INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The Bishop Chatard Trojans pulled away in the second half of a blowout against the Brebeuf Braves. The score may indicate total dominance from Chatard, but the game was close in the first half. The Trojans came in as the favorite, but thanks to a solid performance early by the Braves quarterback, Jeffrey George, the game remained close for a while.
The defenses for both teams came out of the gate strong and neither broke until a score in the second quarter by Trojan running back Ryan Kleinschmidt. The senior running back is the main weapon for Chatard, but was having a hard time breaking through the defensive line early. That changed on two big sweep plays to the right; the first gaining 17 yards and the second going for a 34 yard touchdown.
Turnovers played a major role in the game and seemed to constantly happen on special teams. The Trojans recovered a poor snap on a punt leading to a field goal and a 10-0 lead for Chatard.
Jeffrey George, who is the son of former pro quarterback and Indianapolis Colt Jeff George, was making his first start as a sophomore. Early on he showed great poise in the pocket and an ability to get rid of the ball quickly. Two big passes led to a touchdown and brought the score to 10-7.
It was time for quarterback Max VanVilet to get into the action for the Trojans. He stood tall in the pocket completing two big passes downfield, including a touchdown to Joe Fagan, making the score 17-7. Chatard recovered a fumble on the kickoff, but were unable to score before halftime.
George had a harder time in the second half starting on the Braves first possession of the second half when the quarterback took a sack on 3rd and 12. Defense took over once again for both sides. VanVilet lost a fumble, but Brebeuf could do nothing with the opportunity as George was sacked on 3rd and 30.
If you were looking for fumbles on kicking plays then this was the game for you. Brebeuf lost another fumble on the punt return and gave the Trojans excellent field position at the 19 yard line. However, they would squander the opportunity when Chatard went for it on 4th and 1 and Kleinschmidt was stuffed for a loss.
With opportunities all around and no one taking advantage, it seemed George started to try to do it himself. Unfortunately for the Braves, that led to an interception. The Trojans eventually punched it in from two yards out to give them a comfortable 24-7 lead.
Kleinschmidt would add a big 50 yard rushing touchdown to put the game away and give him 162 rushing yards on the day. Despite a good start Jeffrey George finished 14/32 with a touchdown and two interceptions.