The 2015 Cathedral football schedule has been released. The Irish will open the season at Class 6A Lawrence Central on August 21st. Cathedral last played the Bears in 1997. The schedule features two other Class 6A teams, Fishers and Center Grove, as well as traditional rival Bishop Chatard (4A), Brebeuf Jesuit (3A) and Mishawaka (5A).
Cathedral will also face three out-of-state opponents during the 2015 regular season. Cincinnati Moeller returns to the schedule after a one-year absence. The Crusaders advanced to the semifinal round of the Division I OHSAA state tournament last season after winning Ohio state titles in 2012 and 2013. The Irish will also face perennial power Cincinnati St. Xavier and Rhea County high school from Tennessee.
In its history, Cathedral has played more than 60 games against out-of-state teams from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky. Rhea County will be the first Irish opponent from Tennessee.
2015 Cathedral Football Schedule
||Controlled Scrimmage (at Franklin County)
||at Lawrence Central
||vs. Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) (at Univ. of Cincinnati)
||Mishawaka (at Arsenal Tech)
||Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (at Lawrence North)
||at Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio)
||Rhea County (Tennessee) (at Arsenal Tech)
||vs. Fishers (at Victory Field)
||Brebeuf Jesuit (at Lawrence North) (Homecoming)
||at Center Grove
Not on the 2015 schedule are 2014 opponents Ben Davis, Warren Central, Hamilton Southeastern, South Bend St. Joseph, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, and Louisville Trinity. Ben Davis is the reigning Class 6A state champion in Indiana, while Louisville Trinity won the Class 6A state title in Kentucky last season. The six schools leaving the schedule were a combined 46-25 (.648) in 2014, while the six schools joining the schedule in 2015 combined for a record of 50-23 (.685) last season.
2015 Opponent Overviews
Lawrence Central – The Bears were 4-7 in 2014. Their losses came to teams who finished the season with a combined record of 58-18 (.763) including Class 6A tournament champion Ben Davis and runner-up Carmel. LC will be led by senior running back Gerrid Doaks who rushed for 1,242 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. The Irish have a 7-4 record in the all-time series with the Bears.
Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller – The Crusaders have won the last two outings against the Irish after Cathedral had won the previous three games in the series. Moeller finished the 2014 season with a 10-4 record, losing in the post-season for the first time in three years. Quarterback Thomas MacVittie has verbally committed to play college football at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mishawaka – The Cavemen were 9-3 in 2014, suffering regular season losses to Class 6A schools Crown Point and Penn before losing the 5A sectional final to eventual state tournament runner-up LaPorte. The Irish defeated the Cavemen in the 2012 Class 4A state title game. Mishawaka could have dropped to Class 4A in football this season according to its enrollment, but chose to remain in Class 5A.
Indianapolis Bishop Chatard – The Trojans will return to Class 3A this season after competing in Class 4A the past two years due to the IHSAA success factor. In 4A, Chatard had its state record of 12 consecutive regional titles end and, last season, lost in the sectional round for the first time since 2000, a string of 40 consecutive wins. The Trojans finished with an 8-3 record in 2014 including a 28-20 loss to the Irish.
Cincinnati St. Xavier – The Bombers were 10-3 in 2014 losing to Archbishop Moeller in the Division I quarterfinal round of the Ohio state tournament. St. X shut out the Irish 27-0 last season at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was the first time Cathedral had not scored in a game since 2004. Junior quarterback Sean Clifford will lead St. X. He threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns against the Irish as a sophomore.
Rhea County (Evensville, Tennessee) – The Golden Eagles were 13-1 in 2014, reaching the Class 5A (second largest class) semifinals in the TSSAA state tournament. Rhea County fell behind in the game 28-0, but fought back to tie the score 28-28 before losing on a touchdown pass with just 13 seconds remaining. The Eagles were 10-2 in 2013.
Fishers – The Irish have never faced the Tigers in varsity football during the regular season or IHSAA tournament play. Fishers was 7-4 a year ago. Head Coach Rick Wimmer is sixth on the list of most wins among active coaches in Indiana with 234. This is the tenth anniversary season for the school which first played football in 2006, winning the Class 5A state title in 2010.
Brebeuf Jesuit – This will be the first meeting between the Irish and the Braves since 2002. Cathedral is riding a six-game winning streak against Brebeuf and holds a 13-3 lead in the all-time series dating back to 1971. The Braves are coached by former Cathedral assistant Mic Roessler (1999-2012). Brebeuf was 7-4 in 2014 after advancing to the Class 3A title game in 2013.
Center Grove – The Trojans defeated the Irish in 2014 on the way to a 9-and-4 record. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1992. Cathedral leads the all-time series 2-1. Center Grove has advanced to the semi-state round of the IHSAA state tournament four consecutive seasons. Senior Defensive Tackle Jovan Swann already has scholarship offers from seven Big Ten schools.