3A semistate: Chatard beats No. 1 Gibson Southern in ‘a war’

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3A semistate: Chatard beats No. 1 Gibson Southern in ‘a war’

By: Frank Gogola, Indy Star correspondent

Lewis Dilts was a freshman sitting in the stands when Bishop Chatard won its most recent semistate title in 2012. He saw the Trojans celebrating a 59-7 on the Gibson Southern field and knew that one day, he wanted to be in position to play for a state title.

“Just watching it from the stands, it was a great experience,” Dilts said. “After that, I had it set in my mind that I wanted to lead a team to a state championship.”

Saturday, Dilts had his opportunity when Chatard (11-3) made it back to a semistate game for the first time since he was in the stands. Playing on the snow-covered field at Lawrence North High School, the senior quarterback guided the fifth-ranked Trojans to a 29-20 win against No. 1 Gibson Southern.

The Trojans will play West Lafayette (13-1) in the Class 3A state championship game 3:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It was very cold. Very wet. Hard to hold onto the ball,” Dilts said of Friday night’s conditions. “But it was fun .”

Playing in the wind and snow, Chatard and Gibson Southern (13-1) combined for 15 turnovers. The Trojans fumbled five times, losing three. The Titans put the ball on the ground eight times and lost six; they were picked off twice.

Chatard capitalized on the first miscue, scoring a safety on the second drive of the game. After the free kick, the Trojans scored on their first and only completed pass attempt of the game. Dilts connected with Jack Gleaves for a 23-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.

“We had been practicing punt blocks all week,” Kellison said. “I saw a crease. I went for it. Blocked it. Got up real fast and recovered it. It was a big momentum swing for us.”

Late in the second quarter, Gibson Southern quarterback Nick Sellers bounced a run to the left and ran into the end zone untouched from 26 yards out. The Titans had loaded the backfield with Sellers under center to give the illusion of a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1.

The Trojans led 15-7 after a first half that featured more combined fumbles (10) than first downs (7).

Chatard struggled to close drives early in the second half. Running back Gabe Coleman took the opening handoff of the second half 64 yards to the Gibson Southern 9-yard line. But the Trojans had their field-goal attempt blocked after gaining zero yards on three plays.

Gibson Southern then marched 80 yards in 14 plays to pull within 15-13, but Kellison sacked Sellers, thwarting the 2-point conversion attempt.

Chatard’s ensuing two drives stalled and resulted in punts. Early in the fourth quarter the Trojans drovedown to the Gibson Southern 5-yard line, but they missed a 21-yard field goal. It was the third time the Trojans drove inside the 10-yard line and came away empty-handed.

“They’re big. They hit hard. They’re physical upfront,” said Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano. “They brought their A-game, defensively. It was a war.”

Following a Gibson Southern turnover on downs, Dilts scored for the second time, running in from 3 yards out to  extend the Trojans’ lead to 22-13.

The Titans, though, wouldn’t go away. They drove 80 yards on eight plays, converting a fourth-and-10 along the way. Sellers scored from 4 yards out to cut the deficit to two points.

The Titans had a chance to take its first lead after Chatard punted from midfield, but they  fumbled — for the eighth and final time — losing yet another possession.

The Trojans capitalized on the short field and scored on a 17-yard run by Jarrod Stiver to make it 29-20. Needing two scores in less than two minutes, Sellers put the ball in the air and was intercepted by Tommy Grote, as Chatard sealed the win.

Entering Saturday, Chatard had limited its four postseason opponents to a combined 31 points. The Titans, on the other hand, had not been kept below 42 points this season, averaging 57.8 points per game.

“We knew they had a high-powered offense,” Kellison said. “We knew we had to stay locked in, stay focused and things would go our way.”

Chatard’s road to the Class 3A state title game has been filled with challenges. The Trojans beat No. 9 Brebeuf Jesuit, upended No. 4 Guerin Catholic and knocked off defending state champion Tri-West in the sectional round. In the regional championship, they handed No. 10 Batesville its second loss of the season. Top-ranked Gibson Southern is now added to that list of victims.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” Lorenzano said. “They paid their dues. There’s no tougher groups of kids I’ve coached than this team. We’ve taken everyone’s best punch, and we’re still standing. And we’re not done yet.”

BISHOP CHATARD 29, GIBSON SOUTHERN 20

Gibson Southern 0  7  6  7  — 20

Bishop Chatard 15  0  0  14  — 29

SCORING

BC – Tackle for safety

BC – Lewis Dilts to Jack Gleaves 23 (kick failed)

BC – Will Kellison fumble recovery in end zone on blocked punt (Caleb Kobets kick)

GS – Nick Sellers 26 run (Mason Mockobee kick)

GS – Sellers 1 run (2-point failed)

BC – Dilts run 3 (Kobets kick)

GS – Sellers 4 run (Mockobee kick)

BC – Jarrod Stiver 17 run (Kobets kick)

Rushing – Bishop Chatard, Gabe Coleman 19-106, Jarrod Stiver 17-87, Lewis Dilts 6-17, Charlie Sexaur 1-4, John Chavis 2-1,. Gibson Southern, Nick Sellers 30-71, Griffin Scheller 12-70, Isaac Dickenson 2-12, Dylan Stefanich 4-2.

Passing – Bishop Chatard, Lewis Dilts 1-5-0 23. Gibson Southern, Nick Sellers 14-27-2 204, Griffin Scheller 0-1-0 0.

Receiving – Bishop Chatard, Jack Gleaves 1-23. Gibson Southern, Chandler McKee 3-51, Griffin Scheller 3-49, Morgan Rexing 2-39, Grant Allen 3-34, Caleb Carpenter 3-31.

2 Comments

  1. Sally Mays

    August 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Tommy Johnson was quite the quarterback last year. I will say even though we didn’t win state getting ranked number 1 throughout most the season gives us two goals this year. Win state and get back to that number 1 ranking. Titan Pride!

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    Football Fan

    August 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Right on Sally that is the spirit. I can’t wait to go out in the middle of the corn fields to watch us this season! Titan Pride!

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