After a statement win over rival Zionsville, the freshman Rocks of Westfield partook in their second major rivalry game of the season, taking on the cross-county Noblesville Millers on the road. The Rocks earned another victory, winning the game by a score of 35-14.
Andrew Lieske set the Rocks up with good field position on his first kickoff return of the day. With this advantage, the Rocks scored on their first drive as quarterback Jackson Gilbert connected with Brayden Hibler on a deep pass, on which the shifty wide receiver scored. Kicker Porter Rode kicked the ball through the uprights to give the Rocks a 7-0 score. The Millers then took possession of the ball. Employing a run heavy offense, the Millers felt the force of the Rock front, as linebackers Trent Decrane and Max Davis consistently snuffed out the offense’s runs and stopped the Noblesville drive. The Rock offense went back to work, finding their way into the end zone after wide receiver Andrew Lieske made a jaw-dropping, one-handed leaping catch on the four yard line. Two plays later, Gilbert called his own number, rushing into the end zone on the quarterback wedge.
In the second quarter, the Millers took back possession of the ball and ran down the field until met by strong safety Tyler Brown and the rest of the Rock D, who forced a takeaway, giving the offense another opportunity to score. This time, the offense found their way into the end zone with an aerial attack as Gilbert booted outside and found TE Max Nosler alone in the end zone. The Rocks went into the half leading 14-7.
The Millers started with the football as the third quarter commenced. Charged with creating a takeaway, the Rock defense rose to the occasion. Defensive back Brock Stewart ranged for an errant pass thrown while defensive end Coleton Vondersaar pressured the Miller quarterback. He came down uncontested for the football, and the Rock offense returned to the field. Behind the charge of tackles William Goodvine and Ryan Barker, the offensive backfield rushed down the field. Once again, quarterback Gilbert ran the ball in, earning the Rocks a 28-7 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Rocks scored once again. This time, running back Casey Graybill barrelled into the end zone, lowering his shoulder for a physical score.
The Rocks return home to Riverview Health Stadium on Saturday, September 19th, to take on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. Go Rocks!