Tiger Cubs fall to top-ranked Trojans: Greencastle has its perfect record end in the 50-7 sectional final loss
INDIANAPOLIS -- Entering Friday's sectional final showdown with powerhouse Bishop Chatard, Greencastle had ideas of how the game might go. But as the opening drive by the Trojans indicated, it was going to be a long night if you were a Tiger Cub fan.
The Tiger Cubs (11-1) saw their perfect season come to an end, suffering a 50-7 loss to Bishop Chatard in the sectional final.
"We didn't want it to be this way, but you win some and you lose some," GHS head coach Josh Buis said. "The kids fought hard all year long. We have a tremendous senior class that lead us to an 11-0 season before we faced Bishop Chatard tonight.
"I think the community, the school, the coaches and the underclassmen should be proud of this senior class and what they've been able to accomplish in 2012."
The Trojans received the opening kickoff and marched down the field in eight plays, with running back Peter Hartley taking the ball in from 21 yards out for the game's first score with 8:22 on the clock.
On the flip side, Greencastle's first drive was a quick three-and-out, but the sideline was raucous after the Tiger Cubs forced the Trojans to do the same.
However, a superb punt pinned the Tiger Cubs on their own one-yard line and things took a turn for the worst.
On the next play, senior quarterback Nick Gilliam tried a sneak, but the Bishop Chatard defense sniffed it out and sacked him in the end zone for a safety to make the score 9-0 in favor of the Trojans.
Greencastle's offense continued to struggle throughout the first half, while the Trojans were firing on all cylinders.
One bright spot for GHS in the first was a big stand at the goal line just before the half.
The Trojans put together an impressive eight-play drive that covered a good deal of real estate and were threatening another score with less than 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Bishop Chatard quarterback Sam Neighbours dropped back and tried to hit a receiver over the middle at the goal.
The ball disappeared into a sea of players from both squads; then came the shoving and, ultimately, everyone looking around trying to get a handle on the situation.
Finally, the referees blew their whistles and signaled it was Tiger Cub football. GHS ran out the clock and went to the locker room to regroup for the second half.
Greencastle hoped to shake off its first half woes and put together a scoring drive to start the second half. The drive turned out to be a touchdown, but not the kind Greencastle was wanting to see.
Following two Gilliam rushes to start the second half, the senior quarterback dropped back and was hit as he fired a hard shot down the field. Bishop Chatard defender Sean Parsons jumped the route, intercepted the ball and was off to the races to put the Trojans up 36-0 with 10:22 in the third quarter.
Greencastle's scoring drought came to an end late in the contest.
Facing a 50-0 deficit, senior running back Nate Christy found the end zone following an impressive run. Something finally went the Tiger Cubs' way.
Christy took the handoff from Gilliam and began to dissect the Trojan defense. He zigzagged his way through the defense and out sprinted two Bishop Chatard defenders for a 69-yard touchdown run with 1:40 remaining on the clock.
Buis said following the game that it was nice to see something go in favor of the Tiger Cubs, so they could have something positive to close out their season.
"It's always positive when you can end on a positive note with that touchdown," Buis said. "We have to continue to get better; continue to grow. And the senior class has done a great job establishing a program built upon a foundation that last year's seniors accomplish.
"The sky's the limit for this program, the future's bright and we're excited to get started next year."
Christy led GHS in rushing with 78 yards on 12 carries, with Gilliam adding 29 yards. The Trojans' Hartley led all rushers with 131 yards on 22 carries.
Although Friday's loss marked an end to the Tiger Cubs impressive run, Buis said competing against a talented team such at Bishop Chatard will only make his program stronger.
"It's always great when you can play teams like Bishop Chatard," Buis said. "It's going to make you a better program. We strive to be like Bishop Chatard and the Brebeuf's of the world. That's who we want to be like as a program.
"They have a ton of tradition and great support. And I can tell you, our support matches their support. The community has done a great job all year. This school's done a great job all year and we just have to continue to grow and get in the weight room.
"We have some great young players coming back and the sky's the limit for this program."
At Lawrence North
Chatard 50, Greencastle 7
Greencastle 0 0 0 7 -- 13
Chatard 15 14 7 14 -- 50
C -- Pete Hartley 20 run (Blake Ayres kick) 7-0, 8:22.
C -- Safety, quarterback sack by Michael Weimer, 9-0, 5:23.
C -- Henry Hill 12 pass from Sam Neighbours (kick failed) 15-0, 2:18.
C -- Hartley 82 punt return (Ayres kick) 22-0, 8:48.
C -- Alex Kimack 8 run (Ayres kick) 29-0, 6:58.
C -- Sean Parsons 27 pass interception return (Ayres kick) 36-0, 10:22.
C -- Anthony LaRose 10 pass from Neighbours (Ayres kick) 43-0, 11:08.
C -- Eric Moore 19 run (Ayres kick) 50-0, 9:02.
G -- Nate Christy 70 run (Sedrick Weinschenk kick) 50-7, 1:40.
First downs 5 18
Rushes-yards 21-104 48-250
Passing yards 2 101
Comp-Att-Int 5-20-2 9-13-0
Total offense 41-106 61-351
Return yards 107 153
Punts-Avg. 6-20.3 2-37.5
Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 2-10 5-48
Greencastle: Christy 12-78, Gilliam 8-29, Scott 1-(-3).
Chatard: Hartley 22-131, Kimack 11-48, Moore 4-36, Bunnell 5-11, Neighbours 2-19, Weimer 1-6, Metzger 1-3, O'Brien 1-0, Gleaves 1-(-2).
Greencastle: Gilliam 5-20-2-2.
Chatard: Neighbours 9-13-0-101.
Greencastle: Brown 2-11, Shuee 1-2, Robinson 1-(-6), Christy 1-(-5).
Chatard: Hill 3-34, Busald 2-13, Fagan 1-14, Parsons 1-20, Ball 1-10, LaRose 1-10.
Friday, Nov. 9, Chatard will host Greensburg. Greencastle finishes the season 11-1.