The Football team (6-5) faced the Class 1A #1 ranked Lutheran HS (11-0) in the IHSAA Sectional #46 semifinal on Saturday afternoon at LHSI. The Saints put the Warriors in an early hole, and despite a great effort, CCHS could not totally recover and fell to the Saints, 28-15.
LHSI took advantage of an early break, as they converted a Covenant fumble on the second play of their first possession of the game into the game’s first score. After CCHS gave the Saints the ball on the CCHS 25, LHSI drove down and punched in a 2-yard touchdown run by Senior Marcus McFadden to give Lutheran a 7-0 lead with 8:02 remaining in the first quarter. After a 3 and out second possession, a Warrior punt gave the Saints their second possession at their own 44 yard line. McFadden took the first play of that possession 56 yards for his second touchdown of the game in the first six minutes.
Covenant changed the momentum of the game on the Saints next possession, intercepting Lutheran quarterback Junior Blake White. Junior Gage Coffey sliced in front of a potential touchdown pass in the end zone and returned it 101 yards for the Warriors first score. The score stayed 14-7 until late in the first half, when McFadden pounded in his third TD of the day, this one a 2-yard run on the Saints first possession of the second half.
Much of the remainder of the game was a defensive battle, until Covenant found the end zone for the second time, as Junior quarterback Austin Frazier hit Junior Alex Coleman on a 29 yard fade route. Frazier hit Coleman again on a quick slant route on the 2-point conversion to make the score 28-15.
Frazier led the CCHS offense against a stout Saints defense, going 18-for-34 through the air for 175 yards with a touchdown. Coffey and Junior Trey Flatt balanced the ground game, as Coffey ran the ball 8 times for 24 yards and Flatt rushed three times for 21 yards. Lutheran racked up 460 yards of offense, but three Covenant interceptions in the red zone kept the Warriors in the game. Coffey had two interceptions, while Junior Bryan Lomax picked up the other. Lomax caught 8 passes for 57 yards offensively, while Coleman pulled in two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. Coffey caught three passes for 37 yards.
White went 16-for-32 for 163 yards with three interceptions in the Saints passing game, while McFadden picked up 214 of the Saints’ 297 rushing yards and three of their four touchdowns.
The Saints will move on to face Park Tudor (3-7) in the Sectional #46 final on Friday night. The Panthers hung on to hold off the Orioles of Indiana School for the Deaf 13-12 in their semifinal matchup. The Sectional #46 champion will advance to face the champion from Sectional #45 (#5 North Vermillion or #6 Parke Heritage) in the regional. 2019 IHSAA Class 1A Football State Tournament bracket.