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Guerin Catholic Rolls into Big Friday Night Showdown

No. 6 Golden Eagles face No. 7 Chatard on FM 107.5 and 1070 The Fan

Class 3A No. 6 Guerin Catholic has excelled in all phases during the first 5-0 start in program history, but coach Tom Dilley knows it's been a fairly easy ride compared to what the team will see Friday night with No. 7 Chatard.

“We know we’ve played some teams with some challenges, but we can only do what we do, and the guys have played well,” Dilley said. “Obviously we have a big challenge this week. We’ll find out a little bit more.”

Guerin’s wins have come against teams with a combined 5-20 record. While Chatard comes in at 2-3, the Trojans have losses to three ranked teams in bigger classes.

Regardless of the competition, Guerin has excelled in all phases, including an offense that averages 35.6 points per game.

Thomas Kaser, who played slot receiver a year ago, is having one of the more impressive all-around seasons in the Indy metro. At tailback, Kaser has 713 yards at 8.7 per carry and five touchdowns, and 53 receiving yards and a score. Along with 272 return yards on special teams, he’s 17-of-18 on extra points and 2-of-3 on field goals at kicker.

“We knew he could play, but stepping into the tailback role full-time, he’s really impressed us with his ability to carry the load, block and catch,” Dilley said. “Kicking was thrown on his plate late, and he had to step in there, and he’s done a great job. That says a lot about the kid. He doesn’t rattle at all.”

Kaser’s done his work behind five new starters on the O-line, led by center Reece Davies and guard Nico Albert, as has quarterback Luke Keller, Dilley’s first returning starter at the position in his four years at Guerin.

“That’s always nice from a leadership, maturity and decision-making standpoint,” Dilley said. “Luke’s always been a solid pocket passer and has run the ball a little more this year. We’re certainly glad to have him.”

The defense has yielded just 10.6 points per game, led by linebackers Charlie Bock (team-high 53 tackles, 5 for loss), Jake Labus (29 tackles) and Logan Weaver (13 tackles per game), who returned last week after a Week 1 injury. Sam Ashton provides a push up front, while safety Dylan Crossen patrols the secondary.

“They’ve been rock-solid and getting better,” Dilley said.

While Chatard won the first five games in the series, all by lopsided scores, Guerin has taken the last two.

“We have a lot of respect for their program,” Dilley said. “What’s happened in the past won’t matter on Friday.”

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