BCHS defeats Concordia for regional title

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Charley Szydlyk

Grant Millman, Sports Editor

The Bishop Chatard Trojans are once again regional champions, defeating the Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran Cadets 28-18 in front of a sold out crowd. Coming off a dominant sectional game vs. Brebeuf, the Trojans were able to continue their hot streak against the Cadets. This regional championship is the third straight for BCHS, proving once again that Chatard is capable of making it far in the tournament.

For the Trojans, they found success vs Concordia in the run game. Thus far this season, Chatard has been successful running the football. After losing senior running back Nate Cmehil to injury in the third game of the season, junior Tommy Hannon has filled in well, with senior Matthew Coons also providing a boost in the Chatard backfield. This remained the case vs. Concordia, as Hannon led the way with 119 rush yards and Coons adding 60 yards of his own. “There’s always ups and downs in the game,” said senior defensive back Matthew Semler. “We started off well and played together as a team, but we can always be better.” 

Senior receiver Thomas Coleman opened up the scoring with a 17 yard touchdown reception on the opening drive. Following a Cadet field goal, Tommy Hannon scored the first of his two touchdowns, a 17 yard run. A Concordia touchdown was the last score of the first half, and Coons began the scoring in the second half with a 9 yard run into the endzone. Concordia scored a touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion to give them hope late in the game, but an interception by Semler and a Cadet turnover on downs led to Hannon’s second touchdown of the day, sealing the deal for the Bishop Chatard Trojans.

Bishop Chatard advances to semi-state vs. Mishawaka Marian with a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium for the state championship on the line. This semi-state matchup is a repeat from last year, when Chatard traveled to Mishawaka and defeated the Knights 45-0. An all around dominant performance by the Trojans a season ago, in which the team racked up 500 total yards, Bishop Chatard looks to mirror that game’s outcome this year. “We prepare every week to be better than the opposing team,” explains Semler. “They want revenge from last year and there is always extra motivation to be able to play for a state championship.”

Chatard will once again make the trip to Mishawaka to take on the Knights on their home field. Mishawaka Marian is undefeated on the season, and looks to continue this streak vs. the Trojans in what will be a competitive and exciting semi-state game between two 3A powerhouse schools looking for the opportunity to compete at Lucas Oil Stadium.