South Bend St. Joseph's high school is ready to party like it's 1995.
The Indians are returning to the Dome for the first time in 12 years with a 28-10 win over Fort Wayne Concordia in the 3a Semi-State Friday night.
St. Joe went on to win State in '95. It's the school's only state championship in football.
Friday night, the Indians did it for the most part without all-time leading rusher Jordan Taylor. The senior had 12 carries for 59 yards before tweaking his hamstring in the 2nd quarter.
He would not have a carry the rest of the game, and was on the field for just a few plays the remainder of the game.
Down 10-0 at the half, the Indians realized they had to get it done without Taylor, who amassed 550 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns in St. Joe's last two games.
The comeback started in the 3rd quarter when senior Kevin Healy blocked a FW Concordia punt.
St. Joe immediately took advantage. The Indians other running back, junior Dustin White, busted one 23 yards for a touchdown to pull St. Joe within 3 at 10-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cadets sophomore Dan Fitzpatrick returned it to the St. Joe 15.
But Indians senior John Aversa would pickoff a Jake Owens screen pass to prevent a Concordia score.
St. Joe would take advantage again.
The Indians outstanding offensive line gave QB Joey Hecklinski great protection and the junior found a wide open Robert McClintock. The senior WR sprinted 54 yards for the touchdown to put St. Joe up for the first time 14-10.
In the 4th, the Indians would come up with another blocked field goal.
And Hecklinski would again find McClintock, this time a 61-yard reception deep into Cadets' territory.
The drive ended with another McClintock touchdown catch to make it 21-10.
The senior had the best game of his career in the biggest game of his career. He finished the night with 4 receptions for 144 yards and two scores.
Dustin White capped off the 4th quarter with his 2nd touchdown to make it 28-10 with minutes remaining. The junior finished with 100 yards rushing.
As the final seconds ticked off, pandemonium ensued.
Water was dumped on Indians coach Kevin Downey, songs were sung on the sideline. Fans and Parents celebrated in the stands.
Then the game ended and the craziness got crazier.
Players leaped into the stands and shared hugs with fellow students and family members.
It was a celebration the St. Joseph community will never forget.
But one they hope to have again next Saturday.
The Indians will play in the 3A State championship at noon in Indy.
They'll face either Heritage Hills or Indianapolis Chatard. That Semi-State will be played Saturday afternoon.