Westfield moved one step closer to a shot at the Class 6A state football championship, while Carmel’s reign ended Friday night.
The Shamrocks claimed their first 6A regional title and fifth overall by dominating Homestead 42-9. Ben Davis withstood a second-half charge from the Greyhounds to prevail 27-21.
Westfield’s Carson Voorhis stepped in for the injured Micah Hauser and his rushes helped set up Maximus Webster’s 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sean Sullivan’s kick made it 7-0.
Homestead went up 9-7 in the second quarter, but a pair of Webster touchdown passes gave Westfield the lead for good. Webster found Nic Depasquale for a 17-yard score. Reid Schepers hauled in a 22-yard TD pass to make it 21-9.
Webster tacked on a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Shamrocks a 28-9 halftime lead. Webster rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries.
Schepers and Webster hooked up for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, going for 13 and 16 yards. Webster was 16 of 23 passing for 239 yards, and Schepers caught four balls for 52 yards.
Voorhis averaged 10 yards a carry for the Shamrocks, rushing for 100 yards. DePasquale caught five passes for 59 yards.
Benji Welch intercepted two passes for a Westfield defense that limited Homestead to 79 rushing yards.
Standing between Westfield (11-1) and a likely Class 6A state championship matchup with top-ranked Center Grove is a trip to Merrillville (10-1) for the semistate. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Westfield time, 6:30 Merrillville time. Check westfieldathletics.com for ticket information.
Carmel’s hopes for a record 23rd regional title soared when Baron Smith took the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Ben Davis. Spencer Hanna’s extra-point kick, however, was the final point the Greyhounds would score in the first half.
Ben Davis reeled off 24 unanswered points behind a touchdown run and two TD passes by J’uan Swanson.
Zach White’s 22-yard touchdown run pulled Carmel within 24-14 in the third quarter. The Greyhounds inched closer to the rival Giants on Luke Conley’s 4-yard scoring run, but Angel Torres’ second field goal for Ben Davis proved to be the final margin.
White rushed for a game-high 157 yards on 18 carries. Jaedon King caught three passes for 31 yards.
Carmel finishes 9-3.