Cathedral scored three first half touchdowns Friday night and cruised to a 34-13 victory over Bishop Chatard at the University of Indianapolis. It was the first game the Irish played in the state of Indiana this season following losses to highly ranked teams in Kentucly, Michigan, and Ohio.
Less than two minutes into the game, Cathedral sophomore quarterback Roman Purcell threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Daijon Collins. On the next Irish possession, senior running back Markese Stepp scored on a five-yard run to make the score 13-0. Purcell ran 57 yards for a score in the second quarter to give Cathedral a 20-0 halftime lead.
Chatard junior quarterback Mark Nondorf threw touchdown passes on the Trojans’ first two second-half possessions to narrow the margin to 20-13. Cathedral responded when Purcell found Collins on a 31-yard scoring strike late in the third period. Purcell added a 59-yard scoring run early in the final quarter to seal the victory.
Purcell completed eight of 12 passes for 153 yards, while running for an additional 127 yards on eight carries. Collins caught five passes for 135 yards. His two touchdown receptions moved him past A.T. Simpson into third place on the Cathedral career TD reception list with 19. Nondorf completed 13 of his 35 pass attempts for 279 yards.
Cathedral improves its record to 1-3, while Chatard falls to 1-3 overall. The Fighting Irish have now won five straight games in the series and 12 of their last 13 meetings with the Trojans. Cathedral holds a 25-18 advantage all-time in games against Chatard.
The Irish travel to Cincinnati next Friday to play the reigning Ohio division I state champion St. Xavier Bombers. The Bombers are 3-0 this season having outscored opponents by a combined score of 113-38. Last week, USA Today ranked St. X 12th nationally, while Max Preps rated the Bombers 16th in the country. Cathedral has won just once against St. Xavier in 16 games. The Irish have lost their last 14 meetings in the series since a victory in the year 2000.