Brebeuf Jesuit vs. Gibson Southern was set to feature two of the best quarterbacks in Indiana fighting it out for a state championship: Brady Allen for Gibson Southern and Nolan Buckman for Brebeuf Jesuit. No disappointment there as the game we witnessed completely center around the two young stars.
The game started quickly as Nolan Buckman found wide receiver Max Walters for a 30-yard touchdown. Brady Allen and Gibson Southern answered soon after when Allen found Rory Heltsley. Nolan Buckman found Max Walters again for a 65-yard touchdown putting Brebeuf up by 7. Brebeuf Jesuits defensive lineman Joe Strickland added to the score when sacking Brady Allen for a safety. The Braves continued to stack on points after Ryan Kersteff kicked a 26-yard field goal. Anthony Annee picked off Brady Allen in what was a rare occurrence for the Purdue QB commit this season.
Nolan Buckman connects to Max Walters on an 11-yard pass early in the second quarter for their third touchdown of the contest. Gibson Southern managed to pick up a quick score as Andrean Lukeman punched the ball at the 2-yard line to make the score 26-14 in Brebeuf’s favor.
The scoring continued coming as Tanner Boyd kicked a 38-yard field goal to expand the Braves lead to 15. A pair of interceptions, first by the Braves Ryan Joyce, then by the Titans Peyton Rogers put the ball back into Gibson Southerns possession. A quick-release by Brady Allen to Rory Heltsley inside the 10 for a touchdown made it a one-possession game.
Nolan Buckman threw a costly pass to Gibson Southerns Noah Bryant giving Brady Allen the time he needed to eventually find Rory Heltsley in the back of the end zone with just 6 seconds left in the half. The Titans kick the extra point instead of opting for two points putting them down 1 at the half.
Gibson Southern brought the ball down the length of the field to start the second half. On 4th and goal at the 23 yard line, Brady Allen striked Kaden Hurless to put Gibson Southern up for the first time. The Titans began to pull away as Brady Allen delivered another touchdown pass. Brayden Malone was on the receiving end of the 11-yard strike putting Gibson Southern up 42-29. Following a field goal from Chris Spear for the Titans, Nolan Buckman found Rob Tuttle who reached across the end zone to make it a 10 point game.
After a wild interception by Brebeuf’s Devin Mcllwain, a turnover on downs for the Braves, and a turnover on downs for the Titans, Brebeuf had one more opportunity to stay in the game. The effort was in vain as Noah Bryant came up with his second interception to seal the game up for Gibson Southern. After a first down and a couple of kneels, Gibson Southern became the new 3A State Champions defeating Brebeuf Jesuit 45-35!