Last night, your Rocks hosted the Homestead Spartans, earning a 42-9 victory and securing Regional 2. The victory marks the first ever Regional Championship in the 6A bracket for Westfield.
The Rocks received the ball to start the game, and the offense promptly got to work. Carson Voorhis came out of the blocks hot with a series of strong runs, punctuated by a Maximus Webster punch-in (Sullivan PAT). The Rock D held the Spartans to a field goal on the subsequent drive, returning the ball to the offense with a chance to extend the early lead. Webster took advantage, finding Mason Piening for a big pass to threaten a score. Unfortunately, the offense stalled and missed a field goal, keeping the score at 7-3 Rocks to end the first.
The Spartans led off the second with a deep strike to take the lead at 9-7. Westfield responded with a nifty pass of their own when Webster found Nic Depasquale for a touchdown (Sullivan PAT). Benji Welch then provided a spark for the Rock D when he came up with an interception on the next Spartan possession. The Shamrock offense capitalized on the turnover when Webster hooked up with Reid Schepers for six (Sullivan PAT). The Rock D then forced a quick punt on the following possession, and the O went back to work, putting together a solid drive that ended with Webster muscling it in from the 3 (Sullivan PAT). The Spartans tried to get back on track and squeeze one in with under two minutes remaining in the half, but they were stopped short when Bryson Hoover recovered a fumble for the Rocks. Westfield would take a knee to go in with a 28-9 advantage at the half.
Homestead got the ball to start the third quarter, but the Rock D forced a 3-and-out. Webster then found Schepers for their second touchdown of the night to extend the lead (Sullivan PAT). The Spartans sputtered again on their next possession, then started to see double when the Shamrock offense engineered a similar ensuing drive. It ended in a near mirror of the previous one, with Webster finding Schepers for their third TD of the night (Sullivan PAT). Welch added to the mirroring when he came up with his second pick on the next possession. That left it at 42-9 Rocks headed to the fourth.
Both teams exchanged possessions a couple times in the fourth as the Rocks salted it away. The Rock D came up with a nice hold through four downs to take back over with 2 minutes remaining. The Shamrock offense then snagged a first down and took a knee to secure the victory, sealing the 42-9 Rocks final.
Special shout out to our scouts of the week: Samuel Toney, Jack Woodard, Tyler Dikos, Sean Tallman, Eric Jimenez, Jackson Anderson. They really showed resolve during practice, helping to prepare the team for Friday’s contest.
The Rocks will travel to Merrillville next Friday to face the Pirates for the Semi-State contest. Kickoff will likely be delayed due to travel and is currently TBD.