Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More Images From State

If, like me, you find yourself curiously addicted to pictures from the State Final, here are another 250 courtesy of Michele Davis. Michele has done a terrific job capturing the Rocks this year. Take a look and thanks for all the hard work, Michele!

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Rock Helmets

It's getting close to the end of the Indianapolis Colts Helmets competition. It would be great to nominate the champs for new 5-star helmets, keeping our hard-working players safe. You can help us by nominating your Rocks, making sure we are well represented for the final drawing (we already won one of the preliminary drawings way back in week 2). You can read more about the promotion in the flyer below, or at the link HERE.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

#RockReport State Final

Last night, 119 Rocks, led by 40 seniors, took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, ate, and returned as Champions. Your Rocks captured the school's first ever football State Title on the back of a gritty, physical performance against an equally solid opponent in the Columbus East Olympians. 16-13 was the final score in a game that came down to the wire.

The Shamrock offense produced big first downs when the team needed them, also punching in the lone Rock TD of the night. They protected the ball and set up the special teams for 3 crucial field goals. In the end, it was fitting that this group should be given the ball one last time, kneeling it three times to seal the victory.

This year's Rock D will go down as perhaps the best in school history, allowing just over 14 points per game and holding a potent Olympian offense to only 13 points. They slammed the door in the second half, shutting out their opponent and coming up with huge stops when called upon. No stop was bigger, perhaps, than when East was threatening the goal line near the end of the game, coming as close as the 1 yard line, only to be denied after four downs.

Shamrock Special Teams played the high scorers of the night, generating 9 points and executing perfectly when on the field. They maintained the field position advantage, drilled field goals, and kept all Olympian return efforts contained. Special recognition should be given to Will Harrison's State Finals record 52-yard field goal that was the first of the Rocks' points.

There is so much to find impressive in this group of young men. From the 40 seniors displaying selflessness on a daily basis, finding and embracing productive roles on a team in which a majority of them could not find regular playing time due to their sheer number, to the younger players who thrived beneath the leadership and offered excellent scout team preparation down the tournament stretch. This team was built upon the foundation of "Heart" and "Family," and it used those principles, attacking every day, in order to earn success on the biggest of high school stages.

We have a lot to be grateful for today. Grateful for the opportunity and support within our fantastic community. Grateful for the fans and parents that provide the fertile soil in which the seeds of success are grown. Grateful for the managers and support staff that work tirelessly behind the scenes nourishing and caring for those seeds. Grateful for the 119 young men who put in 339 days of intense effort growing the seeds. But most of all, grateful for the 40 seniors who, finally, were able to taste the fruits of their hard-earned labor.

Congratulations to the 2016 Class 5A State Champion Westfield Shamrocks. We, the coaches, hope that this has been one of the most amazing experiences of your lives, and feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to help you reach your full potential as a football family. What a great day to be a Shamrock!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

#GameDay State Finals

Tonight, your Rocks will head to Lucas Oil Stadium for the IHSAA class 5A State Final, where they will face the Columbus East Olympians. The Olympians come in 13-1, representing the south, and having defeated New Pal, Martinsville, Whiteland, Zionsville,and Bloomington South to get here. Their closest game was against Zionsville, which they won by 7 points. Westfield defeated that same Eagles team early in the season by 40. Westfield and Columbus East have only faced each other one time, in 1972 during the regular season. The Shamrocks won that contest, 33-0.

The Olympians come in averaging an impressive 47 points per game on 446 yards (350 rushing). They are led by RB Jamon Hogan (#23), who averages 162 rushing yards per game. QB Josh Major (#2) doesn't throw much, but when he does, it often gains large chunks of yardage or a touchdown. The touchdown tally is split pretty evenly between the two starting wide receivers, Caleb Voelker (#10) and Cam Wilson (#18), with 4 and 3 respectively.

As has been the case in the latter half of this tournament, the Rock D will need to stop a potent running game, while staying awake on the back end to prevent the play-action pass. Look for a grind it out, nail-biter, type of game, similar to what we witnessed last week against Fort Wanye Snider. Unlike that game, though, the weather will not be a factor as there are always perfect football conditions in Lucas Oil Stadium. Look for the Shamrocks to bring their physical play to the biggest of stages, hoping to earn the school's first football state title.

Trust me, you don't want to miss this one. If you can't make it in person, check out the stream on IHSAAtv.org. Otherwise, we'll see you downtown! Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

#Thankful

Thankful for the Grand Park folks getting up with us this morning and hosting us this week. Thankful for all of the people who have supported us along the way. Thankful for the opportunity to be with this family (as well as others) on Thanksgiving.

Turkey says: "Gobble Gobble." Must be just about time to #EAT:


Sunday, November 20, 2016

#RockReport - Semi-State vs Fort Wayne Snider

Photo credit: Kirk Green - VarsityViews 
On Friday night, your Rocks punched their ticket to Lucas Oil Stadium and the State Championship for class 5A. Westfield earned a 23-17 victory against the top ranked Fort Wayne Snider Panthers, winning a rain-soaked nail-biter that displayed hard-nosed football from both teams.

On offense, the Shamrocks were led by Andy Sweet, who led the team and took care of the football in terrible conditions. Chad Reeh and Matthew Robinson added consistent play on the line, while the big play of the night came when Sweet hit Evan Manley down the sideline shortly before half time.

The Rock D rose to the challenge and, after a shaky start, held a potent Panther offense to only 7 points in the second half, sealing the game with big stops in the closing minutes. They were led by Collin Caldwell's fantastic play, as well as the consistent play of Jackson Garrett. The D recovered a big fumble in the second half, forced by Caldwell and scooped by Garrett.

The real start of the night, however, was the Shamrock Special Teams. On a night when the other phases were pretty neck and neck with the opponent, special teams really came through and shined. Will Harrison had a stellar game, booting both a 53 yard field goal and a key 58 yard punt into the wind. Jackson Garrett also contributed here with solid holds for the kicker, and a blocked punt.

Special mention should be given to Michael Delaney, Matt Meyer, Tanner Nichols, and Matthew Noyes. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. They attacked each day during the week, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

The Shamrocks will return to the field one final time on Saturday, this time playing in Lucas Oil for the State Championship. They will face the Columbus East Olympians. Kickoff will follow the preceding game, and is tentatively scheduled for 7:05pm.

Friday, November 18, 2016

#GameDay Semi-State vs Snider

Tonight, your Rocks will host the Fort Wayne Snider Panthers in a Semi-State contest that promises to be a clash of titans. Both teams have dominated their brackets in the tournament so far, and are hoping to secure a berth to the State Title game with a win tonight. Snider comes into the contest with spotless 12-0 record, having demolished Mishawaka, Goshen, and Concord so far in the tournament.

Snider averages 42 points per game on 397 yards (292 rushing). They are led by RB Money Woods (#3), who averages 108 yards per game and has found the end zone 15 times. Junior QB Michael Haupert (#10) helms the offense, hooking up often with WR Mac Hippenhammer (#2) for 608 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air.

The Rock D will have their work cut out for them tonight, attempting to limit one of the best offenses in the state. Hippenhammer is a special athlete, and the Snider run game parallels the Rocks own in terms of potency. On offense, the Shamrocks will need to protect the ball and take care of business. Expect a bruising chess match of a game tonight, where each team looks to check the other team's myriad of weapons, limit mistakes, and pound their way to victory.

Obviously, with a trip to state on the line, we need to pack Riverview Health Stadium tonight. It's looking like the nice weather will turn on us, so dress warm, and bring your outdoor voices. It's time to rock the Rock. No directions needed for this one. Kickoff has been pushed back slightly due to travel time, and is scheduled for 7:30pm.

What a great day to be a Shamrock!