Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Highlight Video

Great night at the banquet last night honoring this year's team, and in particular the senior class. Once a Rock always a Rock. Lots of good things to look forward to, as well.

We wanted to pass along the 2017 Highlight Video here on the blog. There is also a link on the right hand side of the site, just below the 2017 Season Photos. Feel encouraged to click through and enjoy. Also, if you have additional photos you'd like to share, shoot us an email (found via the Contact Information link). We're happy to add them to the album.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed our football family. We couldn't do what we do with out the continual support from our community.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

#RockReport Sectional I @ Lafayette Jeff

Photo by K. Atkisson
The reality of high school football in the state of Indiana is that, for all but 6 teams, your high school career will end with a loss. And that loss will sting. As coaches, we like to say that if it doesn't sting, then we have done something wrong along the way. With the dedication that it takes to be a Rock, and the culture that has been built through seniors like this class, I feel fortunate to say that last night stung. Your Rocks traveled up to Lafayette to face a Broncho that remains undefeated, ending our season with a heartbreaking 27-24 defeat.

As with most football seasons in Westfield, we were not ready for this one to end. The head coach of Lafayette Jeff provided (perhaps unintentionally) one of the best compliments I have read from an opposing coach. He said (via pre-game J&C article here): "We watch Westfield film when we show our guys how to have fun and celebrate and get excited about the game of football."

It could be said that it is much easier to live out your principles when things are going well, when you are winning. I cannot emphasize enough that, despite things not going their way, this team stuck together and stayed the course that had been set before them by previous Rocks. They strove to reach their full potential with exuberant enthusiasm while valuing brotherhood. They built bonds that I hope will last them a lifetime, while using their platform to have a positive impact on the world around them. In this way, we can truly say that they were able to RISE to the occasion and represent our community with PRIDE.

This year's seniors had very big shoes to fill. Last year, we graduated 40 seniors from a state champion team. Reloading, coming back to defend that championship was a daunting task. It is a testament to the commitment of this year's seniors that our culture and principles stayed strong. In a season filled with adversity, it was also filled with laughter, complicated handshakes, sporadic dancing and, most of all, Family.

To those seniors, thank you. You will most certainly be missed. But remember: Once a Rock, always a Rock.

To the underclassmen and all future Rocks let us be clear: the shoes did not get any smaller. Remember this year's leadership when your own time comes. Remember these seniors and the example they have set.

As always, we are grateful for the support of our fans, community, and the administration. We are sad for the season to end, but we hope that we have made you proud as Your Rocks.
Photo by K. Atkisson

Friday, October 27, 2017

#GameDay Sectional I - Lafayette Jeff

Tonight, your Rocks will travel up to Lafayette Jefferson High School to take on the Bronchos in their 6A State Tournament opener. The winner of tonight's game will proceed to the Sectional Championship and face the winner of the Carmel/Noblesville tilt. Jeff comes into the game with a perfect 9-0 record and ranked #6 in the final AP poll of the regular season. The only common opponent that the two teams have faced during the regular season were the Harrison Raiders. Jeff defeated the Raiders 49-39, while the Rocks beat the Raiders 22-7.

The Bronchos are averaging a healthy 48.2 ppg on 486 yards (257 air, 230 ground). QB Mathew Wilkerson (#16) will spread the ball around to all of his receivers, utilizing their athleticism in an aggressive air attack. The ground game is spearheaded by RB Marquis Munoz (#32) who is averaging 111 ypg.

The Rocks will need to snap a 5 game losing streak against an extremely hot team tonight. They will have to limit an electric Broncho offense to grind out a victory on the road. It's a long drive, but we could definitely use a whole lot of friendly voices in the stands tonight.

It will be dry come game time, with temps in low 40's, so bundle up if you're coming. Need directions? We've got you covered. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#RockReport Freshmen @ Brebeuf

The freshman Rocks of Westfield finished their first season as high schoolers by beating Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory of Indianapolis 35-14. With this win, the Rocks finished their season at 6-3.

The Rocks jumped right out at the beginning of the game with a long scoring drive. Player of the game Ayden Franzen made a huge catch on 4 th and long to keep the drive going, with the Rocks scoring on a Nick Talley to Zander Nguyen pass two plays later. The Rocks continued to be dominant throughout the game, scoring on all their first half drives. A strong running game was anchored by Center, Dakota Arvin, who won this week’s Mr. Consistency. He paved the way for many Jack Pfeiffer runs between the tackles. Pfeiffer accounted for three Rocks touchdowns with his running. As the game wound down, with Reid Shepers in at the helm as the quarterback, tight end Jacob Des Jardins made a big catch and run down to the 1 yard line, earning the game’s big play award.

Defensively, the Rocks looked to captain Seth Martin and David Frey. Both earned player of the game honors. Martin was consistently in the Brave backfield, wreaking havoc from his defensive end position while David Frey patrolled the secondary, stopping any long runs and essentially eliminating the passing game of Brebeuf. Throughout the entire first half, the defense allowed zero points from the Brebeuf offense. In the second half, safety Brady Kelly took away all hope of a Brebeuf comeback as he intercepted a deep pass that tried to put the Braves back into contention. On special teams, consistent performances stood out. Kicker Sean Sullivan placed his kickoffs perfectly, giving the Rock defense the best field position of the season. Flying down and earning multiple tackles in the kicking game was Ian Watson. On all PAT’s, snapper Lyle Beam was perfect with his snaps.

The coaching staff is proud of the accomplishments of this group of freshmen. Throughout the entire year, they embodied the fundamental traits of Westfield football. They have grown as players and young men, and we are excited to see them join the varsity both for this year’s playoffs and beyond.

Monday, October 16, 2017

#RockReport - JV vs Franklin Central

The Westfield Junior Varsity football team played their ninth and final game of the season on Saturday against Flashes of Franklin Central.  The Rocks were able to complete their sweep of the teams on their schedule with a 41-21 win and a 9-0 record on the year.

The Rocks offense started the game with chunk plays speeding down the field and scoring relentlessly against an overwhelmed Flash defense.  The player of the game was sophomore quarterback Camden Simons who passed for 3 touchdowns, ran for one, and assisted on another.  Sophomores Dane Wheeler and Reid Stewart were the recipients of Simons’s touchdown tosses.  Stewart also earned the consistency award by playing both tight end and offensive tackle for a depleted front five for the Rocks offense.  The big play for the Rocks came half way through the 3rd quarter on the first play of the half for the Rocks. Simons threw a backwards pass to sophomore receiver Mason Cox who set up and chucked the ball down field to sophomore Luke Jankowski for a 65+ yard touchdown which demoralized the Flashes.

The Rocks defense faced a formidable running attack but were more than up for the challenge.  The Rocks front 7 started the game with multiple three and out possessions, the second of which resulted in a botched snap on a Flashes punt attempt setting up the Rocks offense with a short field.  Junior linebacker Zach Collins and junior linemen Calvin Grenda earned player of the game and Mr. Consistency awards respectively for the defense.  The outcome of the game was sealed when junior safety Griffin Pope swooped in and intercepted a desperate attempt by the Flashes to salvage some semblance of offensive explosiveness in the game.

The JV Rocks football team has had a great season and represent a bright future for the Rocks.  The team was 9-0 on the year and HCC JV champions.  Congratulations Rocks!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

#RockReport Brebeuf

Photo by Kyle Atkisson
On Friday, your Rocks lost a heart-breaker at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School to the Braves, 28-24. The game represents the latest in what has become an exciting series for the two school, with all of the contests being close affairs. This latest edition saw the Rocks jump out to a 17-7 lead at the half before the Brave came back. The two teams exchanges scores coming down to the wire with the Rocks eventually marching all the way down to the 14 yard line with 50 seconds left on the clock. The Rocks had several chances to score, but failed to convert through four downs, turning the ball over. The Braves then knelt it out to seal their victory.

The loss is the latest in a series of 5 tough games for the Rocks. Westfield finishes up the regular season with a 4-5 record. They will need to make use of this week's bye for 6A teams and sharpen back up for the playoffs. The Rocks face the Bronchos of Lafayette Jefferson High School in two weeks. More information on that game after the bye week.
Photo by Kyle Atkisson

Friday, October 13, 2017

#GameDay Brebeuf

Tonight, your Rocks will travel to the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School to face the Braves in a non-conference contest. The Braves come in with an identical 4-4 record, so this game will determine which team comes out with a winning regular season. Brebeuf is currently on a 2 game win streak, having defeated HSE last week 30-0. Back in week 4, they lost to Zionsville 21-18 to round out the common opponents.

The Braves average 21.5 ppg on 244 ypg (77 ground, 167 air). Their leading rusher, Isaiah Martin (#32) is only averaging 39.3 rushing yards per game, so expect to see more of an aerial attack from Brebeuf tonight. QB Derrick Ozubo (#13) has thrown for 1310 yards on the season, and hooked up with his favorite target Jacob Pressler (#12) for 635 yards and 8 touchdowns.

This will be another test for the Rock secondary, who have been banged up and shaky the last several weeks. They will need to step up and shut down the Brave offense while the struggling Shamrock offense attempts to get its groove back. While this is a non-conference game, it is a key night for a Shamrock team looking to snap a 4 game losing streak going into the playoffs.

We could certainly use friendly voices in the stands tonight. Need directions? We've got you covered. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.