Bishop Chatard wins 15th state championship

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Troy Cockrum

Grant Millman, Sports Editor

For the second time in as many years, BCHS has won the IHSAA 3A State Football Championship. The 42-14 win over the Danville Warriors captures the 15th state title for the Trojans.

Unknowing of how the season would play out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Chatard’s season comes to a close as they successfully defend their state title from last year. With the exception of a cancellation vs. Bloomington South, the Trojan football season was not significantly impacted by the coronavirus.

The Trojans entered the state championship game with a 12-1 record, their only loss coming at the hands of rival Cathedral, the 2020 5A state champions. For Danville, they were undefeated heading into their clash with Chatard. They had won 12 games in a row, including a victory over 2A state champion Western Boone.

In a year unlike any other, Bishop Chatard comes away as champions. For the majority of the team, this is their second state championship. “It’s a super special feeling to know that all the hard work we put in has paid off,” said senior linebacker Joe Calvert.

Chatard was led by junior running back Tommy Hannon, who rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to running the ball, Hannon displayed his kicking skills for the Trojans, going 6-6 on extra points. Also productive was junior quarterback Carter St. John, who threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns. St. John found his favorite target Thomas Coleman seven times for 88 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to throwing a touchdown to Noah Carter late in the third quarter.

Only giving up two touchdowns throughout the game, the Bishop Chatard defense was a stellar supporting cast to the powerful offense. Senior linebacker Zach Fillenwarth and junior linebacker Tanner Quackenbush led the Trojans with six tackles each. Joe Calvert added five tackles of his own, and Jack Annee and Matthew Coons each tallied four. Brady Kinnett had two pass breakups, one of which led to the game’s only interception by Matthew Coons.

This state title for Bishop Chatard extends the state record for a second straight year. Because of this title, every student at Bishop Chatard High School since 1998 has seen their school win at least one football state title.

After losing many key players from last year’s championship team, the new look Trojans had to step up into leadership roles to fill in for the graduating seniors a season ago. “I loved being in a leadership role this year and it was really fun leading my brothers to state,” said Calvert, a leading tackler from last season who stepped up as a captain this year.

As for next season, Bishop Chatard will look to win a third straight state title, however they will face stiffer competition when they make the move up to 4A as a result of recent success. Although graduating 32 players from the class of 2021, Chatard brings back starting quarterback Carter St. John and starting running back Tommy Hannon, as well as other starters from the junior class such as Jack Annee, Tanner Quackenbush, and Nick Babcock. Calvert believes the team will be just fine next season, claiming that “tradition never graduates.”