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The Indiana high school football regular season comes to a close this week with all three Whitley County teams in contention for a conference title.
Sunday, those same squads had their paths drawn for the postseason that will follow Oct. 22.
Across five class divisions over 300 teams were placed into brackets that begin with three weeks of sectional play.
Among those teams were Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko.
More than 40 years have passed since Columbia City has seen a start like it has this season. At 7-1, the Eagles are hoping that will not only turn into a Northeast Hoosier Conference championship but a deep postseason run.
A favorable sectional draw could help Columbia City get off to a fast start in the first round of the class 4A sectional. The Eagles drew winless fellow conference team DeKalb (0-8) in week one of the postseason.
The Eagles will play the Barons for a second time this season. Columbia City traveled to DeKalb in week five of the regular season winning 28-3.
Other notable match-ups in the sectional 11 draw included: Angola (7-1) at Wawasee (5-3); Northridge (2-6) at FW Bishop Dwenger (7-0). East Noble drew a first round bye and will await the winner of Northridge/Dwenger.
For class 2A Whitko (7-1), the postseason starts on the road with a trip to 5-3 Bremen.
The Wildcats have clinched at worst a share of the Three Rivers Conference title. The first conference championship since 2002 has Whitko off to its best start in nearly 20 years.
Other sectional 26 match-ups: Woodlan (1-7) at Fairfield (6-2); Central Noble (2-6) at Garrett (3-5); Prairie Heights (1-7) at Eastside (3-5).
Days after suffering their first loss of the season, the Churubusco Eagles (7-1) had their class A sectional mapped out with a first round home game against Adams Central (6-2).
’Busco is looking for its first sectional title since 2007 when it made a semistate appearance.
Sectional 35 also features three other match-ups: Southern Wells (7-1) at Southwood (1-7); Fremont (0-8) at Northfield (4-4); South Adams (3-5) at North Miami (6-2).