Lafayette Jeff will face No. 10 Merrillville in its first Class 6A state tournament game according to pairings for the 41st annual IHSAA state football tournament drawn Sunday.
The Bronchos will travel to Merrillville, with the winner playing either Crown Point or Lake Central in the Sectional 1 championship.
State tournament play begins Oct. 25.
This is the first season of Class 6A, comprised of schools with the 32 largest enrollments. Lafayette Jeff is the smallest school in 6A.
McCutcheon drew Kokomo for its opening-round game in the new-look Sectional 11, while Harrison opens the state tournament against No. 1 Westfield.
McCutcheon will travel to Kokomo, while Harrison is at home against the Shamrocks. Westfield defeated the Raiders 42-13 to open the season.
Sectional 11 has a bye in the traditional first week of the state tournament.
Class 3A No. 3 West Lafayette drew No. 9 Delta for a first-round game in Sectional 28 play.
If the Red Devils win they will play either Mississinewa or Western in the semifinals. No. 8 Yorktown wound up on the opposite side of the bracket with a first-round matchup against Eastbrook.
In Sectional 26, Twin Lakes drew Culver Academies for its first game in a new sectional grouping. The winner plays Fairfield or Maconaquah.
North Montgomery drew No. 5 Brebeuf for its Sectional 29 opener. The winner takes on West Vigo or Western Boone. On the other side, Crawfordsville opens against Edgewood.
Central Catholic’s Class 2A state tournament experience begins against North Putnam with a first-round Sectional 35 game.
If the No. 2 Knights win, they would face either Cass or Tipton in the semifinals. Central Catholic won four straight Class A state championships before moving up to 2A due to the IHSAA’s tournament success factor.
Also in Sectional 35, Hoosier Conference rivals Delphi and Benton Central drew a first-round pairing. The winner plays either Southmont or Taylor.
No. 6 Rensselaer opens Sectional 33 play against Hammond Noll. The winner plays either North Judson or North Newton — two teams the Bombers defeated by a combined score of 112-27 this season.
No. 2 North Vermillion defeated No. 5 Fountain Central 42-35 last Friday, and those teams ended up on opposite sides of the Sectional 47 bracket.
Covington and Attica play for the right to face the North Vermillion-Rockville winner. Fountain Central opens with Riverton Parke, with the winner taking on either No. 9 North Central (Farmersburg) or Turkey Run.
Carroll and North White play Friday in Monon and will also meet there a week later for a first-round Sectional 42 game.
Also in Sectional 42, Seeger drew a first-round game against perennial power Pioneer. Midwest Conference rivals South Newton and Frontier drew a rematch of their Aug. 31 game, won by the Rebels, 33-31.
Two Clinton County rivals ended up on opposite sides of the Sectional 44 bracket. Clinton Prairie opens against Indiana Deaf, while Clinton Central plays Hoosier Heartland Conference rival Tri-Central.
Frankfort drew Logansport for its Sectional 20 opener. The Berries are coached by former West Central and Twin Lakes coach Brad Urban. The winner plays either No. 3 New Haven or Fort Wayne South in the semifinals.