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Cathedral dominates Zionsville, repeats as 5A state champion

by | Nov 27, 2021 | Football Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

Jaron Tibbs caught 10 passes for 210 yards and scored two touchdowns as Indianapolis Cathedral continued its dominating ways with a 34-14 win over Zionsville in the Class 5A title game.

It’s the second straight year the Irish of coach Bill Peebles have beaten Zionsville in the championship game — as the contest marked the first rematch in Class 5A history. Cathedral thus claimed its 14th state championship, which is second-most in IHSAA history to Chatard’s 15. The win also marks Cathedral’s 13th-straight victory in a state championship game.

Zionsville (9-6) opened the scoring on its second possession. The Eagles drove 56 yards in four plays, while taking advantage of two Cathedral penalties to go ahead 7-0 on a Christian Abney 17-yard pass to Trey Firestone.

Cathedral responded immediately, scoring on a 7-yard pass to Tibbs from quarterback Daniel O’Neil. The Irish took the lead for good with the only score in quarter two, a 7-yard touchdown run by Seth Mencer.

The Irish built a 24-7 lead through three quarters before Firestone caught another TD pass from Abney to pull the Eagles of coach Scott Turnquist within 24-14. Cathedral, however, came right back again and put the game away on Tibbs’ second score – a 10-yard pass from O’Neil.

All told, Cathedral ran up 467 yards in offense, with 355 coming in the air. The Irish finish 14-1 to follow-up a 13-1 championship campaign in 2020. Both losses were to 6A finalist Center Grove.

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Cathedral’s Cooper Koers earns the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award

During the awards ceremony, Cooper Koers of Cathedral High School was announced by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the recipient of the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award in Class 5A Football.

The award is annually presented to a senior who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during his four years of high school.

Cooper is a member of the National Honor Society, has made high honor roll every semester, and will graduate with academic honors.

Besides football, he has participated in track and field, lacrosse, Math League and also works as a youth social worker at the Indianapolis Catholic Crisis Center.

He is the son of Jim and Christine Koers of Indianapolis and will attend Princeton University beginning next fall where he will play football for the Tigers while studying Medicine.

The award is named in honor of Commissioner Phil N. Eskew, who served as the IHSAA’s third commissioner from 1962-76. Under his leadership, the IHSAA football state tournament was initiated in 1973.

The Indianapolis Colts, a corporate partner of the IHSAA, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Cathedral High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Cooper Koers.