By Travis Miller
Zionsville — Coming into Friday night’s IHSAA Class 5A Sectional 13 semifinal the Zionsville Eagles faced a very tall task.
No. 5 rated Indianapolis Cathedral entered with 19-straight tournament wins and 29 of their last 30 on their way to winning four class 4A state championships in five years before moving up to 5A.
For 46 minutes, the Eagles played them even, despite starting quarterback Joshua Hinkle leaving in the first quarter with a serious injury. But, Cathedral scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 2:03 minutes to earn a hard fought 35-21 victory.
“This is certainly a tough one to go out on,” Zionsville coach Larry McWhorter said, who was coaching his final game for the Eagles after 18 years. “I hate to leave with this. This is a nice bunch of kids and really hard working, but I hate to see it end like this.”
The worst moment of the night, however, involved Hinkle.
With 1:12 left in the first quarter and Zionsville trailing 7-0 Hinkle kept the ball on a read option, but took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit that left him prone on the turf for several minutes. Hinkle had to be removed from the field via ambulance and his status was not known by the end of the game.
See Saturday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.