Isaiah Calaway (20) and Don Richard (8) hold Michael Williams jersery before taking the field for their IHSAA Sectional Championship game against Floyd Central High School at Whiteland High School. Williams and two other students were involved in a serious car accident earlier in the week. Williams is still hospitalized. Mike Wolanin / The Daily Journal
Pingpong balls pulled from a hopper determined first-round pairings in the annual IHSAA State Football Tournament. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will play where.
Circumstances in Class 5A have No. 3 Whiteland hosting its third consecutive postseason game tonight, having conquered Sectional 14 with home-field victories against Franklin Community and Floyd Central.
“Luck of the draw. Just the way that it goes,” said Warriors coach Darrin Fisher, whose 9-2 club must get past fifth-ranked and three-time defending Class 4A state champion Cathedral in order to notch the program’s second regional title (3A in 1999). “We’ve been unbelievably fortunate, but we’ve been on the other end of it before, too.”