PREP FOOTBALL: Sectional realignment sends Goshen east for 2019 postseason

BRANDEN BEACHY | THE GOSHEN NEWSThe Goshen RedHawks football team runs on to the field ahead of the sectional championship game against Fort Wayne Snider in this November 4, 2016 file photo. Goshen will be grouped with three other Fort Wayne schools — Northrop, Bishop Dwenger and North Side — in the Class 5A, Sectional 10 playoffs for 2019.

The Goshen RedHawks will be moving east in the IHSAA state football tournament, but only for the 2019 season.

Due to a recent change in the Tournament Success Factor point system, an updated version of the 2019 and 2020 football state tournament assignments in Classes 6A and 5A was approved Friday by the IHSAA Executive Committee.

The modification to the Tournament Success Factor at its April 29 meeting lowered the number of points needed (from 3 points to 2 points) by a school already playing in a higher classification to continue playing in that same class for another two years. Schools that win a regional championship in a single season or a sectional championship in back‐to‐back seasons would remain in that same higher class. The rule previously had required three points (two sectional titles and a regional title) to continue in that class.

With that rule change, both Fort Wayne Snider and Indianapolis Cathedral each accumulated two points over the last two seasons, enough to remain in Class 6A and 5A, respectively. The sectional assignment announcement released on April 29 had Snider in Class 5A, Sectional 11 and Cathedral in Class 4A, Sectional 22, the same day the new tournament success factor rule was changed. Snider has now been assigned to 6A, Sectional 3, while Cathedral will be in 5A, Sectional 13.

Due to those changes, Goshen will be moved to Class 5A, Sectional 11 with Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne North Side and Fort Wayne Northrop for the 2019 season.

The 5A, Sectional 10 event Goshen had been in will now feature Concord, Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Mishawaka and South Bend Adams.

Central and Memorial are consolidating into one school for the 2020 season. The RedHawks will then rejoin the Sectional 10 lineup with Concord, Mishawaka and Adams.

The new Elkhart school will be in the Class 6A, Sectional 2 field with Chesterton, Penn and Portage in 2020.

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