Andrean completes 15-0 season topping Brebeuf Jesuit in 3A
The Andrean Fighting 59ers took home their second state football championship -- and first as an undefeated squad -- but the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves made it a difficult task for the winners.
Andrean collected the Class 3A title with a stirring and hard-fought 35-27 victory over Brebeuf. On the final play of the game, Brebeuf Jesuit quarterback Aaron Banks' pass into the end zone was barely out of reach of receiver Chandler Grau.
A number of Class 3A championship game records were set, including most combined yards for the teams (815) and Brebeuf's passing yards (349).
Big plays on offense and defense alike highlighted the game. Andrean charged to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, using some hard running by Trevor Berg and nice passing by Matt DeSomer.
Brebeuf Jesuit came back for a pair of touchdowns before halftime. An 81-yard pass completion, Jack Roberts to Grau, set up the first score. It marked the longest play from scrimmage in Class 3A title game history. A pass interception by Grant Prather set up another Braves TD in the second quarter.
After Andrean held a 28-14 lead at the break, the explosive performances continued in the second half -- largely from Brebeuf Jesuit. Banks scored on a six-yard run and passed 34 yards for another TD to speedy running back LeVante Bellamy.
Brebeuf Jesuit, trailing 28-27 in the final two minutes, moved the ball to its own 36-yard line. However, that's where the Braves' push ended. Andrean's Donovan Chandler intercepted a Banks pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown.
For Andrean, Berg rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns. DeSomer passed for 137 yards on 11-of-19. Jamie Johnson had 69 receiving yards, including a touchdown.
Brebeuf Jesuit's Grau caught eight passes for 168 yards, which was a Class 3A title game record. Bellamy rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries. Banks completed 21-of-42 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a pair of scores.
Coach Phil Mason's 59ers, ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and state coaches polls, finished 15-0. Coach Mic Roessler's Braves, ranked seventh by both the state coaches and Associated Press, completed their season 11-4 after winning the school's first sectional title three weeks ago.