Trojans capture 4th straight sectional; Move onto regionals

Grant Millman, Sports Editor

The BCHS football team defeated the Brebeuf Braves 35-3 to capture their fourth straight sectional title. Chatard’s 3A Sectional 28 title proves to be a step in the right direction towards repeating last year’s state championship. BCHS was led by Matthew Coons and Logan O’Brien who each had 2 touchdowns. Tommy Hannon also found the end zone for the Trojans with a rushing TD in the first quarter.

After defeating the Braves 27-14 in the season opener, BCHS felt confident in this sectional title matchup. “We kept our intensity throughout the game, never letting up,” said senior linebacker Zach Fillenwarth, a key contributor to the Trojan defense. 

BCHS entered this sectional title game with a record of 9-1. Unsure of how the season would play out due to the pandemic, the football team was able to compete in all of their contests, with the exception of Bloomington South, which was canceled due to COVID. The lone loss for the Trojans came on September 11 vs. 5A #1 Cathedral, who are ranked in the top 30 in the country.

To get to this point, the Trojans defeated Hamilton Heights in the opening round and Guerin Catholic in the sectional semifinals. For the Braves, they took down North Montgomery first, then defeated Yorktown to set up a Circle City Conference matchup against BCHS for the sectional title.

The Trojans will compete for a regional championship on November 13 and will face Fort Wayne Concordia, with the winner advancing to semi-state. Concordia, who has yet to give up a point en route to the regional championship, looks to use their momentum as an advantage against the reigning 3A champions. “Every week from here on out is one step closer to where we want to be,” said Fillenwarth, “There is always an opportunity to get better, and we need to use that opportunity to improve.”

BCHS looks forward to hosting the Cadets for a competitive regional title game. Concordia hopes for a different result this year and to forget last year’s regional championship game, when they were defeated by the Trojans 56-28. The game will be live-streamed on the Bishop Chatard High School Facebook page for those unable to attend.