Article courtesy Richie Hall and the Hamilton County Reporter.
By: RICHIE HALL
Westfield ran its win streak to three games in a row on Friday, as the Shamrocks beat Noblesville in a county rivalry and Hoosier Crossroads Conference game at the Millers’ Beaver Materials Field.
Westfield jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, thanks to Maximus Webster. The junior scored on two short touchdown runs, the first one a nine-yarder less than two minutes into the game. Webster would later punch the ball in from the two-yard line for the second TD.
Grayden Addison got Noblesville on the board with a 41-yard field goal late in the second quarter. But with under a minute to go until halftime, Webster connected with Jackson Wasserstrom for a 13-yard passing touchdown. That gave the ‘Rocks a 21-3 halftime advantage.
“We feel great to be 3-1,” said Westfield coach Jake Gilbert. “I’m very proud of how our kids played tonight. Our defense was spectacular. It takes a lot of discipline to play against this offense and our guys got it done play after play. It was a very impressive performance.”
The Shamrocks added to that lead midway through the third when Sean Sullivan nailed a 43-yard field goal. Sullivan had already kicked three extra points.
“That was a huge kick,” said Gilbert.
The Millers scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 51-yard run from Holden Montarsi. Addison kicked the extra point.
“I thought our defense did a pretty good job of letting us hang around and give us a lot of chances to move the ball,” said Noblesville coach Dave Sharpe. “But for us, the story of the game was, we had so many false start penalties. It kills some momentum when the 2nd-and-3 turns into a 2nd-and-8. For some reason we were a little quick twitchy on the left side of our line. It really killed a lot of our momentum in the first half.”
Webster finished the game 10-of-19 for 132 yards. Micah Hauser led the rushing with 135 yards, and also caught three receptions. Reid Scheppers also made three catches. Dillon Thienemann had 12 tackles on defense (three solo, nine assists), with Hauser making 10 stops (two solo, eight assists). Popeye Williams had three tackles for a loss and two sacks.
“Offensively, we were sloppy with penalties and drops, but we executed well enough to win,” said Gilbert. “Micah Hauser averaged 12 yards per carry so that had a lot to do with it.”
Montarsi totaled 107 yards rushing for Noblesville. Skyler Tolliver had eight tackles for the Millers, six solo and two assists.
“We’ll look at the film and find a way to get those two-yard gains into four-yard gains and to be that clock-consuming, ball-controlling offense with a good defense behind us,” said Sharpe.
Westfield, now 2-0 in the HCC, returns home to Riverview Health Stadium next Friday to host Hamilton Southeastern. The Millers, 0-2 in the conference and 1-3 overall, plays at Zionsville next Friday.