Boys Varsity Football · Stars run past Athenians in home opener


Sep 6, 2019

DOVER — Western Boone took out some frustrations on Crawfordsville in a 49-0 Sagamore Conference opener for both teams.

The Stars, ranked No. 6 in 2A, who gave up a 21-point lead and lost last Friday, had no plans to do the same against the Athenians, as they controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage to run their record to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

Crawfordsville falls to 0-3 for the season to go with the first Sagamore loss.

“It was a bad time to play them,” Athenians coach Kurt Schlicher noted. “They are explosive on offense, very well-coached and took advantage of the good field position they were given. They jumped on us early, which has been a problem.”

The Stars ran for 146 yards and threw for 161 as they balanced their play calling.

They spent a considerable amount of defensive time in the Athenians backfield, with 10 tackles for loss becoming a net 10 rush yards for the game. They finished with 42 yards passing for a net of 52 yards.

“We got back to what we do well,” WeBo coach Justin Pelley said. “We had a very competitive week of practice and a lot of guys got to play tonight. Our defense took last week very personally.”

STARS OFFENSE

WeBo put three touchdowns on the board on their first three possessions, all in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Spencer Wright led the offense with 93 first-quarter yards passing, including a TD, and added a rushing score. “Our quarterback is special,” Pelley observed.

Wright would finish 9-of-14 for 161 yards and the Stars added a third-quarter score when Casey Baird broke a couple tackles and went 55 yards.

Robby Taylor picked up a pair of rushing touchdowns. Wright was the leading ground-gainer with 45 yards. The Stars turned in four plays of 20 yards or better offensively. Jake Taylor went 7-for-7 on extra points.

Pelley said the freshman was a “real asset.”

STARS DEFENSE

It looked like there were 17 blue shirts on defense as times, as there were no lanes to run through, and C’ville quarterback Cale McCarty spent nearly every passing down running away from someone.

McCarty finished 5-of-11 for 42 yards. All five catches were by Carson Scott. Scott got behind the Stars’ defense once in the first quarter for a 24-yard pickup.

“We were hoping for a better start to the second half,” Schlicher said, noting that the Athenians defense had held WeBo’s offense out of the end zone in the second quarter but gave up a score two plays into the third.

In addition, the Stars defense scored when Trevor Weakley picked up a stripped ball and went 50 yards. This was after the special teams scored on a 42-yard punt return in the second quarter.

“We had some guys not ready last week,” Pelley said. “We have about half our guys gone from last year, and this week we moved a lot of guys around. The defense was hungry and ready to play. We gave up 42 points last week and that is about the most we ever gave up in my seven years here. We had guys like Elliott Young making his first start at cornerback and he did a good job.”

MOVING ON

The Stars are home to Tri-West next week.

“We were too sloppy with our penalties,” Pelley said. “We have a lot of things to work on, but it is better to work on things after a win.

The Athenians are home next Friday against Danville.

“We had a good week of practice, and we showed some heart defensively in the second quarter,” Schlicher said, “and I think we are getting a lot better at playing at game speed. We have to find a way to keep out of such deep holes early in the game. We have to find ways to learn and improve. The schedule doesn’t get any easier in this conference, and we just have to dig deep.”