St. Joe to face dynasty in Chatard

They are as close to a high school football dynasty as there gets.

Since 1997, Indy Chatard has won State 6 times.

That's who the St. Joseph Indians will have to face in the 3A State Championship Saturday at noon at the RCA Dome in Indy.

This will also be the 3rd straight trip to the Dome for the Trojans. Simply put, they are very comfortable there.

The Indians, meanwhile, haven't gone to State since 1995. And then, it was a totally different Dome.

Put the history aside, and Chatard still poses some major threats.

The Trojans defeated Heritage Hills 28-17 in the Semi-State last Saturday.

Like St. Joe, Chatard has an explosive running game. Sophomore sensation Ari Pappas leads the way with more than 1,800 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.

The Indians' running game is now in question. All-time leading rusher Jordan Taylor (2,339 yards, 25 touchdowns) will likely miss Saturday's game due to injury.

Taylor strained his hamstring in the 2nd quarter of last Friday's Semi-State win.

St. Joe's other running back, Dustin White, missed his 2nd straight practice with Strep Throat.

Head Coach Kevin Downey is hoping White will be back practicing on Thursday.


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