Trojans advance to sectional finals with win over North Montgomery

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Trojans advance to sectional finals with win over North Montgomery

Second half action between the Trojans and Chargers.

Second half action between the Trojans and Chargers.

M. Borchers

Second half action between the Trojans and Chargers.

M. Borchers

M. Borchers

Second half action between the Trojans and Chargers.

P. Felts, Sports Editor

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Bishop Chatard football keeps rolling on its playoff route, this time eliminating the North Montgomery Chargers in the process. The Trojans defeated the Chargers 49-12 in the second round of the 3A Sectional 28 playoffs. For North Montgomery, the loss ends their season at 6-5, following a blowout victory last week against rival Crawfordsville, 49-12. The win put the Trojans at 10-1 and clinched a spot in the sectional finals in their first season in Sectional 28. 

For the first time this season, frigid temperatures were in play. At kickoff, the temperature was 41 degrees and dropped down to 36 by the time the game ended, and it felt even colder due to wind and darkness. Senior lineman Andrew Squier called it the coldest it’s been all season.

While it may have been cold, the Trojans were red hot on the field.

Although the Trojans put up big numbers on offense, the real stars of the show were on the other side of the ball. The Trojans held the Chargers to just 12 points all night on two touchdowns. Both Charger touchdowns came in the closing minutes of each half, one in the first and one in the second. NMHS was stuffed by the Trojan defensive line on two point conversion attempts after both scores. The defense set up the offense by quickly forcing the Chargers into fourth down situations and turnovers all night long, including a second quarter interception returned 41 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive back Patrick Mastrian.

When the defense provided the opportunities, the offense delivered. As per usual this season, the team was propelled by big performances through the air from senior quarterback Kyle Cheek and senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski, as well as a huge effort on the ground from senior running back Daylen Taylor, who ran for three touchdowns. In the first half, the team scored 42 points, 35 of which came from the offense. After halftime, scoring slowed with the running clock in effect and mostly backup players on the field, as the Trojans put up seven points, all in the fourth quarter. 

With the victory, the Trojans continue their quest to Lucas Oil Stadium to bring a 14th state championship to BCHS. With sectional semifinals out of the way, the team moves on to the sectional finals. 

Next week, the Trojans will play at home with a sectional championship on the line against the Red Devils of West Lafayette High School. The 9-2 Red Devils, led by junior linebacker and four star recruit Yanni Karlaftis, have been near the top of the class 3A rankings alongside the Trojans all season. In their second round matchup, West Lafayette defeated Guerin Catholic in a nail biting 34-31 road win. 

The Trojans beat Guerin 35-7 in September to win the 2019 Circle City Conference championship. The Red Devils’ losses this season came in the first week of the season against rival 6A school Lafayette Jeff in a 74-66 shootout and in the final week of the regular season to 2A Lewis Cass 49-42.

West Lafayette has never beaten Chatard in school history. The last time the two schools met was in the 2015 3A state championship game, which Chatard won to claim their state record 13th football state championship. Junior defender Kyle Haslett said, “It’s gonna be a lot of hard conditioning this week. They run up tempo and we have to be prepared to keep up with them.”