On November 28, 2014 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Rensselaer Central Bombers won the Class 2A State Championship in football. It was the first High School championship for Rensselaer in any sport.
You can read the news articles about the records that were broken. You can find the box score elsewhere online to get a look at the stats. I will tell you though, the final was Rensselaer Central 45, Evansville Mater Dei 21.
Rensselaer seemed to be in control the entire game and were never playing from behind. When Evansville scored, they scored quick, but it didn’t rattle the Bombers. The Bombers responded when they needed to and made stops when they had to.
One of the defining moments came in the first quarter on the opening drive of Mater Dei. After Rensselaer scored on their first drive, a TD run by Dylan Wright, Mater Dei had a big pass play where they nearly scored but were chased down by the Bombers and Dylan Wright caught them at the two yard line. Having first and goal, it looked like Mater Dei would quickly score but Rensselaer not only held them but recovered a fumble to maintain their 7-0 lead.
It was an exciting day for Rensselaer who had over 11,000 fans make the 100 mile trip down to Indy.
This was the first appearance in the State Championship game for Rensselaer, though they have had really good teams in the recent past. I believe they have made it all the way to Semi-State and were defeated in three of about the past five or six seasons, not counting this year. Some of the teams they competed against in those games have since been bumped up to Class 3A.
This was a team that deserved it having gone through the season undefeated and finishing a perfect 15-0. Mater Dei had even entered the game undefeated making the Bombers win that much more impressive.
This was a team that had a goal to win the state championship ever since they set foot on the field as 3rd graders in Pop Warner football. It was surely a proud moment for those many parents who invested so much time in practices and games for their boys.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am a big fan of goals. To set a goal, work to reach it and then actually reach it is a great feeling. In the words of Norman Vincent Peale, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Even if Rensselaer had not won the championship game, a Runner-Up finish is still better than any previous finish for Rensselaer football.
I encourage you to set goals. Aim high. Work for it and get it. But don’t become discouraged if you don’t get it and don’t stop “shooting for the moon.”