Bishop Chatard Wins Record-Setting 12th State Title PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Saturday, 24 November 2012 21:52

By Rosemarie Kelly

Winning state football championships is becoming ever-so commonplace for the Bishop Chatard Trojans.

The Trojans achieved its third consecutive Class 3A high school championship and a record 12th state football title in a 30-13 victory, pulling away in the fourth quarter from a gritty Hamilton Heights team attempting to win its first state title in any sport, ever. As the Huskies battled back from a 16-0 halftime deficit to close to within 10 points at 16-6 late in the third quarter, Bishop Chatard began it works its state title magic.

Bishop Chatard began the title-sealing drive at their own 10-yard line with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter. Fourteen plays and six minutes and 25 seconds later, Trojans quarterback Sam Neighbours completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Henry Hill early in the fourth quarter, putting the Trojans ahead 23-6.

But the nail biting wasn't quite cut close enough to the quick just yet. (Check out photos from the game at this link.


Hamilton Heights recovered a Bishop Chatard fumble at the Huskies' 25-yard line and drove 75 yards in nine plays, scoring a touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Corey Beck to Spencer Dull with 3:55 remaining in the game, bringing the score to 23-13. Hamilton Heights attempted an onside kick, but it went out of bounds at the Trojans 40-yard line. The Trojans couldn't muster a first down and were forced to punt with 2:42 left in the game.

Big play seals the deal

Hamilton Heights faced an uphill battle, starting at their own 17-yard line. A few false-start penalties and a couple of incomplete passes, and the Huskies now had a fourth down. As they attempted to get a first down, Trojans defensive back Stan Jackson sacked HH quarterback Beck who then fumbled the ball. Jackson then fell on the fumble in the end zone to score Bishop Chatard's final touchdown with 1:16 left in the game to account for the final score.

"This was a great team win," said Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano, who has coached the Trojans to six state titles. " I knew this would be a slugfest. Hamilton Heights were a very well-coached team, and I knew this would be a tough game."

Lorenzano,  who shook the hand of each his players and student managements congratulating them on the state title win, spoke to the strong tradition of Bishop Chatard state championship football.

"This win basically speaks to the tradition-based program from Dick Dullaghan and Chuck Schwanekamp, to Billy Lynch and Tom Dilley. It's an achievement for the kids and a tribute to the families who do so much for our school. I am just a torchbearer."

Trojan's senior running back Pete Hartley, who amassed 172 rushing yards on 29 carries, said he felt fantastic after the game and honored to be a part of his school's winning football tradition.

"For a lot of us seniors, this is our first year starting, so this means the world to us. To be a part of winning at Chatard means you are doing something bigger than yourself," Hartley said. "I will never be a part of something as tremendous as this for the rest of my life, so to be involved in this is just such an honor."

Next year, up to 4A

Because Bishop Chatard has accumulated enough points in the new state tournament success factor derby to move up to Class 4A in football next season. It could be just another challenge for yet another Trojans team to go after and achieve.




1983 ─ Trojans blank Plainfield 2-0 in girls soccer.

1995 ─ Junior Joe Holland tosses three TDS to lead Trojans to 32-20 win over Broad Ripple.

2000 ─ Cathedral's defense shuts down Trojans 28-7 in football tilt.

2005 ─ Bishop Chatard posts lowest score of 15 points to capture the Division A in the Pike Hokum Karem (Girls).

2007 ─ John Sahm hooked up with Chris Barnes on 3 TD passes to lead Bishop Chatard to a 34-6 win over Brebeuf.

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