Tuesday, September 17, 2019

#RockReport Freshmen vs Noblesville

Renewing an annual cross-county rivalry, the freshman Rocks of Westfield hosted the Noblesville Millers on a beautiful Saturday morning with unparalleled weather for football. The Rocks exhibited superior toughness and physicality as they beat their rivals to the east by a score of 29-0 -- the defense’s second shutout in as many games.

The Rocks’ defensive front played aggressively vs. the Miller run and pressured their passing attempts constantly. Player of the game Seth Nanna impressed with multiple tackles for loss. The newcomer to the Rocks program hit his stride in this game, displaying the force he can exert from his position on the defensive line. Along with Nanna, inside linebacker Will Byers had a breakout game, earning Mr. Consistency honors for his play. Big plays by the defense included two interceptions -- one by Reece Weyer to end the half and one by Eli Carter returned for a touchdown.

Offensively, the Rocks were led by running back Jalen Herron. Herron found the Millers’ edge multiple times and sped to the end zone for two touchdowns. Bucking multiple tacklers, Herron combined brute force with his catlike speed. For his overall dependability performance as a teammate, practice player, and game player, wide receiver Chase Foreman won Mr. Consistency honors. The big play of the game came on a deep pass from quarterback Collin Lindsey to Eli Carter. The subsequent play was a touchdown.

On special teams, Charlie Dager won player of the game honors. Dager found himself in on every tackle for the kickoff squad. Pairing with Dager for Mr. Consistency is the kicker Grant Harlowe, whose kickoffs pinned the Miller offense back to start in their own red zone. The big play of the game was Eli Carter’s punt return to get the offense into scoring position.

The Rocks return to action on Monday, September 23rd as they head to Hamilton Southeastern for a Hoosier Crossroads Conference showdown. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 16, 2019

#RockReport JV at Noblesville

The Westfield Junior Varsity football team played their fourth game of the season on Saturday against the Millers from the east. This match-up was a physical battle of wills from the first kick-off until the final whistle blew. The JV Rocks were able to grid  away with the victory, 10-7.

Rocks JV offense experienced many self-inflicted stops on the day with penalties. These penalties stopped many drives dead in their tracks despite the effort of the Rocks offensive player of the game, sophomore wide receiver Amarion Ballard. Ballard supplied several sparks for the offense with his ability to catch & run to gain extra yards. Junior wide receiver Adam Garrettson & freshman running back Dillon Thieneman were consistent contributors for the Rocks, keeping the ball moving with many clutch catches. At the end of the 4th quarter, the Rocks found themselves down by 4 points (7-3) with 2+ minutes left in the game and 70 yards to traverse. After many spectacular plays & several setbacks, the Rocks junior quarterback Nick Talley was able to find sophomore wide receiver Jackson Wasserstrom for the game winning touchdown with under a minute to play.

The JV Rocks defense played physical throughout the entire game. The Rocks D was able to shut the Miller offense down drive after drive. The performances of the game were bookended by a goal line stand to start the game and a red zone stop to end the game and get the ball back to the offense for the game winning score. The player of the game was freshman cornerback Dillon Thieneman who had 2 interceptions on the game (1 as time expired to seal the victory). The book ends for the consistent play for the Rocks defense were the book ends on the defensive line, junior defensive ends Seth Martin & Ayden Hartman had outstanding games. The play of the game came after an interception by the Rocks offense, with the team down by 4 points and the Millers in Rocks territory. The defense rose up, stayed united, and got the ball back for the offense.

The JV Rocks football team will look to keep their momentum going when they play Hamilton Southeastern High School on Saturday September 21st at 10 a.m at home.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

#RockReport Varsity vs Noblesville

Last Friday, your Rocks hosted the Noblesville Millers, earning a 34-14 win. The victory brings the Rocks to 4-0 on the year, and secures the Midland Rail trophy for this season.

The Shamrock Offense was led by Camden Simons. Aidan Parker added consistent play down in the trenches. One big play came on an RB screen to Micah Hauser, with Cole Grady, Jacob Netral, and Aidan Parker all getting in on the action with key blocks. A second big play came when Simons hooked up with Levi Kaster for a touchdown on a TE throwback.

The Rock D was led by Micah Hauser, while Jack Pfeiffer and Seth Martin tacked on consistent play. The big play for the D was when Hauser stepped in front of a slant in the endzone for a touchdown saving interception.

Shamrock Special Teams was led by Carson Voorhis. Lyle Beam added consistent play, and the big play in this phase goes to Reid Schepers.

Special mention should be given to Jonathan Hernandez, Blaine Riley, Clay Frederick, and Alex Wolfe. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. During the week, they show us what it means to be united, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

Next week, your Rocks will travel to Hamilton Southeastern to take on the Royals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

Friday, September 13, 2019

#Gameday Varsity vs Noblesville

Tonight, your Rocks will host the Millers from Noblesville. This is the last of our two week rivalry series of games, with the Midland Rail Trophy on the line. Noblesville comes into tonight's game with an 0-3 record, having lost to Cathedral, Carmel, and Fishers. Since 2004, Westfield holds the edge in the rivalry with a 9-7 record against the Millers.

Noblesville has struggled to score the football, averaging only 7 points per game on 74 yards per game (50 ground). They run an option-styled offense that showcases a variety of runners. Senior Elijah Butler (#21) currently leads the team with 32 rushing attempts, notching 35 yards and a touchdown. The entire offense has only completed 6 passes for 72 yards and 1 touchdown across all three games. 

Don't let the stats fool you, though, this rivalry is typically a grind-it-out game that may come down to the wire. Expect the Millers to slow things down, hoping to control time of possession and keeping the Shamrock offense off the field. The Rock D will need to capitalize on any opportunities to gain an extra possession for the O, while staying disciplined on the run and play-action game.

It's supposed to rain earlier this evening, so hopefully we will see a drop in temperature and humidity by the time kickoff rolls around. Still, keep your eye on the weather as it could end up being a wet one. No directions needed today. Hope to see you at Riverview Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

#RockReport JV vs Zionsville

The Westfield Junior Varsity football team played their third game of the season on Saturday against the Eagles of Zionsville.  The JV offense struggled early but was able to get some explosive plays and run away with the victory for the Rocks, 33-14

Rocks JV offense sputtered a bit early on in the game but were able to muster two field goals on the first two drives.  The Rocks offense was able to decipher the Eagle defense by utilizing sophomore receiver Jackson Wasserstrom and his explosive play making capability.  Jackson finished the game with 4 touchdowns & multiple acrobatic catches on the sideline.  Junior quarterback Nick Talley was able to engineer multiple drives to give the Rocks the lead by halftime.  The Rocks would not relinquish the lead from that point forward.

The JV Rocks defense lived by the motto, “bend but don’t break”.  The Rocks allowed multiple explosive plays to the Eagles offense, but 3 times in the first half fortified their defenses on the goal line and deny the Eagles entry into pay dirt.  The Rocks also forced multiple takeaways during the game.  Sophomore linebacker Evan Canon lead the charge with an interception early in the first half.  Junior cornerback Kyle Pape, sophomore cornerback Thaddeus O’Neill, and freshman cornerback Dillon Thieneman added interceptions later in the game for the Rocks.  Sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Widmer was the keystone of the defense and earned the defensive player of the game award with his dominante play in the middle of the defense.

The JV Rocks football team will look to keep their momentum going when they play noblesville High School on Saturday September 14th at 10 a.m at Beaver Stadium in noblesville Indiana.

#RockReport Freshmen at Zionsville

The freshman Rocks of Westfield took on HCC rival Zionsville in a game that really proved the mettle of the young Rocks. On the shoulders of a defense that allowed zero first downs, the Rocks came away with a 21-0 victory.

The defense held staunch from the start of the game until the final whistle. The Eagles of Zionsville never gained a first down through the ground, the air, or through a penalty. Headlining the defense was the front seven, anchored by defensive tackle Kaden Rounds. For Rounds’s steadfastness in the trenches, he earned player of the game honors, coupled with safety Eli Carter, who had a big interception in the first half. The single most dominant play of the game came when safety Brennan Hacker completely annihilated the opposing ball carrier with a hammer hit.

Offensively, the Rocks kept grinding away with big drives. Their scores came on two Collin Lindsey touchdown passes and a Jalen Herron rush. QB Lindsey earned player of the game recognition for his passing, running, and overall leadership. Herron earned Mr. Consistency honors for the spark and speed he brought to the offense. The big play of the game occurred on the Rocks’ second touchdown of the game -- a Lindsey lob to TE Austin Knott while Lindsey was being wrestled to the ground by a Zionsville tackler.

On special teams, Austin Knott shined for his effort on kickoff and as a long snapper. He earns his first player of the game honors with this. Tyler Dikos -- a contributor on every single special team -- earns Mr. Consistency. For his pressure of a Zionsville punt in their own end zone, linebacker Charlie Dager earns the Big Play Award.

The Rocks will be returning home on Saturday, September 14th, as they take on heated cross-county rival Noblesville. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

#RockReport Varsity at Zionsville

On Friday, your Rocks traveled over to Zionsville to face the Eagles, earning a 51-24 victory. The win takes the Rocks to 3-0 on the season, and 1-0 in conference play. Zionsville falls to 2-1 (0-1 HCC).

On offense, the Shamrocks were led by OL Jacob Netral, anchored by the consistent play of the entire offensive line. When you score on the ground with five different runners, it's a good sign that the line is playing it's heart out. The big play for the offense was a stellar catch by WR Mason Piening to give the Rocks a key first down.

The Rock D was led by DL Owen Ogle, and backed by CB Grant Joyce. They held the Eagles to only one score in each of the four quarters, which proved plenty with all of the scoring that the offense accomplished. Shamrock Special Teams were led by Trevor Lickfeldt along with the consistent play of Lyle Beam. Nailing a field goal right before halftime was big for the FG unit and the team as a whole.

Special mention should be given to Jonathan Hernandez, Evan Cannon, and Jonathon Frey. These Rocks made significant contributions in preparing the team for the Friday contest. During the week, they show us what it means to be united, providing the best possible look for their fellow teammates.

Next Friday, your Rocks will host the Noblesville Millers, as the rivalry portion of the schedule continues. Kickoff for the Midland Rail Rivalry game is scheduled for 7pm.