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Multiple Teams · Irish All-Time Ranks in Football Tourney

Where the Irish rank all-time in IHSAA football state tournament . . .

State Championships
1 Indianapolis Cathedral 12
Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 12
3  Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 11
4  Sheridan 9
5 Indianapolis Roncalli 8
Warren Central 8
Ben Davis 8
8 Carmel 7
9 Lafayette Central Catholic 6
10 Penn 5
State Championship Appearances
1 Indianapolis Cathedral 15
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 15
3 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 13
Carmel 13
5 Hobart 11
Indianapolis Roncalli 11
Sheridan 11
8 Penn 10
Indianapolis Ritter 10
Ben Davis 10
State Championships by a Coach
1 Rick Streiff, Indianapolis Cathedral 10
2 Matt Lindsay, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 9
Bud Wright, Sheridan 9
4 Dick Dullaghan, Carmel/Ben Davis 8
5 Vince Lorenzano, Bishop Chatard 6
Bruce Scifres, Roncalli 6
7 Chris Geesman, Penn 5
IHSAA Tournament Wins
1 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 120
2 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 111
3 Indianapolis Cathedral 110
Carmel 110
5 Penn 106
6 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 97
Jimtown 97
8 Indianapolis Roncalli 96
Ben Davis 96
10 Sheridan 94
Fort Wayne Snider 94
Consecutive Tournament Wins
1 Indianapolis Cathedral (2010-Current) 30
2 Warren Central (2003-07) 26
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (2009-2013) 26
4 Lafayette Central Catholic (2009-2013) 25
5 Indianapolis Roncalli (2002-05) 23
Sheridan (2005-08) 23
7 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (2001-04) 22
Penn (1995-98) 22
9 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (2010-13) 21
10 Ben Davis (1990-1992) 17
Best Tournament Winning % (Min 100 games)
1 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers .851 (120-21)
2 Indianapolis Cathedral   .840 (110-21)
3 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard .828 (111-23)
4 Ben Davis .807 (96-23)
5 Indianapolis Roncalli .787 (96-26)
6 Sheridan .783 (94-26)
7 Carmel .780 (110-31)
8 Warren Central .777 (80-23)
9 Penn .774 (106-31)
10 Jimtown .770 (97-29)

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Multiple Teams · Irish Win Fifth Straight State Title

Indianapolis Cathedral became the first school to win five consecutive Indiana high school football state championships with a 56-7 victory over LaPorte at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night.  The title is the twelfth overall for the Irish which ties Bishop Chatard for the most football state titles in the 42-year history of the Indiana High School Athletic Association tournament.

Cathedral received the opening kickoff, but LaPorte forced an Irish punt after just three offensive plays.  The Slicers gained a first down before punting the ball back to the Cathedral.  Ben Stewart returned the kick 25 yards to the LaPorte 39-yardline.  Six plays later, Max Bortenschlager completed a 27-yard pass to John Preston for a touchdown giving the Irish a 7-0 lead.

Bortenschlager connected with James Schultz on the next possession for a 66-yard touchdown pass.  LaPorte’s Charles Salary broke a 46-yard touchdown run pulling the Slicers within 14-7 late in the first quarter.  However, Malcolm Dotson scored on a 24-yard run just 21 seconds later to cap a three-play, 65-yard drive and make the score 21-7 at the end of the opening quarter.

Evan Christopher scored twice on two-yard runs in the second quarter increasing the lead to 35-7 at the half.  Cathedral started the second half by recovering an onside kick.  One minute later, Bortenschlager threw his third touchdown pass of the game, a 33-yard completion to Caleb Cross.  Stewart returned a punt 57 yards for another third quarter score, before Christopher’s one-yard plunge provided the final margin as neither team scored in the final period.

The Irish defense held LaPorte to just 186 yards of total offense.  Slicer running back Charles Salary gained 123 yards on 21 carries.  It is his second lowest total in yardage this season.  Salary finishes the year with 2,989 rushing yards which is the third most in the state in 2014.

Cross ran 21 times in the game for 108 yards.  It’s his ninth 100-yard rushing performance of the season.  He finishes the year with 1,601 rushing yards and his 34-game career with 2,899 yards and 31 touchdowns.  Christopher has now scored touchdowns in ten consecutive tournament games going back to the sectional round of his sophomore year.

Bortenschlager completed 11 of 16 passes for 195 yards. He concludes the season with 2,270 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.  Evan Whigham caught four passes Saturday giving him 87 career receptions for 1,272 yards.

Cathedral senior offensive lineman Jared Thomas was selected to receive the prestigious Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award for the 5-A championship game.  Thomas is the eighth Cathedral student-athlete to win the award in football going back to 1973.

The Irish finish the season with a record of 9-and-5.  It’s the third consecutive year Cathedral has won a state title after entering the tournament with more losses than wins.  LaPorte finishes the season with an 8-and-6 record.  Prior to 2014, the Slicers had earned just one sectional title and one regional crown, both coming in 2006.

In his 100th tournament game as a head coach, Rick Streiff wins his tenth state championship.  In doing so, he passes Matt Lindsay (Fort Wayne Luers) and Bud Wright (Sheridan) for the most state titles by a coach.  Streiff is now 10-and-1 in championship games and has an amazing 81-10 tournament record (.890) at Cathedral.

Cathedral will enter the 2015 tournament with a state-record 30-game winning streak and the Irish will do so in Class 6-A for the first time.  Cathedral by enrollment is a class 4-A school in football, but moved up to class 5-A two years ago under the IHSAA tournament success factor.  Cathedral’s two state titles give the school eight points toward the next reclassification in 2015-16 which means the Irish will play in the 6-A tournament for at least the next two seasons.

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Multiple Teams · Irish Advance to State Finals with OT Win

Indianapolis Cathedral will make its 15th appearance in the high school football state finals after defeating Bloomington South 27-24 in overtime Friday night to win the Class 5A southern semi-state.  Cathedral’s only lead in the game came when Evan Christopher forced his way into the end zone on a four-yard run in the extra session.

After a scoreless first quarter, Bloomington South scored on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Stancombe to Logan Kirby with 21 seconds left in the half.  The Irish pulled even in the third quarter when Max Bortenschlager completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Cross making the score 7-7.

The Panthers regained the lead on the opening play of the fourth quarter when Stancombe found Kirby again, this time with a 27-yard touchdown pass.  However, the Irish responded with a 10-play, 65 yard drive culminating in a 5-yard touchdown run by Christopher.

South broke the 14-14 tie less than two minutes later on Richard Williams’ 45-yard touchdown run.  The Irish countered with a 10-play, 78-yard drive ending in a one-yard Bortenschalager sneak to make the score 21-21 with 3:21 remaining.  Each team had two more possessions in the final quarter, but neither gained a first down.

Cathedral won the overtime coin toss and chose to start on defense.  The Panthers gained three yards on a rushing play and two incomplete passes before Cameron Bland kicked a 24-yard field goal to temporarily give South a 24-21 lead.  The Irish began their possession with a 6-yard Christopher run followed by his four-yard score for the win.

Cross finished the game with 106 yards rushing on 22 carries.  It’s his eighth performance of 100 yards or better this season.   Borthenschlager completed 18 of 33 passes for 186 yards which puts him over the 2,000 yard passing mark for the season.

The victory extends Cathedral’s record for consecutive Indiana high school football postseason wins to 29.  The Irish now have a 3-2 record in tournament games that have gone into overtime.  The semi-state title is the 13th in school history.

8-5 Cathedral will now play 8-5 LaPorte in the class 5A state title game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, November 29th.  The two schools have never played each other in football during the regular or post seasons.  The Slicers advanced to the finals with a 35-7 victory at Fort Wayne Snider Friday in the northern semi-state.

Before this season, the LaPorte’s only tournament success was winning sectional and regional titles in 2006.  The Slicers are led by senior running back Charles Salary who is third in the state in rushing yardage this season with more than 2,800 yards gained.

Cathedral is seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive state championship and a record tying 12th state title overall.  The Irish have won the championship game each of their last 10 trips to the state finals.

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Multiple Teams · Semistate game to be broadcast on WHMB tonight!

The Cathedral Fighting Irish take on the Blooming South Panthers tonight in Bloomington on the way to the state championship. Kick off is at 7 pm. For those you can’t make the trip, you have two ways to cheer on your Irish tonight:

1. Starting with the 7 pm kickoff, the game will be broadcast live on and via the iHeart Radio app.

2. At 8 pm, the game will be broadcast on WHMB TV as Game of the Week. Game may be viewed:

  • ATT U-verse on Channel 40
  • Comcast on 1009
  • Brighthouse on Channel 1022
  • Dish Network at 40.1.

Halftime feature is sponsored by Cathedral.

Go Irish!

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Multiple Teams · Irish Win Regional; Move to 6A in 2015

Cathedral jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, then cruised to a 48-14 victory over Whiteland at Arsenal Tech High School Friday night to earn a ninth straight regional football title and a semi-state berth.  The win also means Cathedral will move up another class to compete in 6A for the next two seasons due to the IHSAA’s success factor.  Based on enrollment, the Irish would be competing in class 4A, but moved up to 5A in 2013 following state championships the previous two seasons.

After three plays and a punt on its first possession, the Irish put together a 10-play, 68-yard drive which ended with Caleb Cross scoring on a five-yard run.  On the opening play of the second quarter, Max Bortenschlager threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to James Schultz making the score 14-0.  Malcom Dotson added a 63-yard touchdown run on the next possession to put the game out of reach.

Evan Christopher started Cathedral’s scoring in the second half with a 54-yard touchdown run off a fake punt.  Cross scored on another five-yard run in the third quarter before Bortenschlager threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Evan Whigham, a 51-yarder and a 44-yarder.

Christopher led the Irish rushing attack with 123 yards on just seven carries.  It’s his second career 100-yard rushing game.  Cross ran 19 times for 79 yards.  With his two TDs Friday, Cross has now scored a total of 25 touchdowns in his last ten tournament games.  Whigham caught three passes for 109 yards.  It is his fourth career 100-yard receiving game.  Bortenschlager completed 13 of his 19 passes for 277 yards.  The three touchdowns passes are the most he’s thrown in a game this season.

The victory extends Cathedral’s record for consecutive Indiana high school football postseason wins to 28.  The Irish improve their overall record to 7-5 assuring a winning season for the 11th consecutive year.

Cathedral will play at Bloomington South in the class 5A southern semi-state Friday at 7:00 pm for a chance to return to a fifth straight state championship game.  The Conference Indiana champion Panthers are 11-1 on the season.  They are ranked first in the class 5A coaches’ poll and second in the Associated Press media poll.

Cathedral is 4-1 all-time against Bloomington South.  The last time the two schools played in football was 1988.  The Irish defeated the Panthers in their only previous tournament meeting in 1973.  The 32-27 win broke Bloomington South’s 60-game winning streak which is still the longest in Indiana High School history.

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Multiple Teams · Irish Win Record 27th Straight Tournament Game

Cathedral trailed Decatur Central at the end of the first quarter Friday night 6-0, but the Fighting Irish scored on the first play of the second quarter to take the lead and then rolled to a 59-14 Class 5A sectional championship win over the Hawks at Arsenal Tech.  The victory was Cathedral’s 27th straight in tournament play breaking the previous record for consecutive Indiana high school football postseason wins of 26 held by Warren Central and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

Caleb Cross led the Irish offense with 189 rushing yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns, one of which was an 80-yard run.  In doing so, Cross has now gained more than 2,500 rushing yards for his career.  Evan Christopher ran for 88 yards on eight carries and scored two more touchdowns, while Malcolm Dotson rushed three times for 83 yards.  As a team, Cathedral ran for season-high 376 yards, while the Irish defense stymied Decatur Central’s rushing efforts as the Hawks tallied minus three yards on 35 running plays.

Max Bortenschlager threw only nine passes, but completed four of them, two for touchdowns of 28 yards to John Preston and 24 yards to Dotson.  Hawks quarterback Tommy Stevens completed 27 of his 45 passes for 341 yards and a touchdown.  Stevens entered the game having thrown only three interceptions all season, but the Irish defense picked off three of his passes Friday night.  Kendall Coleman returned one of them 49-yards for a touchdown.  Cathedral also sacked Stevens ten times.

The sectional championship was Cathedral’s ninth straight and the 19th overall in school history.  The Irish improved their record to 6-5 this season.  Next Friday at Arsenal Tech, Cathedral will play Whiteland for a ninth straight regional title.  The 8-3 Warriors captured the Class 5A Sectional 14 title Friday with a 42-13 home victory against Floyd Central.  The Irish defeated the Warriors in the regional round a year ago 56-28 at Whiteland.

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Multiple Teams · Irish Blow Past Anderson to Reach Sectional Final

On a cold and snowy Halloween night, Cathedral scored five touchdowns in the first quarter on its way to a 70-0 victory over Anderson at Lawrence North in the semi-final round of the 42nd annual IHSAA football state tournament.  The Irish led 56-0 at halftime.  By mutual agreement of the teams and officials, the second half was played with a running clock.

Caleb Cross carried the ball just seven times for 82 yards, but scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter on runs of 13, 30, and eight yards.  Evan Christopher led the Cathedral ground game, which totaled 302 yards, with 98 yards on 13 carries including a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  Tony Johnson and David Salvas also ran for Irish touchdowns.

Quarterback Max Bortenschlager threw only three passes, but completed two of them for touchdowns, a 34-yarder to James Schultz and a 28-yard toss to Luke Sanders.  Schultz has now caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games.

As potent as the Cathedral offense was, the Irish defense was equally dominant scoring two touchdowns of its own.  Connor Mullin returned an interception 20 yards for a score in the first quarter, while Dorian Hayes recovered a third-quarter fumble in the end zone for another six points.  Anderson finished the game with negative 33 yards on offense.  The Indians managed just two first downs in the game, both of which came on Irish penalties.

Cathedral has now won a state-record tying 26 consecutive tournament games.  The record is shared by Warren Central (2003-2007) and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (2009-2013).  The Fighting Irish also improved its streak of consecutive sectional wins (dating back to 2006) to 26.

Cathedral improves its overall record to 5-5, while Anderson finishes the season 2-8.  The Irish will face Decatur Central next Friday at Arsenal Tech in the Class 5A Sectional 13 championship game.  The 8-2 Hawks came from behind in the final minute of their sectional semifinal home game Friday night to defeat Zionsville 24-20.  The Irish defeated Decatur Central 54-26 in last year’s sectional in the only previous meeting between the two schools.  Cathedral is 9-0 all-time in tournament games played at Arsenal Tech’s Howard Longshore Stadium.

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Multiple Teams · Boys Lacrosse Varsity Tryouts Nov. 10-12

The Cathedral High School Lacrosse program will have varsity tryouts from November 10th through November 12th at Cathedral High School from 8-9:30 p.m.  This will be a rolling tryout, with cuts occurring on a nightly basis.  All interested players at every grade level are to attend every evening session.  Only those players who believe they have a legitimate opportunity to play at the varsity level should attend.  The program will also field a JV and a Freshman team.  Players are to wear a Cathedral (or neutral) reversible and Cathedral lacrosse (or just Cathedral) shorts.  More information will be provided at the first tryout.

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Multiple Teams · Irish Advance in Football Tournament

Cathedral scored five touchdowns in the first quarter Friday night en route to a 49-13 victory at Richmond in the opening round of the 42nd annual IHSAA football state tournament.  The Fighting Irish have now won 25 consecutive sectional games dating back to 2006.

On Cathedral’s opening offensive play, Caleb Cross ran 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Irish a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.  Cross scored on runs of five and 49 yards before the end of the quarter.  Also in the first quarter, Max Bortenschlager threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Evan Christopher and Christopher scored again on an 18-yard run as Cathedral took a 35-0 lead over the Red Devils.

In the second quarter, Bortenschlager threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to James Schultz and Ben Stewart returned a punt 45 yards for another score making the halftime lead 49-0.  Bortenschlager completed 6 of 8 passes on the night for 157 yards.  Christopher caught three of the passes for 117 yards.  Cross carried the ball six times for 161 yards.  In doing so, he eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the second consecutive season.

Cathedral has won 25 consecutive tournament games which ties Lafayette Central Catholic for the second longest tourney win streak.  Warren Central and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers hold the record with 26 straight tourney wins.

Cathedral improves its record to 4-and-5 overall, while the Red Devils exit the tournament with a 5-and-5 season mark.  Cathedral hosts 2-and-7 Anderson next Friday at Lawrence North in a Class 5A Sectional 13 semifinal game.  The Irish defeated the Indians 56-13 in a sectional championship meeting last season.  The Cathedral-Anderson winner will face either Decatur Central (7-2) or Zionsville (3-6) in the sectional championship round.  The Hawks host the Eagles in the other sectional semifinal game next Friday.

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Multiple Teams · Irish Can’t Overcome Slow Start

Center Grove jumped out a 19-0 lead in the first quarter at home Friday night against Cathedral, then held on for a 44-38 high school football victory as the two teams combined for nearly 1,100 yards of total offense.  The Irish mounted a furious comeback, briefly taking a lead in the third quarter.  However, Max Bortenschalger’s third-down pass into the end zone with two minutes to play was intercepted ending the Irish rally.

Cathedral fell behind on the first play of the game when Center Grove’s Max Norris ran around the left end and down the sideline 80 yards for a touchdown.  Nate Snyder’s point after kick bounced off the left upright for the first of his four missed PAT kicks in the game.   Titus McCoy’s 11-yard TD run and Joey Siderwicz’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Norris gave the Trojans a 19-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

The Irish defense put Cathedral on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Steven Salvas recovered a fumble and scampered 15 yards for a touchdown to close the deficit to 19-6.  Four plays later, the defense recovered another Center Grove fumble, this time at the Irish 39-yard line.  Cathedral converted the turnover into a touchdown when Caleb Cross fumbled on the goal line and Evan Whigham recovered it in the end zone to make then score 19-13.

After McCoy ran 58 yards for his second touchdown of the night, Cathedral responded with a 12-play, 60-yard drive which ended when Bortenschlager sneaked into the end zone from the one-yard line with just one second left in the half making the score 25-20 at the intermission.

The Irish started the second half with a 77-yard, 14-play, five-minute drive that culminated in Bortenschlager’s six-yard touchdown pass to James Schultz.  A successful two-point conversion pass to Malcolm Dotson put Cathedral ahead 28-25.  Two plays later, Norris ran 75-yards for a touchdown to give Center Grove the lead for good.

Cathedral closed the gap to 37-35 on Bortenschlager’s nine-yard scoring pass to Dan Dolan.  On the next play of the game, Norris again increased the Trojans’ margin with an 80-yard touchdown gallop.  Vincent Alerding’s 35-yard field goal provided the final 44-38 score.

Bortenschlager completed 30 of 46 passes for 291 yards.  Cross had his third consecutive 100-yard rushing effort, gaining 153 yards on 25 carries.  Whigham caught nine passes for 102 yards.  In doing so, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career.

Center Grove rolled up 600 yards of total offense.  The Cathedral defense had not allowed a 100-yard rushing performance this season until Friday night.  McCoy finished with 118 yards on nine carries, while Norris finished the game with 274 yards on 19 carries. The Irish forced four fumbles and recovered three of them, all of which lead to points.

Cathedral finishes the regular season 3-and-5 overall, while the Trojans improve to 6-and-3 with their fifth consecutive win.  Cathedral opens the 42nd annual IHSAA football state tournament next Friday night in Class 5A sectional 13 at Richmond against the 5-and-4 Red Devils.  Cathedral enters the tourney with a 24-game tournament win streak, the fourth longest in Indiana history.  The Irish have not lost a sectional game since 2005.