Nov 30, 2019
Indianapolis – As they stood on the 35 yard line, they almost couldn’t believe what had just transpired.
Connor Hole, Cortez Stoudemire, Brett Wethington and Spencer Wright, four of the key senior members of the Western Boone football team just embraced one other, enjoying their final moments on a football field together.
This was more than excitement about winning the program’s second-straight state championship in emphatic fashion, topping Eastbrook 44-7 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“This is everything we wanted,” Hole said. “It was really emotional for us, because we had this goal and had this plan from day one, and we achieved it today. We love each other and it’s just an amazing feeling.”
This was a senior class that wanted to make sure they left a legacy that would be talked about in the upcoming generations of Western Boone football players.
From seventh grade until they ended their careers at Western Boone, they lost six games, and went 29-1 with two state championships to close it out.
“It’s the greatest class to ever go through Western Boone and I don’t think anybody can gripe about that now,” Pelley said. “They had some really talented players with them last year, and they needed each other, but this is their team. They rose to the challenge.”
But it may have been the way they stamped their legacy that was the most impressive.
Even when thinking of best case scenarios, Pelley couldn’t have dreamt up what happened with his football team on Saturday afternoon.
The Stars dominated Eastbrook in every phase of the game from the opening whistle, out-gaining the Panthers 512-127 and were up 41-0 before the Panthers scored.
“I’m not sure if I could have written this script out,” Pelley said. “It speaks volumes to our culture, our coaches, our kids, our administration, everybody. I don’t know what to say.”
The Stars set the tone from the opening kick-off.
WeBo took the opening possession and went 65 yards in 10 plays, nine on the ground, and scored on an 8-yard run by Connor Hole.
After forcing an Eastbrook punt, the Stars went 97 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 31-yard pass from Spencer Wright to Connor Hole, and all of a sudden it was 14-0 early in the second quarter.
“We had to have that mentality to hit them in the mouth and we did that,” Hole said. “We took it down and scored, stopped them on defense and scored again. That’s what we needed to do, we did, and now we are state champs.”
The Stars defense responded with a three-and-out, and Robby Taylor capped off another 10-play drive, scoring on a 2-yard run to put Western Boone up 21-0.
Western Boone nearly made it 28-0 right before the half, but after driving to the Eastbrook two yard line with 20 seconds left, Wright was intercepted in the end zone, keeping it 21-0 at the half.
“Our kids just played off the charts,” Pelley said. “They kept that edge all year long. We can finally breath a little and it’s like a huge weight is lifted off our shoulders. Our kids played to their potential, and that’s our jobs as coaches.”
Any momentum that the Panthers looked to have from that interception quickly went away.
On the second play of the third quarter, Eastbrook’s Wyatt Stephenson fumbled and it was nearly returned for a touchdown by Caleb Freeman.
Three plays later, Taylor punched it in to make it 28-0.
“I think that was really deflating for them,” Pelley said. “Being down three scores and getting the ball, it’s not overwhelming. But that was the nail in the coffin.”
From there, the Western Boone defense took over.