Trojans take record-setting victory over Rebels


P. Felts

The Roncalli offense and BCHS defense line up in the second quarter of play.

Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

Another week, another win for BCHS football.

The red hot Trojans improve their record to 3-0 on the season following a 53 to 7 victory over the Roncalli Rebels, who fall to 0-3. The 46 point margin is the biggest defeat in the history of Roncalli football. The schools met for the 59th time on Friday night, and for the first time ever at BCHS. 

On the field, the Trojans were firing on all cylinders. The Trojans rushed for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns as a team, a bulk of which came from senior running backs Daylen Taylor and Derion Gilbert. Despite a slow start on the ground, Gilbert credits the offensive line in leading the charge, saying that they “talked after the first quarter, and then things really got going.” Senior offensive lineman Joseph Solomon said that the offense “communicated really well and let the offensive line execute.”

The Trojan offense torched the Rebels through the air as well, passing for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns, the majority coming from senior quarterback Kyle Cheek, who threw 2 touchdown passes and ran for another. Cheek, who left the game late in the third quarter due to leg cramps, says he is feeling “pretty good,” and is ready to compete again next week. After exiting the game, Cheek was replaced by sophomore quarterback Carter St. John, who threw a touchdown to senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski shortly thereafter. Sowinski was excited by St. John’s performance, saying he was “very impressed” by the “beautiful ball” he caught for a touchdown.

Defensively, it was a similar story of dominance for BCHS. The Trojans allowed just 7 points all game. Senior safety Patrick Mastrian credits team chemistry for their performance. He said, “We all went out there and played as a unit. It was a great team win.” The Trojan defensive line also impressed against the Rebels. Senior defensive lineman George Assalley said, “We started a little slow, but we patched it by halftime, and it was smooth by the third quarter. We got some pressure on the quarterback, especially when he was dropping back.”

Assalley contributed to more than just defensive line tonight. In the fourth quarter, Assalley recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown, the first of his life. He said, “It felt amazing. I’ve been playing football since 3rd grade, and I’d never scored a touchdown before. It was a unique feeling.”

Despite a convincing victory, the Trojans are still hungry for more. They will get the chance next week when they face the arch rival Cathedral Fighting Irish. Senior tight end Timmy McNelis said, “We’re gonna go out there and be the most physical team again and beat Cathedral for a second straight year.” Cheek added, “It’s rivalry week now. I want to see the whole student section there getting crazy for all 4 quarters.”