The Class 6A sectional football landscape could be changing in Hamilton County in 2015.

One of the four schools from Sectional 4 likely will be moving north - either to the Region in Northwest Indiana or to Fort Wayne.

Will it be two-time defending sectional champion Carmel, the state runner-up the past two seasons?

Will it be Noblesville, which has not had a winning season since 2001?

Will it be former sectional champions Fishers or Hamilton Southeastern?

There's nothing official at this time. The IHSAA realignment committee will meet this spring to make that determination.

Class 6A had 32 teams - four each in eight sectionals last year - while Class 5A had 34 teams, with two byes. Cathedral, which moves up to 6A this year, was in a five-team sectional with Anderson, Decatur Central, Richmond and Zionsville a year ago.

One thing appears to be a certainty: Class 6A will again have 32 teams, and the Sectional 4 champion will go north, starting with the regional.

Here's where it really gets interesting:

Based on the September (2014) numbers, LaPorte was number 32 based on enrollment. Lafayette Jeff was below the Slicers in enrollment. The Bronchos were in the Crown Point Sectional this past season.

They will use December number count, which has yet to be released.

With Cathedral moving up due to the Tournament Success Factor for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, it pushes LaPorte down. Adding Cathedral to the south in place of LaPorte leaves the south with 17 schools and the north with 15 teams.

One school from the South would have to bump up.

Based on past history, North Central and Pike, for example, have moved north in other sports. North Central is currently paired with the Hamilton County schools in other sports, too. They include the boys' and girls' sectionals, as most folks know.

If North Central moves up, then it would appear that one of the schools in the Hamilton County Sectional would have to move to either the Region or to Fort Wayne.

You have to think it would be Carmel or Noblesville, since they most likely won't split City of Fishers schools Hamilton SE and Fishers HS.

Sending Noblesville North, likely to the Fort Wayne Carroll Sectional, would seem to make the most sense.

I hate to say this ... but it might be the Millers' best chance of winning a sectional anytime soon.

I mean, Noblesville last won a sectional in 2000. It also won a regional that same year.

It's pretty much been an uphill climb for the program ever since.

After a long struggle, the Millers were 5-5 in each of their past two seasons.

With a veteran team, Noblesville did give Carmel a tough game in the 2014 sectional opener before succumbing 28-6 in the second half at Hare Chevrolet Field.

Also, the Millers were competitive in losing to Fishers (16-13) and HSE (17-6) during the '14 regular season.

They return a strong class of freshmen and sophomores from this past season, so they could be on their way to much better fortune ... one would like to think and hope.

Coach Lance Scheib's Miller Men have been much more competitive the past two seasons, but ...

Physically, the Millers simply haven't matched up very well in most of those encounters with the Royals and Tigers.

Since 2000, the Noblesville program has been successful against HSE on only two occasions, but the Millers have dropped nine straight to the Royals since 2005. The Millers are 3-6 against the Tigers. Two of those wins came in Fishers' first two seasons of high school football.

Carmel is 15-3 against Noblesville since 1994. The Greyhounds have won 10 straight, with the Millers beating the 'Hounds in the 2000 sectional.

In my opinion, I would think that Noblesville might find some new sectional scenery to be refreshing.

So what will transpire when the realignment committee meets?

I'm guessing a lot of folks in Hamilton County will be holding their breath.



Mark Morrow, an award-winning sportswriter, and author, is in his 52nd year as a member of the Indiana media. You can follow Morrow on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mark@thetimes24-7.com