Trojans take on Patriots for state title


Trojans head to state after beating Mishawaka Marian for the semi-state title.

Patrick Felts

For the 15th time in school history, the BCHS Trojan football team is headed to the state championship. 

The 2019 IHSAA 3A State Championship between the Bishop Chatard Trojans and the Heritage Hills Patriots is scheduled for  Friday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (500 S Capitol Avenue). The 3A game will start following the conclusion of the 1A championship between Lafayette Central Catholic and Indianapolis Lutheran, and it will be followed by the 5A game between New Palestine and Valparaiso. 

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the BCHS athletic office or at the Lucas Oil Stadium box office. One ticket serves as admission to all three of Friday’s games. 

Hailing from Lincoln City, Indiana near Santa Claus, the 14-0 Patriots have been led by their stout defense. Heritage Hills has held its opponents to an average of just 8.8 points per game during the 2019 state tournament, putting them among the best in the entire state.

Heritage Hills is playing for the state championship for just the third time in school history, and the first time since 2004, when the Patriots lost the 3A championship to Andrean. In 2000, Heritage Hills won its only state championship, a 27-24 overtime win over Zionsville, thanks to heroics from future Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. 

BCHS is no stranger to the state championship. The Trojans are 13-time state champions, more than any other school in the state. The Trojans have not played for a state championship since 2015, when they beat West Lafayette 31-7. BCHS is 13-1 all time in state championship games, the only loss coming in 2005 when NorthWood won the 3A state championship 7-0.

The 2019 Trojans enter the championship 13-1, riding a 10-game win streak. BCHS is bolstered by an explosive offense and dominant defense. During the 2019 tournament, the Trojans have played against highly ranked opponents, including Brebeuf and West Lafayette, but have still won by an average of 36 points per game in the playoffs. 

With the game just 20 minutes from BCHS, the Trojans are expected to draw a massive crowd. BCHS Director of Athletics Mr. Mike Ford said, “We’ve sold 1,000 tickets three days in advance, and a lot of people will buy at the stadium on game day. We are expecting between 4,000 and 5,000 fans on our side. It certainly helps the team having that large of a crowd cheering in blue and white. Heritage Hills has a great following too, but they have to travel three hours. It’ll provide our guys a nice boost.”