Sunday, September 23, 2018

#RockReport Varsity at Brownsburg

On Friday, your Rocks traveled to Brownsburg and faced the Bulldogs, losing in heart-breaking fashion, 28-30. The Bulldogs started the scoring early, but the Shamrock offense answered quickly. The Rock D got in on the scoring with a pick-six in the first half, and the Rocks led 21-16 at the break. A single Bulldog score in the third put Brownsburg on top headed to the fourth. The two teams traded scores, and then the Rock D held on a crucial four-down set to give the offense a chance. The Shamrock offense marched down the field all the way to the one yard line before the Bulldog defense was able to stiffen and hold. With time winding down, the Rocks attempted the field goal that would have given them the lead and put the Bulldog offense in the hot seat. The kick, however, was ruled to have missed and the Bulldogs were able to kneel out the clock after taking over possession.

Special mention should be given to Christiaan Huisden, Mason Piening, and Brady Kelly. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. During the week, they brought it Now, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

The Rocks come home next Friday to face the Orioles of Avon. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

Friday, September 21, 2018

#Gameday Varsity at Brownsburg

Tonight, your Rocks will travel to the west side of the Indianapolis Metro area in order to face the Bulldogs of Brownsburg. So far, the Bulldogs have compiled an impressive 5-0 record (3-0 HCC) defeating Fishers last week 27-20. They have also beaten Bloomington South, Cathedral, Franklin Central, and Avon.

The Bulldogs average 33 ppg on 379 ypg (226 ground, 153 air). They are led by the potent one-two punch of Junior RB Donny Marcus (#20) and Senior WR Bryce Kirtz (#17). Marcus is averaging 163 rushing yards per game, and has notched 6 touchdowns so far this year. Kirtz has added an additional 70 yards receiving per game to go along with 5 touchdowns. The two have combined for 1,428 all-purpose yards on the season. The Rocks will need to clamp down on the offensive threat while carrying over their own offensive momentum from last week's victory.

A bit of a drive required for this one, with country or city options. Either way, we've got you covered with directions. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

#RockReport Freshmen vs HSE

The freshman Rocks of Westfield defeated the Royals from Hamilton Southeastern by a score of 40-19. This was a great team effort, with many contributors from all sides of the ball. Standout players included the running backs for the offense – Levi Harless and Bryson Hoover – whose aggressive running paved the offense’s way to the end zone on multiple occasions. Mr. Consistency on the offense went to the TE Luke Lewis, as he combined great blocking skills in the run game along with clutch receptions in the passing game. The big play of the game was the Webster toss to Amarion Ballard for a 60 yard touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter. The defense combined its efforts to produce four takeaways. Safety Alex Wolf accounted for two of those takeaways on clutch interceptions. Mr. Consistency Zach Williams was a force on the defensive line, tackling the running back for a loss or pressuring the quarterback on nearly every play he was in. Along with multiple tackles and player of the game honors on defense, Magwire Graybill earned a nod as special teams player of the game. He accounted for two scores – one on a blocked punt, and one on a defensive takeaway. The kicker Easton Snodgrass received Mr. Consistency for his wonderful placement of kickoffs, and the big play was Kyle Widmer’s blocked PAT after HSE’s first score. The Rocks will play Brownsburg at Brownsburg on Saturday, September 22nd . Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. Go Rocks!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#RockReport JV @ HSE

The Westfield Junior Varsity football team played their fifth game of the season on Saturday September 15th at the home of the Royals of Hamilton Southeastern. The JV Rocks were able to improve their season record to 5-0 with a 48-26 victory over their out matched opponent.

The JV Rocks defense started the day with a few quick 3 and outs. The defense experienced some difficulty getting off the field on 4th down, giving up 2 scores in 4th down situations, but for the majority of the day sophomore linebacker Kyle Byers lead the team and sophomore defensive end Ayden Hartman added consistent effort for the team. Sophomore cornerback Christiaan Huisden added a much needed interception for the Rocks to help the team increase their lead. The Rocks special teams also added a blocked punt to the turnover trend. Sophomores Sean Sullivan and Joey Wolfe were excellent on special teams all day. Sophomore Seth Martin showed great effort in recovering an onside kick to keep the ball out of the hands of the Royals at the end of the game and ensure a Rocks victory.

The Rocks offense was explosive again thanks to the broken tackles and huge plays made by sophomore wide receiver Mason Piening. The offensive line was very stout and consistently opening holes for hard running junior running back Trevor Lickfeldt. Sophomore tight end Reid Scheppers gave the Rocks offense life on multiple occasions converting huge plays on a bootleg pass and passes over the middle. This is the second 40+ point game for sophomore quarterback Nick Talley and the rest of the JV Rocks offense.

The JV Rocks football team will look to keep their momentum going when they play Brownsburg High School on Saturday September 22nd at 10 a.m. The game will be at home this week.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

#RockReport HSE

Last night, your Rocks hosted the Hamilton Southeastern Royals, earning a 34-27 victory. The Rocks jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, but the Royals hung in there and tied things up by halftime. The Rocks took back the lead by a field goal in the third, extended it early in the fourth, but again the Royals stuck with it, putting up a field goal and recovering an onside kick before time ran out on the comeback effort.

Offensively, the Shamrocks had a stellar game, putting up 27 points against a solid Royal defense. Cam Simons turned in an excellent performance, finding Dane Wheeler 9 times in the passing game. Simons ended up with 229 yards to his name, 109 of those to Wheeler. The Shamrock offensive line made a huge impact on the game as well, both with their protection of the quarterback, and forming the backbone of several punishing drives in the second half that featured the ground attack heavily. One of those hard-nosed drives ended with Eli Patchett plowing over defenders to reach the end zone for a score that would end up being the difference in the game. WR Pat Beam also provided a key highlight earlier in the game when he hauled in a long strike from Simons for a touchdown.

The Rock D struggled to stop the Royal running attack early, but was able to make good on key plays that helped turn the tide of the game. The first was a fantastic pick-six by Franklin Bohannon. Eric Kriskovich also tacked on consistent play, helping the D buckle down in the second half. Then, with the game on the line late in the game, the defense held the streaking Royal offense to only a field goal before slamming the door shut after the Royals were able to recover the ensuing onside kick.

In the special teams phase, the Shamrocks were led by kicker Alex Bales, and anchored by the consistent hustle of Owen McGraw. Sean Sykes made a key play that you probably won't see in the highlight reel, as he smothered a Shamrock fumble, securing a ball that could easily have gone the other way.

Special mention should be given to Mason Piening, Sam Baldwin, and Gabe Arvin. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. During the week, they brought it Now, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

Next week, the Rocks will travel to Brownsburg to face the Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

Friday, September 14, 2018

#Gameday HSE

Tonight, your Rocks will host the Hamilton Southeastern Royals. Both teams will enter with a 2-2 record (1-1 HCC), with HSE having most recently beaten Fisher 14-10. They also lost to Avon 26-9 the previous week.

The Royals average 13.5 ppg on 143 ypg (58 ground, 85 air). They are led by Junior QB Kody Sparks (#5) who has thrown for 341 yards and a touchdown so far this season. Senior RB Matt Harris (#4) provides the ground attack with 200 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. Sparks's favorite receiver is Junior Ben Boysen (#11) who has 18 receptions for 182 yards. Both teams have struggled to put up points so far this year, so tonight could be a defensive, field-position style game. Even so, both teams have plenty of weapons, so it may be a story of which offense can get hot. Either way, look for an exciting game as two quality HCC opponents square off.

No directions needed for this one! We'll see you at Riverview Health Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

#RockReport Varsity at Noblesville

Last Friday, your Rocks visited the Noblesville Millers and walked away with a 10-2 loss. It was a rain-soaked affair, with both teams having to rely heavily on the run game. On the second play from scrimmage, a Miller ball-carrier slipped out from the scrum, taking it all way for the game's lone touchdown. After that, a field position battle ensued, with the Rocks unable to overcome some costly turnovers. The Millers put up a field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 with 4:25 to play in the first half, and then the Shamrocks were able to take advantage of a fumbled punt snap to put them on the board with a safety. 10-2 was the half time score, and it would end up being the final as well, as neither team was able to put up any points in the second half.

Special mention should be given to Zachary Howard, Grant Joyce, and Christiaan Huisden. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. During the week, they brought it Now, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

Next week, your Rocks will look to rebound while playing host the Hamilton Southeastern Royals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.