The freshman Rocks of Westfield took on HCC rival Zionsville in a game that really proved the mettle of the young Rocks. On the shoulders of a defense that allowed zero first downs, the Rocks came away with a 21-0 victory.
The defense held staunch from the start of the game until the final whistle. The Eagles of Zionsville never gained a first down through the ground, the air, or through a penalty. Headlining the defense was the front seven, anchored by defensive tackle Kaden Rounds. For Rounds’s steadfastness in the trenches, he earned player of the game honors, coupled with safety Eli Carter, who had a big interception in the first half. The single most dominant play of the game came when safety Brennan Hacker completely annihilated the opposing ball carrier with a hammer hit.
Offensively, the Rocks kept grinding away with big drives. Their scores came on two Collin Lindsey touchdown passes and a Jalen Herron rush. QB Lindsey earned player of the game recognition for his passing, running, and overall leadership. Herron earned Mr. Consistency honors for the spark and speed he brought to the offense. The big play of the game occurred on the Rocks’ second touchdown of the game — a Lindsey lob to TE Austin Knott while Lindsey was being wrestled to the ground by a Zionsville tackler.
On special teams, Austin Knott shined for his effort on kickoff and as a long snapper. He earns his first player of the game honors with this. Tyler Dikos — a contributor on every single special team — earns Mr. Consistency. For his pressure of a Zionsville punt in their own end zone, linebacker Charlie Dager earns the Big Play Award.
The Rocks will be returning home on Saturday, September 14th, as they take on heated cross-county rival Noblesville. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m.