Friday, September 22, 2017

#GameDay Brownsburg

Tonight, your Rocks come home to face the Brownsburg Bulldogs. The dogs come in at 3-2, having lost to Avon and beaten Fishers in conference play. Both games were high scoring affairs.

Brownsburg is averaging a blistering 38 ppg on 411 yards (252 ground, 159 air). They boast perhaps the best wide receiver in the conference in Bryce Kirtz (#17). Kirtz has racked up 376 yards and 7 touchdowns already this season. Their leading rusher is Donny Marcus (#20), averaging 104 ypg.

The Rocks will need to find a way to stop the bulldog high octane offense, while returning frequently to an endzone that eluded them last week. While last week was a grind-it-out defensive game, look for tonight's contest to involve some more offensive fireworks.

No directions needed for this one. See you at Riverview Health Stadium for all the homecoming pageantry. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#RockReport JV vs HSE

The final posting for today is the JV Recap. I'm not sure if we're going to be able to get the freshman recap fully written up, but they won as well. Younger Rocks, gettin' it done!

The Westfield Junior Varsity football team played their fifth game of the season and third conference game on Saturday against Royals of Hamilton Southeastern.  The Rocks were a little short handed and had to fight as a team in order to pull out their 5th win of the season, 17-14.

The Rocks offense was stymied all morning by a stout Royals defense.  There were a few sparks throughout the day coming from sophomore receivers Luke Jankowski, Jacob Riddle, Sammy Baldwin, and Mason Cox.  The Rocks took a lead late in the 1st half ignited by a long pass to Jankowski capped off by a short run by sophomore QB Camden Simons.  Later the Rocks were able to retake the lead on a pass from Simons to Cox after a punt was blocked by Junior Cooper Boehm.  Baldwin added a 2 point conversion to give the Rocks a 14-7 lead.  The Rocks found themselves tied at 14 with 50 seconds remaining on the clock.  Simons engineered a game winning drive from the Rocks on 40 which resulted in a field goal by Junior kicker Andy Manzur.

The Rocks defense played exceptionally most of the day on Saturday while the offense had their troubles.  Boehm was player of the game while playing defensive end and applying countless pressures on the Royals quarterback.  Boehm was bookended by junior defensive end Calvin Grenda who provided the play of the game for the defense, a stop on 3rd down with a massive hit and resulted in the Boehm punt block.  The driving force behind the consistency of the defense was provided by junior linebacker Zach Collins who had another outstanding game.

The JV Rocks football team will look to keep their momentum going when they play Brownsburg High School on Saturday September 23th  at 10 a.m @ BHS.

Hurricane Relief

Second posting of the day is an announcement for this Friday. We're trying to fill a semi with food and supply items in support of the folks affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please see the flyer below and consider bringing a few items to the game Friday in addition to your standard Rocks gear. You can also bring donations to the other drop-off locations listed below up until the 25th.

Midland Rail Video

A good handful of stuff has come across my desk today, so I'll be sharing in multiple postings. First, we were pointed to some pretty awesome video footage of the varsity game against Noblesville. It sort of functions as a quick recap of the game with a sweet instrumental laid over top. Definitely give it a watch:

Westfield vs Noblesville HS Football - 9.8.17 from CarisDesign on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

#RockReport @Hamilton Southeastern

Photo by Kyle Atkisson
Your Rocks traveled to HSE last night and faced the Royals, falling 13-0. This marks the first loss of the year for the Shamrocks, and puts them at 2-1 in the conference.

Offensively, the Shamrocks were blanked for the first time in quite a while. They struggled to move the ball, generating only 159 yards of total offense. They fought hard, but ultimately could not find the answer to crack the Royal defense. The Rock D fared slightly better, yielding only 13 points, 6 of which came late in the game with the team pressing for a break. Still, they failed to generate a takeaway on a night when the offense really could have used the advantage. Shamrock Special Teams struggled as well, failing to convert a field goal, though the punting game was a consistent area of strength on the night. The game was a low scoring grinder, with the Royals coming up with big plays when needed and the Rocks unable to answer. The Rocks will look to rebound next week.

Special mention should be given to Zach Allen, Jacob Netral, and Leonnel Juarez. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. They made sure to RISE to the occasion during the week, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

Next Friday, your Rocks will come home to host the Brownsburg Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.
Photo by Kyle Atkisson

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Special Olympics Football Clinic

Each year, one of our favorite events for the pure love of the game is the Special Olympics clinic. This year, the event will be held on Saturday 9/16. For more information, see the flyer below:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#RockReport Freshmen vs Noblesville

The freshman Rocks beat the Millers of Noblesville 21-19 in a hard fought battle between the two squads. Leading the charge defensively, Gabe Arvin found his way into countless tackles, bolstering a strong linebacking corps that also included Zander Nguyen, David Frey, and Ian Watson. In the secondary, Christiaan Huisden consistently made his presence felt, affecting the Miller aerial attack. Kyle Pape at CB made the big play of the game defensively, when he broke up Noblesville’s 4th quarter, 4th down pass, giving the Rocks back possession of the ball and the ability to run out the clock.

On offense, the Rock O moved the ball consistently. Highlights included a Nick Talley run for a TD and a pass to offensive player of the game Mason Piening. Running back Jack Pfeiffer won Mr. Consistency for his tough running between and around the tackles.

Special teams greatly impacted the game as returner Mason Piening took the first kickoff of the 2nd half back the other way for a long Rocks touchdown. Kicker Sean Sullivan found his way into the lineup, consistently hitting deep kickoffs and setting up the defense with great field position. The big play of the game on special teams was when Sayveion Woods-Dale burst through the Noblesville line to block their extra point after a touchdown.

The Rocks are 3-1 on the season and head to Hamilton Southeastern High School next week, where they will take on the Royals. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 18th .
Go Rocks!