IHSAA Playoffs & Other Indiana High School Football Postseason Battles
Beginning in 1973, the Indiana High School Athletic Association instituted a playoff to determine a state champion in three classes based on enrollment. A fourth class was added in 1983, another in 1985, and a sixth in 2013.
In addition to the playoffs, there have been other postseason and conference championships games throughout the history of Indiana high school football. You can find those below.
OTHER POSTSEASON GAMES
Depression Era Benefit Games
Eight-man Football National Championship Game
Mythical Midwest Negro Prep School Championship Game
Mythical National Championship Games
Northern Indiana Playoff
Mythical State Championship Games
DEPRESSION BENEFIT GAMES
During the Depression, several games were played to help raise money for the needy. The highlight came
in 1931, when the four Evansville schools played a championship and third place game at Reitz Bowl.
- Nov. 27, 1930: Indianapolis Cathedral 13, Indianapolis Shortridge 6
- Nov. 28, 1930: Evansville Memorial 20, Evansville Central 13
- Dec. 5, 1931: Evansville Memorial 9, Evansville Central 6 (for
Third Place of Evansville)
- Dec. 5, 1931: Evansville Bosse 13, Evansville Reitz 0 (for City
Championsip of Evansville)
EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
In 1959, there were only two known eight-man football conferences in the United States. One was the
Southwestern Indiana's own Pocket Athletic Conference and the other was the Bluegrass Conference of
Kentucky. The Evansville Courier helped to match up the unbeaten champions of each league, and on Oct.
24, one thousand fans saw the first and only Eight-man Football National Championship Game at Rockport
- Oct. 24, 1959: Rockport 58, Perryville (Ky.) 6
MYTHICAL MIDWEST NEGRO PREP SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Santa Pal Charity Game, played on Nov. 21, 1935 at Bosse Field, paired two of the strongest teams
in the Midwest and was dubbed as the Mythical Midwest Negro Prep School Championship.
- Nov. 21, 1935: Chicago Wendell Phillips (Ill.) 18, Evansville Lincoln 0
MYTHICAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
After both teams were snubbed for a high school bowl game on Christmas in Florida, the two teams
played each other on Dec. 11 at Bosse Field in front of 7,000 fans in what was billed as the Mythical
- Dec. 11, 1937: Evansville Memorial 21, McKeesport (Penn.) 0