In the midst of a trying 2012 campaign, Cloverdale found it would be facing another struggling program in the form of Riverton Park on the road to open sectional. Heading in the final week of the regular season, both teams are in search of their first win of the season.
The Clovers and Panthers shared one common opponent this season -- Turkey Run. On Sept. 8, Cloverdale fell to the Warriors 25-6. Two weeks later, Turkey Run beat Riverton Parke by the tune of 38-0.
The Tiger Cubs are sporting an undefeated season, the first since the 1995 season and will hook up with West Vigo (5-3) to open their tournament run on the road.
In 2012, the teams shared two common opponents -- Edgewood and Owen Valley and faced each other on Aug. 24.
In their initial meeting, Greencastle blasted the Vikings 44-0. Against Edgewood, Greencastle defeated the Mustangs 21-0, while the Vikings won 26-8.
Greencastle closes its regular season against Owen Valley, a team West Vigo faced on Sept. 28 and lost to 41-20.
North Putnam (2-6)
After experiencing years of gridiron success, North Putnam finds itself searching for its winning form after dropping four straight games. The Cougars will face former conference foe Speedway (6-2) on the road to open sectional play.
Both teams faced Monrovia and Cascade this season.
Against Monrovia, the Sparkplugs came away with a 28-6 victory, while North Putnam struggled with turnovers in their match-up with the Bulldogs and fell 42-20.
The squads both earned wins over Cascade on the season, with North Putnam winning 27-14 back on Aug. 31 and Speedway defeating the Cadets 62-6 on Sept. 22.
South Putnam (6-2)
Defending Class 2A sectional champs South Putnam will be the only county team to host a sectional opener. The Eagles will welcome Indianapolis Broad Ripple (5-3).
It will be unknown territory for the Eagles, as the two teams share no common opponents. Broad Ripple's losses have come to defending state champs Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit and Indian Creek.
If the Eagles win their final game of the regular season against Cascade, they will enter the tournament sporting a 7-2 record, the same as last year when they marched on to a sectional championship.
Sectional play begins Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.