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Season Review: Football
 on December 01, 2021

This was memorable, impressive and thrilling. And while back-to-back state titles are always special, and while the Cathedral High School 2021 football team will be remembered as one of the best in the history of a historical program, Head Coach Bill Peebles said something else was equally true. This took a season-long effort by all involved. “I didn’t think it was going to be easy – and it wasn’t, for sure,” Peebles said. The Irish, long one of Indiana’s top football programs, turned in one of the most imp...

Fighting Irish Repeat as Football State Champions
BY: Scott Uecker on November 28, 2021

Top-rated Indianapolis Cathedral won the 14th high school football tournament state championship in school history Friday night, defeating Zionsville, 34-14, in the Class 5-A title game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  It’s the second consecutive year that the Fighting Irish downed the Eagles in the finals, winning 46-28 in 2020. Zionsville jumped out to an early lead when Christian Abney connected with Trey Firestone on a 17-yard touchdown pass halfway through the first quarter.  It was the second time this season that Cathedral trailed in a ga...

Cathedral's Koers Receives Football Mental Attitude Award
BY: Scott Uecker on November 28, 2021

Following Cathedral's 14th IHSAA football state championship victory on Friday night, Irish senior offensive lineman Cooper Koers was awarded the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award in Class 5A Football.  Koers becomes the 9th Cathedral player honored with the award.  1973 - Dave Zapp 1991 - Marcus Thorne 1996 - Durriell Brown 1999 - Matt Hasbrook 2006 - Bobby Powers 2010 - Connor Barthel 2011 - Jacob Bailey 2014 - Jared Thomas 2021 - Cooper Koers The football mental attitude award is named for ...

Irish Advance to Football State Finals
BY: Scott Uecker on November 21, 2021

Reigning Class 5-A state champion Indianapolis Cathedral defeated New Albany Friday night, 52-13, at Arsenal Tech’s Howard Longshore Stadium to win its 15th high school football semi-state championship.  The Fighting Irish will now make a state-record 17th finals appearance next Friday at 7:00 pm in a rematch of last season’s championship game against Zionsville. New Albany recovered Cathedral’s opening onside kick attempt at its own 47-yard line.  On the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage, Anthony Kwiatkowski interc...

Fighting Irish Win Football Regional; New Albany Next
BY: Scott Uecker on November 14, 2021

Reigning Class 5-A state champion Indianapolis Cathedral won its 20h high school football regional title Friday night with a 23-7 victory over New Palestine at Arsenal Tech’s Howard Longshore Stadium. The top-rated Fighting Irish, now 12-1 on the season, will host New Albany in the Class 5-A southern semi-state.  Ben Gomez kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal to put Cathedral on the scoreboard with 7:10 remaining in the first quarter.  Late in the opening period, Danny O’Neil connected with Brennan Wooten for a 7-yar...

Irish Win Football Battle of #1 vs. #2; Advance to Regional
BY: Scott Uecker on November 07, 2021

Class 5-A top-ranked Indianapolis Cathedral won its 25th high school football sectional championship Friday night with a hard fought 31-7 road victory over second-rated Decatur Central.  The reigning state champion Fighting Irish will host New Palestine this Friday at Arsenal Tech’s Howard Longshore Stadium in the regional round of the 49th annual IHSAA tournament. Cathedral took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 11 plays, concluding with quarterback Danny O’Neil’s six-yard touchdown run.  The Irish carried the 7-0 ...

Irish Advance to Sectional Football Title Game
BY: Scott Uecker on October 31, 2021

Defending state champion Indianapolis Cathedral advanced in the 49th annual IHSAA football state tournament Friday night with a 54-7 win over Plainfield at the University of Indianapolis.  The victory sets up a sectional title matchup between the top two teams in Class 5-A, the top-rated Fighting Irish and second-ranked Decatur Central next Friday night at Decatur’s Devere Fair Stadium.  Quarterback Danny O’Neil ended Cathedral’s first possession against the Quakers with a 5-yard touchdown run to put the Irish on the s...

Irish Roll to Football Sectional Victory
BY: Scott Uecker on October 24, 2021

Reigning Class 5-A state champion Indianapolis Cathedral opened the 49th annual IHSAA football state tournament Friday night with a 56-0 win over Terre Haute North at Arlington Middle School.  The Irish jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead, triggering the Mercy Rule so that the second half was played under a running clock. After Ben Gomez kicked two field goals in the first five minutes of the game, Danny O’Neil completed a 34-yard scoring pass to Michael Page, which gave the Irish a 13-0 lead halfway through the...

Irish Fall in Battle of Unbeatens
BY: Scott Uecker on October 17, 2021

Nationally-ranked Center Grove handed Indianapolis Cathedral its first loss of the season Friday night, 21-6, at rain-soaked Arlington Middle School in a matchup of the top-rated teams in Indiana’s largest two high school football classes.  The Trojans have now won 23 consecutive games, while the loss was the first for the Irish since falling at Center Grove, 17-13, last season.  Neither team was able to score in the opening quarter, but Cathedral’s Jeff Utzinger blocked a Center Grove punt late in the period to give the Irish gr...

Irish Defeat Braves; Matchup of Unbeaten #1 Teams Next
BY: Scott Uecker on October 10, 2021

Indianapolis Cathedral improved its record to 8-0 in high school football Friday night with a 45-21 victory at Brebeuf Jesuit.  The Class 5-A top-ranked Fighting Irish will host Class 6-A number-one Center Grove next Friday at Arlington.  The nationally-ranked Trojans enter the game with a 22-game winning streak that includes a 17-13 home win against the Fighting Irish last season.  The two reigning state champions are a combined 43-1 since the beginning of the 2020 season. Following a Brebeuf punt, Seth Mencer concluded Cathedral&rsquo...

Cathedral Hosts First Round Football Sectional Game in 5-A Tournament
BY: Scott Uecker on October 10, 2021

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has drawn the pairings for its 49th Annual Football State Tournament.  Cathedral will host Terre Haute North in the first round of post-season play in Class 5-A Sectional 13 on October 22.  Cathedral has a 4-2 all-time record against the Patriots including a 42-20 victory in their last meeting, which came in the 2013 5-A semi-state at Arsenal Tech.  It is the only previous tournament game between the two schools.          Class 5-A S...

Irish Win Matchup of Ranked Teams in Cincinnati
BY: Scott Uecker on October 03, 2021

Indianapolis Cathedral defeated Cincinnati La Salle on the road Friday night, 35-7, in a high school football clash of highly ranked teams.  The Fighting Irish are ranked first in Indiana’s Class 5-A, while the Lancers were rated fifth in Division II, which is the second largest class in Ohio. Danny O’Neil threw three first-half touchdown passes to give the Fighting Irish a 21-0 lead at the intermission.  Michael Page scored on receptions of 22 and 51 yards, while Daniel Hughes caught a 19-yard scoring pass with 1:15 remaini...

Football Honors Anniversary Teams
 on September 27, 2021

At halftime of the Cathedral football game, the Irish honored the state champion and runner-ups anniversary teams. The 1976 and 1991 football teams were honored for their second place finish.

The state champion teams from 1986, 1996, 2006, and 2011 received recognition for their excellence.

Read the full program

Irish Roll to Homecoming Football Win
BY: Scott Uecker on September 26, 2021

Indianapolis Cathedral overwhelmed Hammond Morton in a homecoming high school football game Friday night at Arlington.  The Class 5-A top-rated Fighting Irish scored 37 points in the first 15 minutes on their way to a 51-0 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.  By mutual agreement of the coaches, a running clock began with nine minutes remaining in the first half. Danny O'Neil threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter, connecting with Jaron Tibbs, Michael Page, and Tazz Garrett.  Patrick Kendall recorded...

Irish Win in Columbus; Stay Undefeated in Football
BY: Scott Uecker on September 19, 2021

Class 5-A top-rated Indianapolis Cathedral built a 24-0 first-half lead Friday night in high school football at Columbus North, then played even the rest of the game for a 37-13 victory over the Bull Dogs.  The Irish accumulated 411 yards on offense, including a season-best 250 yards rushing, while the Cathedral defense held Columbus North to just 163 total yards.    Michael Page put the Irish on the board midway through the opening quarter when he took a shovel pass from Danny O’Neil and ran down the visiting sideline 28 yards fo...

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