The Bishop Chatard Trojans handed the Roncalli Rebels their first-ever loss in Circle City Conference play in front of a packed house on the night Roncalli’s Bruce Scifres and Bob Tully were inducted into the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame during a halftime presentation..
The Trojan defense was dominating in the first quarter, holding the Rebels to three “three-and-outs.” A botched punt play led to the Trojans receiving the ball first and goal on the Roncalli 9 yard line midway through the first quarter. On the next play, Bishop Chatard’s line opened a gaping hole between the tackle and tight end for Daylen Taylor to scamper through for the score. A phenomenal catch by Andrew Sowinski of a Mark Nondorf pass for a 28 yard gain on 3rd and 4 set up the Trojans for their next score. Taylor plowed in from the three on the very next snap.
Down 14-0, freshman Aiden Leffler came into the game at quarterback for Roncalli. While eventually forced to punt, Leffler used both his arm and his legs to gain the Rebels’ first first downs of the night. Early in the second quarter, Jacob Denney picked off a Nondorf pass and scampered 36 yards for the Rebels’ first score. Neither team was able to score again, and they went into the half with a score of 14-7 in favor of Bishop Chatard.
Elijah Mahan electrified the home crowd when he busted loose for a 75 yard score on Roncalli’s first play of the second half. However, the ensuing PAT was blocked by Patrick Mastrian. A one-point margin would be as close as the Rebels would get. On their next possession, they managed to drive to the Trojans’ 29 yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Five plays later, Nondorf broke free for a 44 yard touchdown scamper. The Rebels would once again drive deep into Bishop Chatard territory in the fourth quarter, but Mastrian came through with another blocked kick (field goal attempt).
The Trojans held on to win 21-13 and will face Guerin Catholic with a chance at the school’s first conference title in Week 6.
Interesting stats: Both teams gained 254 yards of offense. Roncalli rushed for 203 while Bishop Chatard passed for 142.
Chatard – Taylor 32-93 2; Nondorf 10-18 142 2 INT; Sowinkski 4-81
Roncalli – Mahan 20-144 1; Beckman 6-16 31; Leffler 2-11 20; Dill 4-27