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Bishop Dwenger’s Tyler Tippmann avoids a tackle by a Columbus East defender in the fourth quarter of the Class 4A state title game.
Class 4A notebook

Trickery gives Saints boost in second half

Bishop Dwenger went to its bag of tricks in the second half in an effort to rally in the Class 4A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In the end, it wasn’t enough as the Saints lost 28-27 to top-ranked Columbus East on Saturday.

There was a fake punt for a first down, a long pass to Ryan Watercutter from Mike Fiacable after a reverse and a flea flicker and then some fourth-down conversions along the way.

All of it was an attempt by the Saints (11-4) to dig out of a 21-0 first-half deficit to the Olympians (15-0).

“In the first half, we came out and turned the ball over (two key fumbles),” Watercutter said.

“In the second half, we came out playing on emotions, and that helped us out in the second half.”

Another runner-up finish

The Saints have now lost their last five state championship game appearances as they were the 3A runner-up in 1996 and the 4A runner-up in 2002, 2008, 2010 and now 2013.

“It can motivate us for the rest of our lives, and it can help the sophomores and juniors having this experience in getting back to the state championship game next year,” senior quarterback Mike Fiacable said of the team.

Dwenger does have three state titles, in 1983, 1990 and 1991.

Feeling blue in golden year

Bishop Dwenger came up short for a state title as the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The football program has been in existence for 48 years, but the Saints were hoping to use the milestone as motivation and add to the school’s celebration with their first state championship since winning a 3A title in 1991.

“We are very proud of our school and very proud of these young men,” Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said.

First-half struggles

The Saints put themselves into an early 21-0 deficit by turning the ball over on fumbles from Tyler Tippmann and Ryan Cinadr.

The defense also couldn’t get the Olympians off the field as they converted first downs on a third-and-23 and a second-and-27 in the first half.

Olympian wins mental attitude

Columbus East senior Seth Frownfelter won the 4A mental attitude award.

A senior offensive lineman, Frownfelter is a three-year letter winner and is ranked in the top 10 of his graduating class.