A season to remember for St. Joe

The season began with 3 straight wins--the biggest in week two over arch-rival Marian.

Then came two straight losses---a heartbreaker to Elkhart Central, followed by a manhandling at the hands of Penn.

But the Indians persevered. They rattled off 4 straight wins heading into the post-season.

Sectionals were a breeze. Jordan Taylor set a school record with 315 yards in the finals over Northwood.

A week later was Regionals and Taylor amassed 275 yards in a win over Andrean.

The Indians had reached Semi-State.

They were down against Fort Wayne Concordia when Taylor got hurt with minutes left in the 2nd quarter.

St. Joe didn’t fall apart. They pulled together. They battled back to win.

The celebration was on. South Bend St. Joseph was headed to State for the first time since winning it all in 1995.

"It's a dream come true," junior Dustin White said immediately following the Semi-State win with classmates chanting his name in the background.

"Words can't explain the feeling right now. This right here is a dream come true. I love this. It's awesome."

The week leading up to State was full of more adversity. Taylor was unable to practice. Junior RB Dustin White came down with strep throat.

By Thursday, White returned while Taylor’s status was still a mystery.

At 7am Friday morning, a see of classmates, teachers and parents gathered at the school to send their team off.

The Indians would practice in the RCA Dome—home of the Indianapolis Colts later that morning.

And finally, on Saturday, State had arrived.

St. Joe to face 8-time champion Indy Chatard, a program looking to win State for the 7th time in 11 years.

The excitement remained high. The Indians were right in the game through the first quarter.

But by the end of the half, excitement turned to sadness. An interception returned for a touchdown for Chatard put the Indians in a 21-0 hole.

St. Joe never gave up but in the end, Chatard took State 31-7.

And so their season and many of their careers ended in a loss.

Yet, there was so much to be proud of.

"There were a lot of times in the playoffs that we were down, like last week," senior running back Jordan Taylor said.

"We had to dig down deep inside and do whatever it would take to get back and we did. It showed how much heart we had."

"I love every one of them," Mental Attitude Award winner Mitchell Speer.

"I love them more than a brother. It's been nothing but support from each and every one of them for everyone else. We're just a really classy group of guys and I love them to death."

It’s a season South Bend St. Joe will never forget.


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