BCHS Football advances in sectionals with win over Brebeuf

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P. Felts

Senior running back Daylen Taylor (left) celebrates in the end zone with teammates.

Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

History repeated itself Friday night as the BCHS football team defeated the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves for the second time this season, 49-7, in the first round of the sectional playoffs. 

The game was the first playoff game of the season, and the Trojans improved their overall season record to 9-1, while the Braves’ season ends with the team finishing 7-3, with losses to Chatard twice and Cathedral once. Chatard’s week one win and Friday’s win were both by scoring 49 points, although the Trojans gave up 14 in the first meeting. The playoff victory was the ninth consecutive for the Trojans against the Braves. Brebeuf’s only victory over the Trojans came in 2013. 

While the game ended in a lopsided Trojan victory, the first quarter tells a different story. The quarter was mostly competitive, with the defenses going back and forth making big stops on each team’s opening possession. On the second Trojan drive, senior quarterback Kyle Cheek threw to his favorite target, senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski, for a 9-yard touchdown. The Trojans lead 7-0 with 4:42 left in the first quarter. The score held for the rest of the period thanks to stout defense from both sides.

The Trojans broke the game wide open starting in the second quarter. Just over a minute into the quarter, senior running back Daylen Taylor rammed several Brave defenders en route to an impressive 15-yard score, extending the lead to 14-0. A few minutes later, Sowinski caught another touchdown, his 19th of the season, and made it a 21-0 game. On the next Brebeuf drive, senior linebacker Wyatt Schrader intercepted a pass to set the Trojans up for a scoring opportunity before the half. The Trojans took advantage, as Cheek threw his third touchdown of the night, this time to senior wide receiver Sam Richey, the first touchdown catch of his high school football career. The Trojans rode into halftime on a comfortable 28-0 lead.

Brebeuf caught some offensive momentum for the first time early in the second half. The Braves had trouble running the ball all night, but found occasional success in the passing game, the biggest of which came on their first possession of the third quarter, when senior wide receiver Caleb Ellison caught a touchdown for Brebeuf’s first and only points of the night, cutting the BCHS lead to 28-7. 

Almost immediately after, things turned right back into Chatard’s favor. Senior running back and defensive back Thomas Joven returned a kick nearly to the end zone, setting the team up for a potential score. Moments later, Taylor took a short handoff past the goal line for his second touchdown of the night, and extended the lead to 35-7. The teams went back and forth for a few more possessions, until late in the quarter when a Trojan drive was capped off by a short yardage carry from senior running back Derion Gilbert, cushioning the lead at 42-7, a score that held for the rest of the quarter.

By the fourth quarter, the game was well out of hand. Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Taylor got his third touchdown of the night and put the Trojans ahead for good at 49-7. With five minutes left in regulation, a desperation pass to the end zone for the Braves was intercepted by junior safety Matthew Coons, effectively putting the game on ice. By this point, the backups were in for Chatard, and all that was left to do was to run out the clock. The game ended 49-7 in favor of the Trojans, ending the Braves’ season. 

While Brebeuf’s season ended on Friday, the Trojans advances to the second round of sectionals. For the second round, the Trojans will travel northwest to Montgomery County to take on the North Montgomery Chargers. The 6-4 Chargers defeated Crawfordsville 49-12 in their first round matchup.