The Bishop Chatard Trojans capped off a perfect 3-0 conference record with a victory over Guerin Catholic last Friday night in front of a raucous home student section. The 21-13 victory was a back and forth affair all night. The fireworks started early when GC’s Dylan Crossan took the first offensive play from scrimmage 79 yards for a touchdown. Unfazed, the Trojans immediately answered back. A Mark Nondorf pass to John Marsella set up Daylen Taylor 2-yard touchdown run. Christian Gelov led the Golden Eagles down the field late in the first quarter, but was picked off in the redzone by Brady Kinnett. After the defense held, Guerin Catholic went on a 14 play, 71 yard drive during which the Trojans were flagged twice on fourth down. The end result was a Nathan Friedman field goal to put the Golden Eagles up 10-7 with 7:59 to play in the half. On the ensuing drive, Taylor put together some impressive runs to move the ball down the field. Facing 3rd and 8 on the GC 18, Nondorf found Andrew Sowinski in the corner of the end zone to take the lead for good.
The Golden Eagles benefited from a muffed punt and a personal foul on their second drive of the third quarter. Ultimately, they would have to settle for a 37 yard Friedman field goal after Kinnet broke up a deep third down pass in the end zone. The Trojans, leading 14-13, then reeled off a 9 play, 66 yard drive that featured a heavy dose of Taylor. The drive was capped by one of the most phenomenal runs of the season where Taylor took the ball behind the 33 and ran around, through, and over all comers, including two different mobs of 3 defenders inside the ten to find pay dirt. This put the Trojans up 21-13 with 6:30 remaining in the game. Guerin Catholic would have several attempts at the tying score in the closing seconds of what turned into a wild finish, but ultimately the Trojan defense held strong.
With the victory, Bishop Chatard was crowned conference champions for the first time in school history.
Key Stats – GC QB Gelov 6 of 23 for 48 yds, 0 TD 1 INT; RB Crossan 19 for 158, 1 TD; WR Crossan 2 for 25 yard; BC QB Nondorf 8 of 13 for 97, 1 TD 0 INT; RB Taylor 24 for 131, 2 TD; WR Sowinski 5 for 70, 1 TD