No. 2 Carmel (9-1) at No. 10 Lawrence Central (9-1)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Carmel — The Lawrence Central defense has no choice but to load up against Carmel RB Jalen Duncan, but that should leave opportunities for Greyhounds' QB Brandon Denning. The senior has had a good season under center, proving to be a big-play threat as a passer and runner.
Lawrence Central — Much like the last few years, the Lawrence Central offense is built around a dual-threat quarterback. Senior Dre Townsend has thrown for 1,781 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and he can also hurt the defense with his scrambling ability.
Each team that makes it to the sectional finals can legitimately call itself a state championship contender. If Lawrence Central pulls the upset, no one will want to play them.
Lawrence Central has played great football this season, coming into this contest riding an eight-game winning streak. But Carmel just has too many athletes, and sooner or later they'll wear down the defense and start hitting big plays.
CARMEL 42, LAWRENCE CENTRAL 21
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