By: Jason Gandhi and Dylan Stagge
The Class of 2017 will never play another down of football in a Guerin Catholic uniform. The Golden Eagles took a tough loss in the first round of sectionals last night to Tri-West Hendricks with a final score of 35-3. While it did end the team’s journey to state, this season was far from disappointing. Including wins over Brebeuf and Bishop Chatard, the Class of 2017 inspired hope to Guerin Catholic fans all season long.
The Golden Eagles’ defense started off well and quickly forced Tri-West into a three and out situation. Guerin Catholic took over on offense, and a few plays later, Luke Keller’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted, only the third of the year for Keller. That’s when it all went downhill for the Golden Eagles.
Tri-West QB Jake Hill and WR/DE Peyton Hendershot took over the game. Hill finished with 334 passing yards and a TD, and Hendershot, an IU commit, had 14 catches for 187 yards. The “Purple Haze” defense held on for as long as they could, but the dynamic duo of Hill and Hendershot proved too much in the end for the Golden Eagles. The Guerin Catholic offense struggled to sustain drives all night, thanks to constant pressure from Tri-West’s defensive line. Luke Keller felt the pressure all night, finishing with 141 passing yards and 2 INTs. This led to Guerin Catholic relying on the run, and Carter McGinnis finished his football career with 139 all-purpose yards. The Class of 2017 left it all out on the field this year, an unforgettable one for Golden Eagles fans.
Twenty-two seniors. All of them made an impact on this team one way or another. Carter McGinnis and Luke Keller led the team all season long, but could not have done it without the five senior linemen in front. Not to mention, one of the best kickers in the country Caleb Quick. This class left an impact on the team like none other in the past.
Carter McGinnis finished his prolific season with 1,504 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He finished as one of the top backs in the state and has completed his football career, as he will not play college football.
Caleb Quick had an outstanding season, including the 54-yard bomb to upset Brebeuf Jesuit. He remained consistent and effective all season long, going 6/7 on field goals and 31/33 on extra points. He is the #14th ranked kicker in the nation and is looking to continue his football career in college.
Twenty-two seniors is a lot to lose in one season, so the Golden Eagles will need to have some new people step up in 2017. They will need to rely more heavily on Luke Keller and Thomas Kaser, as Carter will be graduating. Head Coach Tom Dilley also needs to find replacements for all five offensive linemen. On the defensive side, the secondary is now depleted with Max Gorsage, Emmett McMahon, Kash Hale, and Sam McDaniel all graduating. There are a lot of holes left when a class that big graduates, but we have great talent waiting in the wings!
While the season did not finish as the Golden Eagles had hoped, the Class of 2017 inspired confidence around the school, and now it is time for the Class of 2018 to step up and follow in their footsteps.