For the second-straight season, West Lafayette topped Western Boone in the sectional.
This year, the Red Devils were able to top Western Boone 43-12. The Stars finish the season 6-5, their seventh-straight winning season.
The Stars struck first on the opening drive of the game, scoring on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Wright to Logan Benson to give the Stars the early 7-0 lead.
“I was really happy with the start,” Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. “We took the ball, which isn’t something I think a lot of teams do against them, and we made a big play. I think we are more dynamic than we get credit for with Spencer at quarterback and moving Jack (Gilliam) out wide. We got off to a good start, it just got away from us a little bit.”
West Lafayette took the lead later in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown and adding a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.
The fourth-ranked Red Devils pulled away late in the second quarter.
After West Lafayette blocked a punt, Sage Hood scored on a 2-yard run with 4:39 left in the half to make it 15-7. Just two minutes later, R.J. Erb scored on a 5-yard run to make it 22-7.
Erb then hurt WeBo on the ensuing drive, intercepting a Wright pass to give West Lafayette excellent field position. They capitalized with a touchdown pass from Mikey Kidwell to Luke Staton that made it 28-7 at the half.
“We just didn’t get any breaks,” Pelley said. “It was a tip here and a tip there and it seemed like they always bounced their way. We gave them a short field too many teams and our defense hung in there and made a couple of stands, but after a while they are going to make plays on you.”
The Stars came out and tried to get back in the game after the half.
They forced a Red Devils punt and blocked it out of the back of the endzone for a safety to make it 28-9. On the ensuing drive after the free kick, Solo Huckstep kicked a field goal to make it 28-12 and a two-score game.
Pelley said he was happy with the team’s response coming out of the half.
“People can say a lot about our program and what they think we do well or not,” Pelley said. “But the one thing no one will question is the effort of our kids. They don’t quit and to me that is what WeBo football is all about. That is how it was when I got here and I think we have continued that. Our coaches coach hard and our kids listen to that and play hard. It says a lot about them and their parents for the way they were raised.”
West Lafayette added two touchdown runs from Joel Bales to provide the final score.
Wright finished the game 11 of 22 for 139 yards.
Benson had two catches for 65 yards. Garrett Miller had eight carries for 49 yards, while Gilliam had 36 yards rushing and 31 receiving.
Pelley said that he enjoyed coaching this group of Stars.
“We weren’t really sure about this group coming in because there were a lot of new faces in new places,” Pelley said. “But I had so much fun coaching this kids and watching them improve. From week one to week 11, they improved so much and our future is really bright. We had a lot of young kids get meaningful minutes this year and they is big for us. We are going to miss the seniors, but the younger guys are going to carry the torch.”
Pelley said this senior group will always be special for him, because they were the first class he had for four years at Western Boone.
“Their willingness to change is the thing I will remember about them,” Pelley said. “Every new coach is going to have his way of doing things and they really bought in to everything we were doing. This year, they really had to step up and be leaders for the first time, and it was a lot of fun to watch them mature and grow. I am really proud of them.”