BCHS football wins homecoming game over Southport


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Senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski (22) and teammates celebrate a touchdown catch.

P. Felts

Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

While BCHS celebrated homecoming week with “Destination Homecoming,” the only trip the football team took this week was one to victory. The Trojans defeated the visiting Southport Cardinals in 2019 homecoming game, 35-9.

Southport, a class 6A school, came into the game with an undefeated 4-0 record, and left with their first loss of the season. The Trojans bounced back the week following a loss to rival Cathedral, improving their record to 4-1 on the year. Last season, BCHS beat Southport on the road, 45-26.

The Trojans came out of the gates strong with two quick first quarter touchdowns, one by senior running back Derion Gilbert and the other a pass from senior quarterback Kyle Cheek to junior tight end Logan O’Brien. The Trojans scored once more before halftime on a pass to senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski, making the score 21-0.

Coming out of the half, it was a similar story. Six minutes into the third quarter, Cheek hit Sowinski in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown catch over his back shoulder. The touchdown and extra point made the score 28-0.

A few minutes later, Southport gained their first momentum of the game. A forced safety and touchdown pass on consecutive third quarter drives gave the Cardinals their first points of the night, and made the score 28-9. 

BCHS scored one more time on a Sowinski catch from Cheek, their third and fourth touchdowns of the night respectively. The contest remained at 35-9 for the Trojans until the final whistle.

Defense was the key to success for the Trojans against the Cardinals. BCHS held Southport to just 9 points and 29 rushing yards. While senior running back Derion Gilbert was proud of his team’s offensive effort in spite of “a few bumps,” he credits the defense for helping get the win. He said, “They always play a good game, they’re never out of it. It’s huge to give up only 9 points to an undefeated 6A school. Our team is no joke.”

Despite the big win, the team still sees room for improvement. Junior defensive back Kyle Haslett said, “We had a really good first half, but we came out a little slower in the second half again. We weren’t too happy about that.” 

Senior running back Daylen Taylor said, “It’s always nice to win, but we still [have to] get better. There’s a lot of penalties to fix.” BCHS was called for 9 penalties for 81 yards on the night, compared to just 1 penalty for 5 yards for Southport. Haslett added on the penalty issue, explaining the need for the team to play “mistake free football.”

Next week, the Trojans will head north to Noblesville to take on Circle City Conference foe Guerin Catholic. A victory over the Golden Eagles would give BCHS football their second consecutive conference championship. The Trojans clinched last season’s conference title following a 21-13 home victory over Guerin. Senior center Alex Geise highlighted the importance on next week’s game, as he said, “This is going to be a big week for us. We gotta keep playing our game and good things will happen. One win and we win the conference.”