BCHS football defeats Guerin for second consecutive conference championship


P. Felts

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Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

BCHS football could not be stopped against Guerin Catholic, winning the game 35-7 en route to a second consecutive Circle City Conference championship.

Guerin came into the game with a 4-1 record, following a 21-7 road victory over 6A Columbus North. The Golden Eagles’ one previous loss came on the road in week 4 when they lost to Brebeuf Jesuit 20-15, a team BCHS defeated opening week 49-14. BCHS also entered the match 4-1 following last week’s victory over Southport. 

Offensively and defensively, the game was dominated by the Trojans all night long. The scoring started off on the first BCHS possession of the game when senior quarterback Kyle Cheek hit senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski for a 6 yard touchdown early in the first quarter, and the 7-0 score stuck for the rest of the quarter.

The second quarter was a big one for senior running back Daylen Taylor, who scored two touchdowns during the period. The first touchdown came early in the quarter from 3 yards out, set up by a Wyatt Schrader fumble recovery. His next score came on a 62 yard jet sweep late in the quarter, one of the team’s longest runs of the season. At the half, the Trojans led 21-0.

The Trojans kept their foot on the gas coming out of halftime. After receiving the opening kickoff to start the half, they scored a touchdown on their first possession when Cheek threw to Sowinski for a 36 yard touchdown. The second touchdown of the night for both of them made the score 28-0 early in the third quarter. 

What may have been the most impressive play of the night came later in the third quarter. With 17 seconds left in the quarter, senior running back Derion Gilbert took a handoff to the house for a 28 yard touchdown, breaking four tackles on his way to the end zone. Gilbert said he “really hopes to earn play of the week, an award the IndyStar offers to its readers to vote for a top play after each Friday night. The touchdown made the score 35-0 heading into the fourth quarter and was the final points of the night for BCHS. 

The fourth quarter was relatively uneventful. Guerin scored their first points of the game on a short touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, and the final score remained at 35-7 in favor of Chatard.

The defense stepped up against Guerin, allowing under 10 points for a second consecutive week. Senior defensive back Patrick Mastrian said, “We played as a team and everyone did their job. If one man didn’t do their job, it might have been different, but we all did and that’s a great sign.”

The offensive line played a major role in getting the victory as well. Senior offensive tackle Joseph Solomon credits their communication in their success. He said, “We worked together really well and were a cohesive unit today, and that definitely helps when going against a good team like Guerin.” 

Senior center Alex Geise liked the team’s physicality, as he said, “We did all the fundamentals tonight and played smash mouth football. That’s what Chatard football is all about.”

Next week, the Trojans host an out- of -state opponent in the Normal West Wildcats out of Normal, Illinois, a city of about 50,000 in between Springfield and Chicago. The Wildcats have a 3-1 record on the season and play Peoria this morning. On the importance of the Guerin victory moving into the game against Normal West, Geise added that “it gives us a lot of confidence going up against a team we don’t really know much about right now.”