Castle football will advance to regionals after taking a sectional championship win over Bloomington North last Friday.

The Knights battled the Cougars on the road on Friday, Nov. 6, in a sectional championship and came out with the win, 35-24. Now, Castle will advance to a regional battle against Jeffersonville.

The Knights started the night quick with sophomore Peyton Guerzini marching into the endzone with a 35 yard touchdown with ten minutes still left in the first quarter and again with a four yard touchdown with six minutes still left in the first quarter to give Castle an early 14-0 lead going into the second quarter.

The Cougars battled back with a touchdown in the second quarter, but the Knights came back with another touchdown of their own with less than a minute left in the first half. Determined to fight back, Bloomington North found their way into field goal territory and sent the ball into the uprights to head to halftime with the score at 21-10.

At the top of the half, it was the Cougar that put up points first marching in a touchdown with six minutes left in the third quarter. Just two minutes passed on the clock and sophomore Cameron Tilly hit senior Gabe VanWormer in the endzone for a 17 yard touchdown to put the Knights ahead, 28-17.

Castle’s defense went to work and held off the Cougars going into the fourth quarter when Tilly found his way into the endzone to stretch the lead for the Knights to 35-17. Bloomington North put in another touchdown with four minutes left on the clock, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap.

In the end, the Knights had the victory and the sectional title with the win, 35-24.

Now, the Knights will battle Jeffersonville at home on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The Red Devils defeated New Albany in the sectional final, 35-25, after sectional semifinal opponent Bedford North Lawrence was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to COVID-19 cases.

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