THORNTOWN — On a night where Danville and Southmont battled as the other two leaders in a three-way tie atop the Sagamore Conference Western Boone had a relatively easy night. Frankfort came to town on Homecoming and offered very little resistance to the Class 2A No. 6 rated Stars.
The Stars (5-1, 4-0) held thee Hot Dogs (0-6, 0-4) to fewer yards (49) than Western Boone had points (51). The Hot Dogs managed only nine first downs and had just four plays of 10 yards or more in a 51-0 rout.
“Our guys worked really hard at it tonight,” said Western Boone coach Justin Pelley. “Travis Brunes, our defensive coordinator, is very analytical and he gets those moving in the right direction. They did a great job tonight.”
The story of the game was in the trenches, and Western Boone was completely dominant on both the offensive and defensive line. Offensively the Stars gained 408 yards of total offense and quarterback Spencer Wright was not sacked. Wright completed 10 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 77 yards on 8 carries and getting a score on the ground.
The defensive line was probably even more dominant, however. Western Boone’s defense forced a whopping total of 22 negative plays, often living in the Frankfort backfield. Garrett Miller regularly was disruptive in the middle of the line.
“We have a lot of guys playing in a lot of different spots up front, but we have a couple of guys banged up right now,” said Pelley. “We had a couple of guys that couldn’t play tonight so I’m really proud of our defensive line. Two guys had to step in and play the whole game. On offense we kept 7 (Wright) clean tonight and that’s the name of the game.”
The Stars needed only 68 seconds to take firm control of the game. Ryan Solomon scored from 9 yards out to cape the game’s opening drive of 6 plays and 61 yards. After forcing a three-and-out the Stars then blocked a Frankfort punt out of the end zone for a safety.
Frankfort was able to force a turnover on downs on Western Boone’s second possession, but after taking over at their own 7 Dyllan Shelley was tackled in the end zone for a second safety to make it 11-0 less than six minutes into the game.
The Stars threw an interception at the 1 yard line on their next possession, nearly setting up a third safety, but the Hot Dogs got off a punt that was returned to their 11. Three plays later Wright was in the end zone to make it 17-0, then Solomon would add a second touchdown run late in the first quarter to make it 24-0 after 12 minutes.
Western Boone extended its lead to 37-0 by halftime thanks to a third touchdown by Solomon and a 17 yard pass from Wright to Logan Benson. Wright would hit Luke Kernodle for a 56-yard TD pass in the second half and Devin Weakley added a 36 yard scoring run as the reserves took over.
“Those guys (the reserves) got some important minutes for us tonight,” said Pelley. “our JV team is our freshmen, so when someone leaves their varsity in and we’re playing our freshmen that’s kind of an unbalanced deal but they were able to get in there tonight and gain some first downs.”
Solomon finished the night with 135 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries. Kernodle also had 6 receptions for 112 yards and a score.
Western Boone remains tied atop the Sagamore Conference standings at 4-0 with Danville, who is also 4-0 after beating Southmont 48-7. Western Boone finishes at Southmont and Danville before hosting Lebanon.