (1,858 yards, 24 TDs) and receiver Kaleb McCloskey (56 catches, 785 yards, 12 TDs). These teams last met four years ago in the sectional. West Lafayette 32, Western Boone 27.
Brebeuf Jesuit (5-4) vs. Bishop Chatard (5-3), at Tech: Brebeuf defeated Chatard 22-17 at the beginning of the 2013 season to end a 19-game losing streak to the Trojans. Since then, Chatard has won two more in the series, 17-14 last season and 27-17 this year. Brebeuf’s other three losses are to 5A and 6A programs. Bishop Chatard 26, Brebeuf Jesuit 21.
Noblesville (3-6) at Carmel (7-2): These natural rivals don’t meet all that often, though Carmel did win 28-6 in last year’s sectional. The Greyhounds have won six in a row while Noblesville has lost four straight. Carmel 35, Noblesville 10.
North Central (0-9) at Lawrence North (2-7): North Central has lost 20 consecutive games but its closest loss this year was a 34-21 setback to Lawrence North – its last win also came over Lawrence North, in the 2013 sectional. Lawrence North 28, North Central 20.
Warren Central (6-3) at Perry Meridian (5-4): Warren Central will be a tough out in the tournament. Warren Central 38, Perry Meridian 17.
Center Grove (9-0) at Columbus North (6-3): The potential for a Warren Central-Center Grove regional showdown is tantalizing. Center Grove 35, Columbus North 13.
Columbus East (9-0) at Franklin (1-8): Columbus East’s Steven O’Neal has rushed for 1,182 yards this season. Columbus East 36, Franklin 23.
Lebanon (2-7) at Western (2-7): Lebanon was forced to give up two wins via forfeit for using an ineligible player. Lebanon 24, Western 21.
Frankfort (5-4) at Roncalli (5-4): Roncalli goes for its fourth consecutive win. Its scored at least 30 points in those three games. Roncalli 38, Frankfort 14.
Greenwood (5-4) at Beech Grove (6-3): Greenwood has lost three of four coming in, while Beech Grove has lost three of its last five. Greenwood 34, Beech Grove 28.
Northview (9-0) at Mooresville (5-4): Northview knocked off Mooresville 28-19 in last year’s sectional. Mooresville 23, Northview 21.
Jay County (4-5) at Mt. Vernon (5-4): Mt. Vernon is capable of winning Sectional 22. Mt. Vernon 31, Jay County 21.
Pendleton Heights (3-6) at Connersville (1-8): Pendleton Heights lost four of its last five. Pendleton Heights 35, Connersville 14.
Delta (6-3) at Greenfield-Central (4-5): Delta won the regular season meeting, 33-14. Delta 28, Greenfield-Central 18.
Shelbyville (8-1) at Jennings County (6-3): Not an easy draw for Shelbyville. The Golden Bears are seeking their first sectional crown. Shelbyville 32, Jennings County 17.
Hamilton Heights (6-3) at Crawfordsville (3-6): Hamilton Heights hasn’t won a sectional title since 2012, when it played in the state finals. Hamilton Heights 35, Crawfordsville 7.
Greencastle (1-8) at Guerin Catholic (7-2), 7:30 p.m.: Guerin has to be considered a state title contender. Guerin Catholic 45, Greencastle 14.
Tri-West (6-3) at Danville (2-7): Tri-West won the regular season meeting, 59-13. Tri-West 48, Danville 20.
Northwest (5-4) at West Vigo (6-3): Northwest is capable of scoring some points – and giving up some. West Vigo 42, Northwest 30.
Marshall (0-9) at Greensburg (4-5): Marshall defeated Greensburg two years ago in the sectional. Greensburg 42, Marshall 7.
Batesville (8-1) at Manual (3-6): Manual’s program has shown some life after back-to-back winless seasons. Batesville 42, Manual 12.
Indian Creek (6-3) at Washington (1-7): Indian Creek has won five in a row. Indian Creek 52, Washington 7.
Heritage Christian (7-2) at Broad Ripple (1-8): Heritage Christian will be a dangerous team in Sectional 37. Heritage Christian 48, Broad Ripple 14.
Speedway (2-7) at Frankton (4-5): Speedway has played a tougher schedule. Speedway 28, Frankton 25.
Scecina (4-5) at Lapel (4-5): Should be a competitive game. Both teams coming off lopsided losses. Scecina 34, Lapel 24.
Park Tudor (1-8) vs. Cardinal Ritter (5-4), at Marian: These teams met just last week, a 38-6 Ritter win. Cardinal Ritter 42, Park Tudor 14.
Union County (3-6) at Triton Central (5-4): Triton Central has won four of its last five. Triton Central 34, Union County 13.
Northwestern (7-2) at Eastern Hancock (9-0): Eastern Hancock won 33-7 in the season opener between these teams. Eastern Hancock 35, Northeastern 20.
Milan (4-5) at Howe (6-3): Howe has a shot at its first sectional title in program history, though it’ll be tough in Sectional 38. Howe 37, Milan 27.
Mitchell (2-7) at Monrovia (8-1): Monrovia is averaging 55.9 points a game. Monrovia 56, Mitchell 13.
Paoli (2-7) at Cascade (4-5), 7:30 p.m.: Cascade has won just two sectional games since 2008. Cascade 33, Paoli 27.
Riverton Parke (0-9) at Covenant Christian (2-4), 7:30 p.m.: Covenant Christian plays its first sectional game – and may have a chance to win. Covenant Christian 21, Riverton Parke 20.
South Putnam (6-3) at Sheridan (3-6): Tough draw for Sheridan. South Putnam 28, Sheridan 24.
Shortridge (2-6) at Cambridge City Lincoln (3-6): Both teams have struggled late in the season. Cambridge City Lincoln 27, Shortridge 23.
Lutheran (5-4) at Knightstown (2-7): Lutheran will have a good shot to win another sectional. Lutheran 42, Knightstown 16.
Tindley (1-5) at Indiana Deaf (7-2): Indiana Deaf can get to eight wins for the first time since 2007. Indiana Deaf 37, Tindley 14.
Oldenburg Academy (6-3) at Edinburgh (2-7): Oldenburg is playing its first sectional game. Oldenburg 35, Edinburgh 28.
Franklin Central (3-6) at Southport (7-2): Southport won the first meeting between the teams, 34-21. Southport 35, Franklin Central 28.