Boys Varsity Football · ‘Focused’ Stars take down Cougars 49-7

Nov 1, 2019

ROACHDALE — The Western Boone football team took care of business Friday night in the sectional semifinal against North Putnam.

The Stars scored on their opening possession and never looked back in a 49-7 win over the Cougars.

“Our guys came out focused and played well,” Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. “We had guys making plays all over the field. Spencer was efficient in moving the ball, Cortez Stoudemire and Clayton Hysong had a couple of pick-6s and that was a big helped too. Brett Wethington, Robby Taylor and Casey Baird all had around 50 yards rushing and Connor Hole was pretty electric. Everyone stepped up tonight.”

Western Boone took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Wethington, and then pushed it to 14-0 on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Wright to Connor Hole.

After Hole intercepted a pass, a long pass to Connor Garrity set the Stars up at the 2-yard line, and Robby Taylor scored from 2-yards out to make it 21-0 at the end of a quarter.

While they didn’t get as many big runs as they normally do, Pelley said the Stars’ offensive line relishes games like Friday night against other big linemen.

“They really rise to the challenge there,” Pelley said. “Nothing was easy tonight running the ball. We didn’t break free for any 30-40 yard runs, they did a good job of containing that, but we just kept chipping away. We kept on moving the ball and our line wore them down a little bit.”

The Cougars cut the lead to 21-7, but the Stars took the momentum right back.

Western Boone had two big touchdown plays called back because of penalty on the ensuing drive, but ultimately punched it in on an 11-yard run by Connor Hole to make it 28-7.

Cortez Stoudemire got a pick-6 just a few plays later, intercepting a long pass on the right sideline, staying on his feet and returning it 80-yards for a touchdown.

Western Boone made it 42-7 right before the half, with Wright finding Connor Hole over the middle for a 39-yard touchdown.

The Stars capped the scoring on the first into the second half, when Clayton Hysong tipped a pass, picked it off and returned it for a touchdown.

“That is big for our defense,” Pelley said. “They have been right there all year and it speaks to the play of our kids to get two defensive touchdowns in the game. It was great to seem them rewarded for that. Cortez and Clayton had strong games, and Luke Marsh was all over the field making plays too.”

The Stars will be looking to win their third-straight sectional title next Friday when they travel to South Vermillion.

The Wildcats topped Cascade 41-38 in come-from-behind fashion on Friday.

“We have to clean up some of our penalties,” Pelley said. “We had too many away from the ball today. Our kids were just finishing plays off, but we have to know where that line is to stop and adjust to what the referees are calling.”

Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter