Times Sports Editor
Championship teams take care of the details and that is exactly what Indianapolis Bishop Chatard did at Northview on Friday night, posting a 37-0 victory in a game that could have been much closer.
A couple of late, special teams mistakes proved very costly in the second quarter as Chatard turned a 10-0 lead into a 23-0 lead thanks to a blocked punt and a 47-yard punt return that each set up short fields and led to scores.
The Trojans had the ball first and drove down the field on the arm of quarterback Max VanVliet, who completed passes of 10, 16 and nine yards to put Chatard at the Knights 11-yard. However, the Knights' defense held fast and forced a 28-yard fieldgoal from Dan Scheidler.
The Knights responded in kind against the defending Class 3A state champions, moving the ball on runs by Jessie Miller and quarterback Damon Hyatt. Northview picked up a first down on an 11-yard haul by Hyatt and Miller added another five-yard carry to set the Knights up at Chatard's 36-yard line. However, the drive would stall as the Trojans halted Hyatt on consecutive carries for no gain and then dropped him for a loss on 4th-and-five.
"The first series, we didn't break, we bend a little bit and hold them to a field goal. Then we're driving down the field, we've got some momentum and we just didn't execute," Northview coach George Gettle said. "Obviously we executed the first four or five plays on that first drive. Things are going well and then we got lazy, we didn't think mentally and those things kinda hurt ya."
The Trojans took advantage as VanVliet hit 6'1 wide receiver, Aaron Hepp for a 25-yard gain on 3rd-and-10, then running back Ryan Kleinschmidt ripped off a 28-yard run to set up a one-yard plunge by VanVliet and a 10-0 lead with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Both teams started the second quarter by forcing punts as Northview's Aaron See sacked VanVliet for a six-yard loss that pinned the Trojans deep.
The punt was hauled in by Hepp at the Knights' 16-yard line and he returned it 57 yards down the sideline to set his team up at the Northview 27-yard line. Three plays later, VanVliet hit Daniel Wagner for a 20-yard scoring throw.
Special teams had a hand in the Trojans next score as well as the Knights had to punt from their own 33-yard line.
The snap sailed high to Kreig Wallen, who had no where to go as the kick was blocked and Chatard was set at the Knights 20-yard line.
VanVliet went to the air once again as he hit Kleinschmidt for a 17-yard gain before finding sophomore tightend Henry Hill for a five-yard score with just 16 seconds left in the half.
Gettle admitted that the final two scores changed the complexion of a tight game.
"In the second quarter, if we don't give up the long punt return or the snap over the head (of the punter), (Chatard) didn't have any time outs, they wouldn't have scored a touchdown. The second quarter killed us."
Chatard added on to its lead with its first drive as Kleinschmidt capped a 41-yard drive with a three-yard run to push the lead to 30-0.
Northview looked to finally have a successful drive going on the next series as Miller dragged a couple of defenders for a 24-yard gain and Hyatt rushed ahead for five more yards on first down to the Trojans' 38-yard line. However, a fumble on the next play was recovered by Chatard to mute the drive.
Chatard would add a late score in the fourth quarter as back-up QB Sam Giudice threw a TD to Hepp.
Afterwards, Gettle pointed out the importance of playing a complete game against a talented squad like the Trojans.
"In the second half we basically only give up a score, they scored late there on us, but overall I thought there was some good things in the game, but we didn't put it together as a complete team. Against a team like this, special teams have to play well, your defense has to play and your offense has to play well. Collectively we just didn't have a complete team effort, which is what you have to have against a team like (Chatard)."
The loss drops the Knights' overall mark to 3-3 overall with a road trip to South Vermillion next Friday while Chatard improves to 5-1 overall.
BC -- Dan Scheidler 28-yard field goal, 8:45
BC -- Max VanVliet one-yard run (Scheidler kick), 1:19
BC -- VanVliet 20-yard pass to Daniel Wagner (Scheidler kick)
BC -- VanVliet five-yard pass to Henry Hill (kick failed), 0:16
BC -- Ryan Kleinschmidt three-yard run (Scheidler kick), 5:32
BC -- Sam Giudice 15-yard pass to Aaron Hepp (Scheidler kick), 1:57
Rushing -- Nv (Hyatt 17-21, Miller 16-57); Chatard (Kleinschmidt 18-83 TD, VanVliet 2-(-5), Wood 1-9, Jackson 8-20, Hartley 1-(-5).
Passing -- Nv (Hyatt 2-2 21 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.). Chatard (VanVliet 10-17 170 yards, 2 TD, 0 Int., Giudice 1-2 15 yards, 1 TD, 0 Int.).
Receiving -- Nv (McKee 1-10, Tracy 1-11); Chatard (Hepp 5-69 TD, Wood 1-6, Wagner 2-68 TD, Kleinschmidt 1-17, Hill 1-5 TD,Fagan 1-10)