Tri-Central’s football team moved up to No. 8 in Class A this week based on last Friday’s victory over Sheridan.
Today, the Trojans begin their quest to make even bigger waves. Tri-Central (8-1) hosts Clinton Central (1-8) at 7 p.m. in the opening round of play in Class A Sectional 44.
Also in Sectional 44, Indianapolis Arlington (3-4) visits two-time defending sectional champ Sheridan (4-5), Indianapolis Tindley (2-7) faces Indianapolis Shortridge (6-3), and Clinton Prairie (3-6) visits the Indiana Deaf School (5-4).
“I know it’s kind of hard to get up for teams that are 1-8, but we’ve only beaten Clinton Central three times in the last 28 years,” TC coach George Gilbert said. He was formerly coach at CC and still teaches there. “So we have no laurels that we can sit on. We’ve won some but the big goal is still sitting out in front of us for us to achieve.
“We really think if we can win the sectional, we feel we could be the Cinderella team. But we’ve got to take care of business and the Sheridan game was a hard-fought game last week. Sheridan is very good. I still think they beat most teams in Class A. We have to hopefully work through Clinton Central and keep everybody healthy and we would love to win that game and then get the opportunity to play Sheridan again.”
To get that chance, the Trojans must handle a Clinton Central team that TC beat 35-0 in the regular season. Gilbert stressed CC is dangerous due to playing a difficult schedule and a passing game that can lead to big results when clicking.
“Oh man, they’re throwing the ball all over the place,” Gilbert said. “They’ve got a freshman QB [Keenan Orr] but he’s a big kid. He offers some complications, and they have speed at the corners. Plus they have the [Cole] Simmons boy. They’ve got a real nice kid up front, they have a couple linemen that are tough kids. They’re going to give us their best.”