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The biggest rivalry in the state

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Varsity football players raise their helmets in celebration with the student section cheering behind them after a historic win against Cathedral on Sept 7. BCHS fans cheered in the stands with the students. Photo by Mary Borchers

Varsity football players raise their helmets in celebration with the student section cheering behind them after a historic win against Cathedral on Sept 7. BCHS fans cheered in the stands with the students. Photo by Mary Borchers

Varsity football players raise their helmets in celebration with the student section cheering behind them after a historic win against Cathedral on Sept 7. BCHS fans cheered in the stands with the students. Photo by Mary Borchers

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Six years. That is how long it has been since the BCHS varsity football team has defeated the Cathedral Irish. On the night of Sept. 7, the curse was broken and the Trojans defeated Cathedral 17-14.

The history of the BCHS versus Cathedral rivalry has been one for the ages. In Indiana, everyone knows how high competition is between these two schools. Being two of the northside Catholic high schools, it is no surprise the Irish and the Trojans have always competed at such a high level of competition between them.

Anyone attending BCHS can tell you “Cathedral Week” is one of the most exciting weeks for any sports team. Many fall Trojan teams took on Cathedral this week — with the exception of girls soccer, who will not meet the Lady Irish until the City Tournament and cross country whose meet was cancelled due to weather. The week ended with Friday night’s highly anticipated football game.

BCHS has historically been the underdogs in these rivalry games. BCHS is a smaller school, with over 400 fewer students than Cathedral. However, the heart of the Trojan football team was not to be denied Friday night. With 10 more rostered players on the Trojan’s varsity team, clearly the Trojans stepped up to the challenge.

Sophomore Zach Fillenwarth, #90, high-fives his teammates on the rainy turf at Arsenal Tech High School during the Sept. 7 Cathedral versus BCHS football game. Fillenwarth is a linebacker for the Trojans. Photo by Janie Gleaves

Junior Andrew Sowinski was a big part of the football team’s win, being one of the team’s top receivers. He said, “It means a lot to me to beat Cathedral because my brother never got to experience this and to finally get a win after (the past) six years is the best win I’ve ever had.”

Everyone in the student section had similar opinions about the win. Junior Edreece Redmond said, “The TroZone was really exciting and the most hype we’ve been all season. The rain made it a lot more fun, too.”

Even the freshman felt the competitive spirit of “Cathedral Week” for the first time as students. “It feels good to see the whole school come together each week to cheer on the Trojans,” said freshman Peyton Bean. “Beating Cathedral is about as good as it gets.”

No matter the sport, the BCHS and Cathedral rivalry will be one that remains for years to come. Whether you are rooting for the Trojans or for the Irish, no one can deny the competitive atmosphere and spirit both teams bring. Anytime BCHS takes on the “school on the hill,” fans, coaches and athletes can expect exciting game.

Under the Friday night lights, the BCHS student section raises their fists, signaling the third down. The theme was USA, and students painted their faces and dressed in shades of red, white and blue. Photo by Mary Borchers