By: Brent Taylor ‘15
It was a rainy Friday night as the Bombers took on the Indianapolis Cathedral Irish at Ballaban Field. With darkening skies and a steady rainfall, the two teams were lucky to get the game in.
The Bombers won the coin toss, but deferred, kicking off to Indy Cathedral. The Bomber defense started off strong, forcing a three-and-out possession by Cathedral. When the Bombers received the ball, they too could do little on offense, going three-and-out. The two defenses remained strong.
Midway through the quarter, the Bombers began moving the ball steadily down the field. The Bomber offense converted two fourth-down plays to keep the drive going, and they capitalized the six minute forty-second drive with a two-yard touchdown run by junior Ben Glines, giving the Bombers a 6-0 lead. The ensuing extra point was blocked.
In the second, both defenses continued to play well, making key defensive stops. Later in the quarter, Alec Prophit blocked a Cathedral punt to give the Bombers good field position. However, the Cathedral defense stopped the Bombers, ending the half with the Bombers leading 6-0.
The Bombers received the ball to begin the second half. On the opening drive, the Bombers drove down the field to the Cathedral 25 yard-line where they faced a fourth-and-twenty. The drive stopped when Cathedral recovered a fumble. The Bomber defense again forced a three-and-out. The Bombers drove down the field and scored on a 34-yard field goal by Myles Homan, increasing the Bomber lead to 9-0 with just under 3 minutes to play in the 3rd.
Cathedral received the kickoff and marched right down the field, scoring on a 21-yard pass from Collin Barthel to Terry McLaurin, cutting the Bomber lead to 9-6. The extra point attempt was blocked by junior Justin Hilliard. The Bombers began to find holes in the Irish defense on their next drive. A 28-yard completion from senior quarterback Nick Tensing to wide receiver Connor Jones put the ball in Cathedral territory. After a 23-yard run by Ben Glines, Brandon Cook ran for a 13-yard touchdown, increasing the Bomber lead to 15-6 with 9:13 to play, but a missed extra point kept the score that way.
The Bomber defense continued to stop the Cathedral offense, and St. X went on to defeat Indianapolis Cathedral 15-6.
The weather conditions forced both teams to run the ball for tough yardage. The Bombers, who rushed for 316 yards, were led by junior Ben Glines, who rushed for 251 yards on 44 carries. Brandon Cook added 58 yards and a touchdown for the Bombers. Cathedral was held to only 117 yards rushing.
Indy Cathedral quarterback Collin Bathel completed six of 16 passes for a total of 47 yards and one touchdown, while St. X quarterback Nick Tensing completed five of 12 passes for 53 yards.
The Bomber defense, which came up huge all night, was led by junior Justin Hilliard, who had five tackles, as well as Robbie Jung, who added four tackles.
The Bombers improve to 3-1 on the season, as Indianapolis Cathedral falls to 2-3.
Next Friday night, the Bombers head to University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium to take on the Moeller Crusaders in a GCL-South matchup. For more information about the game and tickets, visit the football page at http://stxsports.org/football