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Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Saturday, 03 November 2012 14:11

By Rosemarie Kelly

Scecina Memorial, Bishop Chatard and Cardinal Ritter all celebrated dominant sectional wins over their football opponents Friday night while Cathedral easily dispatched of Roncalli in a sectional clash of two classic football programs. And Class 2A No. 8 Heritage Christian lost a close one to perennial football power Shenandoah. Read on for the details.

Scecina Memorial 35, Eastern Hancock 19

Crusaders runningback Thomas Allgood literally carried his class A No. 1 team to a sectional title, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns to power Scecina (9-3) over Eastern Hancock (6-6)

Scecina Memorial jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead, thanks to two touchdown runs by Allgood of 10 yards and 49 yards respectively. Defensive back Sam Burck also received a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter to add to the scoring tally. Allgood scored his third touchdown in the third quarter on another 10-yard run. Jordan Brown rounded out the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

In regional action next week, Scecina will travel to North Vermillion in a rematch of last year's regional game in which the Crusaders came away with a 35-8 victory. This year, the undefeated Falcons are ranked No. 7.

Bishop Chatard 50 - Greencastle 7

The Class 3A No 1 Trojans dominated from the first quarter, jumping out to a 15-point lead over the No. 4 Greencastle Tiger Cubs in the game's first 10 minutes. Greencastle had given up just 28 points all season, yet it took Bishop Chatard a little more than 19 minutes to amass a 29-0 halftime lead.

Chatard took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards in eight plays, scoring a touchdown on a 20-yard run by Pete Hartley. The defense scored a two-point safety when Michael Weimer tackled Greencastle quarterback Nick Gilliam in the end zone. Two drives later, Henry Hill scored a touchdown on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Sam Neighbours. Hartley scored a second touchdown on an 82-yard punt return with 8:45 to go in the first half. The Bishop Chatard defense scored a second touchdown when  Sean Parsons intercepted a Greencastle pass and returned it 27 yards into the end zone.

Hartley led the Trojans with 126 yards on 22 carries, followed by Alex Kimack who gained 53 yards on 11 carries. Neighbours turned in a solid performance, passing for 97 yards on 9-13 attempts. Next week, Bishop Chatard (10-2) hosts No. 12 Greensburg (10-2) at Tech Stadium.

Cardinal Ritter 48- Broad Ripple 8

Class 2A No. 1 and undefeated Cardinal Ritter left little doubt it deserved its top ranking, rolling to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter over host Broad Ripple (7-4) and leading 27-0 at the half. Quarterback Jake Purichia had a spectacular night, throwing five touchdown passes on an 11-for-12, 284 yards passing performance, and scoring a rushing touchdown on a 27-yard run in the first quarter.

In the first quarter, Purichia connected on touchdown passes of 47 yards and 33 yards to Jalen Chandler and Alex Parrett respectively. Purichia found Robby Hagan in the second quarter on a 43-yard touchdown pass. Purichia added two more touchdowns in the third quarter, hooking up with Parrett again on a 69-yard pass and finding Jake Hagan on a 50-yard pass. Steven Campbell scored the final Raiders touchdown on a 47-yard run.

In regional action next week, the Raiders will play at Marian University, taking on unranked Shenandoah (9-3), who upset No. 8 ranked Heritage Christian.

Cathedral 34- Roncalli 7

Roncalli fans thought the Class 4A No. 3 Rebels had a strong chance to beat the Class 4A No. 7 Cathedral Irish, but it didn't take long for the Irish to turn those thoughts into little more pipe dreams. A couple of key early miscues by the Rebels set the stage for Cathedral to explode for 21 first-quarter points en route to a shockingly easy 34-7 win.

Roncalli's first offensive drive stalled and a just a 19-yard punt set up the Irish in great field position near the 50-yard line. Cathedral converted three third-down plays on the drive that ended when John Hummel scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run. Cathedral next did an on-side kick that Sampson Levingston recovered near the 50-yard line. Four plays later, Cathedral quarterback Connor Rice ran 12 yards for another Irish touchdown. Roncalli's next drive was three-and-out, and this time Catehdral's Terry McLaughlin returned the punt 43 yards for a touchdown, making the score 21-0 Irish.

Hummel added another touchdown on a 5-yard, second-quarter run and Gino Gillum scored the final Cathedral touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Rice in the third quarter. Roncalli's lone touchdown came late in the second quarter when David Holtkamp caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Smock.

Next week, Cathedral will play Class 4A No. 5 Mount Vernon (11-1) at Arlington.

Shenandoah 41 - Heritage Christian 35

Class 1A No. 8 Heritage Christian looked to be driving for a game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on Shenandoah's home field. Leading 35-28, the Eagles drove to the Shenandoah's six-yard line. The Raiders rose to the occasion and held the Eagles scoreless on fourth down and then scored two touchdowns for a dramatic come-from-behind sectional title win.

The Raiders took over the ball at their own 1-yard line and put together a 99-yard scoring drive that culminated with a 6-yard touchdown run by Chandler Hale to tie the score at 35. The Eagles responded by driving to midfield, but Shenandoah stopped the drive and got the chance for the game-winning drive. They pulled it off to perfection, taking more than three minutes of the remaining 3:33 in the game to score a touchdown and steal the sectional title away from Heritage Christian, who finished the season with a 9-3 record.

Nest week, Shenandoah faces another huge test, taking on the No. 1 Cardinal Ritter Raiders at Marian University.








1955 ─ Six players have a hand in scoring as Scecina defeats Pike Township 27-0.

1965 ─ Sophomore Tommy Armour leads the city in passing for quarterbacks with 467 yards and four TDs.

1975 ─ Brebeuf garners 15 points to beat Scecina (45 points) in cross country.

1985 ─ Chatrand beats Scecina 15-3, 9-15, 15-3 in volleyball match.

1995 ─ Crusaders grab 16 first-place votes to grab top spot in Class 2A football poll.


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