WEST LEBANON – The Western Boone football team made a little bit of history on Friday night.
For the first time in program history, the Stars won their fourth-straight sectional title, topping Seeger 42-12 to win the Sectional 37 crown.
“It means a lot (to win a sectional),” Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. “People keep say ‘oh, you’ve been in bigger games,’ and I don’t believe that. Tonight was just as big as any of them, because you have to get this week to get to next week and so on. Our goal is one at a time, we have been getting better every week and that showed tonight.”
Twice before the Stars had won three sectional titles in a row – from 1987-89 and from 1997-99 – but were unable to win a fourth.
Pelley said that since he took over the program, he has wanted his players to just focus on the game in front of them – and the results would come.
“We don’t overlook anyone,” Pelley said. “From day one when we came in it’s been one game at a time, and our kids know that and our coaches know that. That is a good football team. (Khal) Stephen wasn’t at full force tonight and they lost a running back – they are a different team without those guys.”
Western Boone took control with a big play on defense that swung momentum in their favor.
After the Stars opening drive stalled, the Patriots picked up a couple of first downs and had the ball near midfield.
Facing a third and short, Seeger tried to pick it up with a quarterback draw, but fumbled.
WeBo’s Cannon Brunes picked the ball out of midair and ran it back 50 yards to give the Stars a 7-0 lead.
“Cannon was in the right spot and made a play,” Pelley said. “That sparked us there and we got the second score right after that. Our defense came up big tonight with a couple of turnovers.”
The Stars dominated the rest of the half.
After forcing a 3-and-out, they went 86 yards in six plays and made it 14-0 on a 26-yard pass from Elliott Young to Casey Baird.
Just before the half, WeBo made it 21-0 when Robby Taylor scored from a three yards out.
The Stars defense then forced another key turnover on Seeger’s opening drive of the second half, and it took the Stars two plays to go 59 yards, scoring on a 44-yard pass from Young to Luke Marsh.
After a three-and-out, Taylor capped a seven play drive, scoring from 2 yards out to make it 35-0.
Taylor rushed for 97 yards and two scores.
Young threw for 70 and had 73 yards rushing. Marsh also 100 all purpose yards.
“I thought Elliott played well tonight, running the football and taking what they were giving him,” Pelley said. “We dropped some balls, but we made some big catches too. Luke takes a lot of guys with him no matter where he goes, so that helps. Our offensive line stuck with it – they have some good size so it was tough when they put nine in the box. Then Robby did what Robby does.”
For the second-straight season, the Stars will face Heritage Christian in the regional.
The Eagles topped Shenandoah 45-26 on Friday. The game will be at Heritage Christian.
“It’s another week we get to play,” Pelley said. “We will watch the film, see if we can hang in there. We are going to do everything we can. I think we are going to be a tough out. We will play hard and see what happens.”
Article Courtesy of Will Willems