JUST A KID FROM INDIANAPOLIS
Written by Luke Sanders
Indianapolis Cathedral and Bishop Chatard have two of the most successful high school football programs in the state of Indiana. Cathedral is the winningest football program in Indiana with 741 total wins. Chatard has won the most state championships in Indiana with 13, and Cathedral has won the second most with 12. When I was a kid, my family and I attended many Cathedral and Bishop Chatard sporting events and we weren’t quite sure which of the two high schools my siblings and I would be attending. Because I went to a Catholic grade school, St. Pius, the arguments with my friends over who was better at football between Cathedral and Bishop Chatard started at a young age. It seemed that every year Cathedral and Chatard would play back-to-back in the state championships at Lucas Oil Stadium, Cathedral being a 4A team, and Chatard playing in 3A. I used to sit in those stands and dream of being on that field one day, wanting to be just like those high school players. They seemed so old, so cool, and were like superheroes to me.
Once my older sister, Olivia, decided that she would be attending Cathedral, I knew that’s where I would be going, too. I quickly became all-in on the Irish and took their side on the Cathedral vs. Chatard argument. I specifically remember a time at the football state championships when I was in middle school and was surrounded by my friends who had older siblings at Chatard. They were all nagging me about Chatard being better at football than Cathedral, and I was becoming annoyed. I remember thinking in my head, “Man, I can’t wait until I get to high school, so I can show them who’s better.”