Football (Boys Varsity)
Cathedral High School
Cathedral Football Earns 775th Win In School History
By Tyler McClure | Sep 25, 2023 8:19 AM
Cathedral defeated Kentucky’s reigning 5A football state champion Frederick Douglass Friday night, 28-19, in Lexington. The Irish never trailed on their way to winning the 775th game in school history, which is the most victories by any Indiana school followed by Evansville Reitz with 732.
Cathedral grabbed the lead on its first drive when Danny O’Neil threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Devaughn Slaughter. Early in the second quarter, the Irish gained possession on a deflected Douglass punt at the Broncos’ 22-yard line. Three plays later, Jalen Bonds scored on a 5-yard run. Douglass trimmed its deficit to 14-10 in the final 3:18 of the first half on Jaxon Strautman’s 31-yard TD pass to Aveion Chenault and Cooper Ranvier’s 34-yard field goal.
Cathedral’s Kyle Braun recovered a muffed kickoff at the Broncos’ 38-yard line to start the second half. O’Neil ran 38 yards on the next play, making the Irish lead 21-10. On the next Douglass possession, Isaiah Rollins intercepted Strautman on the Cathedral two-yard line. Marciano Jenkins tackled Bonds for a safety on the next play. Midway through the quarter, Logan Busson rammed into the end zone from a yard out, narrowing the Irish lead to 21-19.
Early in the fourth period, Cathedral marched 63 yards in seven plays with Bonds scoring on a 7-yard run to make it a two-score game at 28-19. The Irish defense limited Douglass to just 73 yards on offense in the final quarter. Max Finn intercepted a Strautman pass at the Irish 14-yard line with 3:48 remaining to seal the victory.
Bonds rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time in three weeks, gaining 113 yards on 23 attempts. O’Neil completed 15 of 22 passes for 176 yards. Strautman, a sophomore, had the most productive game of his career for Douglass completing 26 of 42 passes for 270 yards. Aiden Hughes led the Cathedral defense with a career-high 10 tackles – three for loss.
With back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Fighting Irish improve their record to 4-2. The Broncos enter their bye week with a 2-3 mark. Cathedral travels to Cincinnati, Ohio this Friday to play La Salle. The Lancers are 4-2 following a 28-20 loss at Archbishop Moeller. However, they are unbeaten at Lancer Stadium this season. The Irish have won all six games against La Salle dating back to their first meeting in 1998.