Kyle Pepiot 13 Pass from Cameron Nance (Alex Bales Kick)
5:28 Zionsville 7-7
Joel Decoursey 13 Pass from Andrew Broecker (Chris Freeman Kick)
9:45 Westfield 14-7
Matthew Myer 11 Pass from Nance (Bales Kick)
4:52 Westfield 21-7
Nance 17 Run (Bales Kick)
3:06 Westfield 28-7
Nate Froelich 9 Run (Bales Kick)
11:53 Zionsville 28-14
Jordan Hull 17 Pass from Broecker (Freeman Kick)
4:45 Zionsville 28-21
Hull 18 Pass from Broecker (Freeman Kick)
ZIONSVILLE - Owen McGraw is getting used to making big plays. Tackler in week one's goal line stand, McGraw stymied Zionsville tight end Joel Decoursey on fourth down, two yards short of a first down, and nine yards short of the end zone. Doing so, he preserved Westfield's 28-21 win over the hosts, Friday night.
With 2:25 remaining, Zionsville (1-2, HCC 0-1) travelled 68 yards in seven plays on quarterback Andrew Broecker's 4-of-8 passing, and appeared ready to tie the game when Decoursey slipped open. But McGraw's textbook tackle gave the ball over on downs, and allowed the Shamrocks to run out the clock.
"We made just enough plays, and I mean just enough," said Jake Gilbert, Shamrocks head coach. "This came down to the wire. That's a good football team over there [Zionsville]. This is a good win for us."
Westfield just finished using senior running back Nate Froelich to chew off over four minutes of clock with the visitors in control 28-21. However, Alex Bales' 29-yard field goal attempt was blocked by LB Phil Luse, and returned 34 yards into Rocks' territory, and what look like security points turned into opportunity for the Eagles.
"This one was more of a second half fight, gut it out, make mistakes, overcome mistakes learning effort," assessed Gilbert.
Westfield (3-0, HCC 1-0) got workhorse effort from Froelich, who bruised his was to 177 yards on 37 carries.
"It may sound crazy, but it is kind of what we expect out of Nate," said the coach. "Hard-earned runs. He's just tough."
The Shining Star Traveling Trophy remains in Westfield for another season. The win gives the Shamrocks their fifth straight victory in the series, a first for the program.
Westfield returns to conference action next week with Noblesville next Friday. Getting his young club back into focus re-mains a challenge for the skipper.
"This is just one," said Gilbert when measuring the importance of the conference win. "I'm glad we got this one against our rival. It's just one, but its an important one. If you had told me we'd be here at this point of the season, I would take it a million times over."