For the final time this regular season, BCHS football is once again victorious, this time winning 45-7 against the visiting Bloomington High School South Panthers on senior night.
Following a 36-6 road victory against Terre Haute North last week, the Trojans returned home and continued their winning ways, extending their win streak to five games and finishing the regular season with an 8-1 record. During the 2019 regular season, the Trojans were undefeated at home and won their second consecutive Circle City Conference championship.
While no points were scored early in the first quarter, the Trojan offense started to pick up steam as the quarter progressed. With 3:17 left in the first quarter, senior quarterback Kyle Cheek found his favorite target once again as he threw to senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski for a 29 yard touchdown, putting BCHS up 7-0. The defense also stepped up big in the first. A Trojan interception on the ensuing Panther possession gave them the ball on the Panther 23 yard line, setting up senior running back Daylen Taylor for a 2-yard touchdown run a few plays later. Despite no points being scored until late in the quarter, the Trojan offense still gained a massive 154 yards of offense in the first quarter alone, giving BCHS a 14-0 lead after a quarter of play.
In the second quarter, it was the defense who took the spotlight. The defense held BHSS scoreless again, and made a few big plays, including an interception returned for a touchdown by senior defensive back Patrick Mastrian. The pick six was the only scoring that quarter, and the Trojans held a 21-0 halftime lead.
After a senior night ceremony at half time, the action picked up quickly. A few minutes into the second half, the Trojans had the ball on the Bloomington South five yard line, and after a play, a Panther went after a Trojan and the referee who tried to intervene. The player was ejected and an unsportsmanlike penalty was issued, placing the ball on the 1-yard line. On the next play, senior Wyatt Schrader, typically a linebacker, ran the ball in for a touchdown, making it 28-0 with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter. Less than a minute later, South took a drive down the field and capped it off with a 22-yard rushing touchdown by Maveric Thiery for their first and only points of the night, which made the score 28-7 with 7:51 left in the period. Two minutes after that, the Trojans answered back with a long rushing touchdown of their own as Taylor escaped tackles en route to a 39 yard touchdown to put Chatard up 35-7. The Trojans scored their final points of the night in the final moments of the third quarter when senior running back Derion Gilbert scored from one yard out to put the Trojans ahead for good at 45-7.
The fourth quarter was mostly uneventful. The Trojans put in backups at most positions, the running clock was instituted due to the larger margin on the scoreboard, and neither team could gain any momentum or score any points in the final period. The game ended in a 45-7 victory for BCHS, and players celebrated on the field with their classmates who attended.
With the regular season over, the road to Lucas Oil Stadium starts now. Next week in the first round of sectional competition, the Trojans will travel for a rematch with the Brebeuf Braves. BCHS defeated Brebeuf 49-14 at home in the opening game of the season. The Trojans are playing their first season in Sectional 28, which is seen by many as one of the toughest sectionals in the state. Of the top 10 teams in the Class 3A AP rankings, four are in Sectional 28(#1 BCHS, #2 West Lafayette, #6 Brebeuf, #10 Guerin Catholic). Gilbert said, “We’re gonna have to bring it every game. Brebeuf has gotten a lot better since we played them, but we have, too. I think our team is something special.”
Tonight also marked the final regular season home game for the class of 2020. Gilbert said, “The emotions started to hit me at halftime, since I was starting to realize that it’s almost over.”
Senior center Alex Geise added, “I think we can have a few more games on this field if we do our job in the playoffs.”