It all comes down to this. The last two SIAC teams in the 4a class will battle each other for the Sectional Crown.
"It's exciting for the simple fact that we're playing a sectional final," said Memorial Head Coach John Hurley. "If anybody had said this back in July that we'd be playing for a Sectional in any capacity in football in the state of Indiana, I think it would have been at best, a 30/70 type thing."
"It's exciting for our kids," said Central Head coach Sean Coultis. "I've coached football for forever and I will continue to do so, but for our kids, especially for our seniors that have put in a lot of work, it's good for them. I couldn't imagine being a kid right now in this day and age with everything that's going on in the world right now, these kids need to get out the house and be around their friends and have all that hard work that they've put in the off season pay off."
2020 saw both teams get out to completely different starts. Central still has not lost this year, while Memorial has won 8 in a row since starting 0-3.
"The key is competing," said Memorial Senior De'Marko Vaughn. "We were down, just losing and we fought back. We were tired of losing and we just had to come back and compete and win."
"It's the little stuff like, we try to run hard, practice harder than every team out here," said Central Junior Isaiah Cooper. "We just try to outwork every team."
These two met in the sectional for the first time ever last year with Memorial taking the crown, and Central would love to flip the script this time around.
"That game was heart breaking," said Central Senior Jaxx Wargel. "Everybody was just heartbroken. It was terrible and we just knew we could do some other things better. We're just going to bring everything we've got this year."
"It helps a lot on both sides," said Memorial Junior Connor Agler. "It's just going to come down to adjustments and I think each team kind of knows what we're trying to do and it's just going to comedown to execution and adjustments."