SHERIDAN - If the Sheridan Blackhawks are going to make a deep postseason run this year, they will go through familiar territory to get there.

The first two weeks of the journey will happen on Blackhawk turf at Bud Wright Stadium. A Sectional 44 championship will likely have to include a trip to Tri-Central, a place where the Blackhawks lost 40-21 a week ago. The No. 6 Trojans are the defending Class A state champions.

"We have to not make mistakes. We are a very undisciplined team, and we've got to be disciplined," Larry "Bud" Wright said. "We have to play error-free football. Last week, we only ran 37 plays and Tri-Central ran 80. They had 35 minutes of possession and we had 12 minutes. That shows that we weren't getting off the field on defense, and that's something you have to do."

A rematch with Tri-Central is a long way away, however. First and foremost on Sheridan's radar is Indianapolis Tindley, their first-round opponent.

"They like to open it up wide for the run and the pass. They use five wide receivers," Wright explained. "They'll run outside sweeps and jet sweeps. They've got a couple of fast backs. The quarterback they had early in the season was a pretty good player. They've had a wide receiver in there at quarterback the last couple weeks, so I don't know if he's hurt or what."

Tindley (4-5) is polar opposite to Sheridan (5-4). What Wright's Blackhawks have in storied postseason history, the Tigers have none. This is just the third year of football at the school, and this will be their second postseason game, ever. The teams have never met.

Wright said that the Blackhawks aren't overlooking the Tigers by any means, and that they are using this week to try and instill some of the discipline that the team needs for a run.

"I've been doing a lot of yelling and screaming out there to get them playing in positions that they need to play in to be successful," he said.

If the Blackhawks do find the magic to make a run and get past Tri-Central, it won't be uncharted territory for their seniors. Austin Hoover has been a four-year starter and muscled the team to semistate his freshman and sophomore years. Senior quarterback Garrett Chesney is a three-year starter and his brother, junior Jacob Chesney, is a two-year starter.

Kent Hollingsworth and Jacob Edison are also three-year starters.

"They have to decide what they are going to do," Wright said. "How do they want to finish their careers?"

Sheridan and Tindley will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will play host to Clinton Central on Oct. 31.

Tri-Central was awarded a 2-0 win over Clinton Prairie for Friday's first round matchup when Clinton Prairie forfeited their season last week following a reported team conflict. Tri-Central will play the winner of Indiana Deaf vs. Indianapolis Shortridge on Oct. 31.