Trojans advance to second straight state championship

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Ava Armstrong

Grant Millman, Sports Editor

The Bishop Chatard Trojans advanced to the 3A Football State Championship with a 18-13 win over Mishawaka Marian. Following last year’s state title, BCHS has earned the opportunity to play for another title in back-to-back years. “It’s truly a blessing,” said senior linebacker Kyle Haslett. “We’ve contributed so much hard work and it’s paid off so far.”

The Class 3A #1 Trojans were able to get past the #2 Knights, their toughest opponent thus far in the tournament. While the Knights are known for their high scoring and dominant offense, the BCHS defensive unit was able to keep them contained. “It’s all about running and hitting,” said Haslett. “They have fast players, but we have some great speed as well.”

Although BCHS is usually led by the dangerous running back duo of Tommy Hannon and Matthew Coons, it was the junior quarterback Carter St. John who led the running attack. St. John rushed 18 times for a total of 178 yards. Hannon and Coons also contributed with Hannon going for 94 rush yards and Coons adding 25 of his own. Chatard was dominant in the run game, but they still added some yards through the air as well. St. John passed for 96 yards, with 58 of them going to his favorite target Thomas Coleman. 

Carter St. John began the scoring with a 71 yard quarterback keeper early in the first quarter. St. John scored once more on the ground with a five yard touchdown in the second quarter. Following a Mishawaka touchdown, Tommy Hannon powered his way in for a three yard score in the fourth quarter. Later in the fourth, Mishawaka Marian senior quarterback Maddix Bogunia-Bright ran in for a five yard touchdown to make it a five point game. With just over two minutes to play, Mishawaka Marian took over inside Chatard territory looking to win the game. The Knights comeback was spoiled by Chatard senior defensive back Matthew Semler, who intercepted Bogunia-Bright to send the Trojans to the state finals.

The Trojans will go back to Lucas Oil Stadium for the second straight year looking to win back-to-back state championships. They will take on the Danville Warriors in this highly anticipated championship game. The Warriors’ undefeated season is on the line when they take on the Trojans to see who will be crowned the 3A State Champion. The last time these two teams faced each other was in the 2017 regional championship game, with Danville defeating Bishop Chatard 38-7. “They are a good all around team,” explains Haslett. “Our coaches will put together a great game plan and we will continue to practice hard and get better.”

The state championship will take place on November 28 at 3:00 at the home of the Indianapolis Colts in downtown Indianapolis. Stay tuned for more information regarding ticket availability. For those unable to attend, all six IHSAA Championship games will air live on Fox Sports Indiana as well as streaming on IHSAAtv.org, so be sure to tune in and cheer on the Trojans in their quest for a 15th state title.