NEW MARKET – If you like a lot of offense you went away a bit disappointed, as defense was the name of the game in Western Boone’s 21-7 Sagamore Athletic Conference win against Southmont Friday night.
In the end, it was Western Boone’s quick tempo passing game, which did the Mounties in as the Stars, went to that midway through the second quarter and used it to erase an early Southmont 7-0.
After Southmont (4-3, 3-2) scored first on a brilliant one-handed catch and run by Logan Smith on a 62-yard pass play from Hunter Chadwick in the first quarter the Stars (6-1, 5-0) switched its offense to a more up-tempo style.
“We like to do that sometime and give Southmont a lot of credit.” Western Boone coach Justin Pelley said. “It was almost like they wanted us the throw the ball and I felt like we did so pretty effectively.”
Sophomore quarterback Spencer Wright completed 24 of 35 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns — one to Jack Gilliam to put the Stars up 14-7 right before the half and the other in the fourth quarter to Joe Hendrix.
The Stars — who entered the game averaging 47.5 points over their last four games – were able to get one rushing touchdown as Ryan Solomon found a rare hole up the middle and scampered 43 yards in the second quarter. Solomon led the Stars in rushing with 45 yards on 14 carries.
On the other side of the field, the Mounties also had to resort to a throwing game as the Stars’ defense completely shut the normal-potent Mounties ground attaack down. Southmont came into the game averaging 209 yards a game. The Mounties managed just 16 yards on 30 carries.
“They took us out of some of the things we like to do,” Southmont coach Desson Hannum said. “Give them credit. We were forced to do some different things and we played pretty well. The w=effort was there and that’s what you want. It just wasn’t good enough tonight. That’s a very good football team and they are going to make some noise in the 2A tournament and we played them well.”
The Mounties did find some success through the air as Chadwick completed 11 of 19 passes for 157 yards and accounted for the only Southmont score. Reese VanCleave led the Mounties ground game with 39 yards on 10 carries.
“Our defense played well,” Pelley said. “I like our defesne and it keeps us in a lot of games.”
Southmont’s defense also played well limiting the Stars to just 108 yards on the ground on 27 carries.
“We did a lot of things well tonight,” Hannum said. “We just didn’t win the game. There are no moral victories here but we played pretty well.”
The Mounties will travel to Lebanon on Friday and the Stars, who extended its winning streak over the Mounties to seven straight, will travel to Danville for a battle of the two unbeaten in the conference.
“Our kids want to play for championships and we have a shot for at least a share of the conference title next week,” Pelley said. “It’s going to take a great game but at least we are in a position to earn it.”