Trojans defeat Concordia, advance to Semi-State

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Trojans defeat Concordia, advance to Semi-State

Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

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BCHS football’s push for a 14th state championship continued with a 56-28 road win over the Concordia Lutheran Cadets in Fort Wayne for the Regional Championship.

The 2019 Regional Championship is the second consecutive for the Trojans, following last year’s win over Tri-West. This was the first for the team after being moved into the north bracket before the 2019 season.

The Trojans have continued to build off of momentum this season, with the win over the Cadets extending their win streak to nine games, and improving their overall season record to 12-1. The lone loss came against 5A rival Cathedral, whose season ended Friday night following a 35-10 Regional loss to New Palestine.

Concordia came into the game playing their best football of the season, riding a 4-game win streak. Last week, Concordia won the Sectional 27 Championship 56-6 over Peru. The Cadets entered the game with winning record at 7-5, despite playing in the challenging Summit Athletic Conference with other Fort Wayne schools such as 6A Homestead and 5A powerhouse Bishop Dwenger.

Following a 403 yard rushing performance in their 42-14 home in over West Lafayette, the Trojans impressive ground attack remained just as strong. Senior running back Daylen Taylor ran for a season-high five touchdowns, including one from 40 yards out on the first Trojan play from scrimmage and another for 53 yards on the first play of the second half. Taylor was responsible for the first five Chatard touchdowns, and his three first quarter scores kept the Trojans alive after the Cadets took an early 7-0 lead.

On both sides, momentum swung back and forth on kickoffs. In the first quarter, the Cadets returned a kickoff for a touchdown and immediately recovered an onside kick. For the Trojans, it was a big kick return that jump started their first possession, as well an onside kick recovery after the Cadets attempted to catch the Trojans off guard with an onside kick to open the second half. 

Bizarrely, the Trojans recovered their own kick on two consecutive deep kickoffs. In the third quarter, a kick from senior kicker George Forsee was botched by the Cadet returner, and the Trojans recovered with excellent field position to set up a 37 yard Andrew Sowinski touchdown. The exact same thing happened on the next kickoff, and senior running back Derion Gilbert took advantage and scored his only touchdown of the night.

BCHS will play in Semi-State for a second consecutive year. Last season ended in a Semi-State defeat at the hands of Evansville Memorial. This time around, the Marian Knights will host the Trojans in Mishawaka with a trip to the State Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on the line. The Knights won their fifth consecutive sectional championship in 2019 and defeated Knox 17-0 to win regionals.