Trojan football wins big against Normal West


P. Felts

Trojan players stretch before starting the second half.

Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

BCHS football continued its winning ways in a huge 56-8 victory over the Normal West Wildcats.

The Trojans followed up last week’s conference championship win over Guerin Catholic with another win, improving their 2019 record to 6-1. The Wildcats made the trip from Normal, Illinois to Indianapolis this week after defeating Peoria High School 66-36 last Saturday. Normal West fell to 4-2 on the season after the loss.

The game was dominated by BCHS from start to finish. About midway through the first quarter, the Trojans took a 7-0 lead thanks to a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle Cheek to senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski, a common occurrence throughout the night. The next points came near the end of the quarter when senior running back Daylen Taylor scored from 7 yards out to put the Trojans up 14-0. On the ensuing Wildcat possession, Normal West quarterback Carson Comp’s pass was intercepted by BCHS senior defensive back Patrick Mastrian and returned for a touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. BCHS lead 21-0 after the first.

It was more of the same in the second quarter. Cheek hit Sowinski for a touchdown, making it 28-0. On the next Normal West possession, the Wildcats got their first and only points of the night on a 13 yard touchdown pass and a trick play on a two point conversion, making the score 28-8. Things got back on track quickly for the Trojans, as Cheek connected with Sowinski for two more touchdowns of 27 and 75 yards before the end of the quarter. At the half, the Trojans led the Wildcats 42-8.

BCHS got off to a fast start in the third quarter. Just 47 seconds into the second half, Taylor took a handoff 42 yards down the field for a Trojan touchdown, expanding the lead to 49-8. Neither team scored for the rest of the quarter, and the score remained 49-8.

In the fourth quarter, the BCHS lead held solid. Some of the starters, including Sowinski and Cheek, were taken out of the game due to the large margin on the scoreboard, and backups got to play significant time. Near the end of the game, junior defensive back Zach Fillenwarth intercepted his first pass of the season and returned it 70 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, which made the score 56-8 at the end of the game. 

Despite the lopsided score, the win was not as easy as it looked for the Trojans. On playing against an out of state opponent, senior defensive back Thomas Joven said, “We weren’t too sure what their team was going to look like, but it ended up playing out pretty well for us.”

A big part of the win was thanks to a record breaking performance by senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski. Sowinski caught seven passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns. His four touchdown catches set the school record for most in a single game, and he also broke both the career (27) and single season (16) receiving touchdown records in the second quarter after his fourth touchdown of the night. He broke the record for receiving yards last season. Sowinski said, “Kyle [Cheek] just gets me the ball and helps me make plays. Glad I could help the team win.”

Next week, the Trojans head west to Terre Haute to take on the Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots. North Vigo is 2-5 on the season and lost a road game 40-14 this week against Southport, a team that BCHS defeated 35-9 two weeks ago.