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MERRILLVILLE â€” Only three area teams remain as IHSAA football sectionals continue around the state this Friday.
Culver (8-3) will attempt to defend its Class A Sectional 33 title as it plays host to South Central (9-2), while Bremen (8-3) hits the road for Garrett (6-5) in a bid for the programâ€™s first sectional crown in well over a decade in Class 2A Sectional 26 action, and John Glenn (9-2) travels to No. 6 Andrean to vie for its first sectional title since 2004 in the 3A Sectional 17 championship.
Its always a delicate balance between staying focused on your opponents each week while planning for the future.
One advantage the Falcons have is that the state-ranked, three-time defending sectional champion Fighting 59ers have been the presumptive tourney favorites all season long.
Despite Fridayâ€™s game representing the two programsâ€™ first meeting, Glenn wonâ€™t have much guesswork to do as it attempts to dethrone Andrean.
â€śI think that going into sectionals everybody would tell you that Andrean is the team to beat. I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s any surprise,â€ť said John Glenn head football coach Justin Bogunia. â€śEver since the Jimtown game weâ€™ve been working on things to make us better against a team like that. Jimtown helped us out in that aspect, helping us prepare for a tough game... Weâ€™ve definitely been adding things and working on things to make us a better team going into the playoffs. Weâ€™ve definitely got things weâ€™re going to pull out this Friday on offense.