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Rocks Football Advances in Sectionals: Will Santa Be there for the Win?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

This story is proudly sponsored by CARMEL DENTAL GROUP

by SOPHIE GORECKI - The Westfield Rocks Football team discusses advancing in the Sectional Championship.

The Rocks storm out of the helmet during pre-game. Photo courtesy of Kyle Atkisson.

WESTFIELD, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) - The Rocks football team achieved an impressive 42-14 victory against the Fishers Tigers on Nov. 1, which advanced the Rocks in the Sectional Championship. The next game is set for Friday Nov. 7 against the Carmel Greyhounds.

Despite the challenge of playing a much larger school and rival like Carmel, the team remains optimistic about the upcoming game.

“[The biggest challenge about playing Carmel is] the stigma that people put behind their name,” Trevor Lickfeldt (12) said. “In the state we’re ranked fifth and they aren’t even in the top ten, so we know we can beat them. It all matters whether or not everyone buys into the vision to beat them next Friday.”

The Rocks have had a successful season so far, with a 6-4 winning record, which shows in the confidence of the team. This group of players have a special bond because they’re competitive with each other but great friends too.

Running back Eli Patchett (12) is lifted up in celebration by offensive lineman Aidan Parker (12) after the game on Nov. 1. Photo courtesy of Kyle Atkisson.

“I expect a really good game, both teams have a lot of talent, but we’re confident because of our preparation and commitment to work hard because of how much we love one another,” Trevor Lickfeldt (12) said.

Quarterback Cam Simons (12) assured that the team will be victorious on Friday as well. “I feel very confident in how we’re playing right now, and I feel confident that we’ll get the job done on Friday,” Simons said.

The theme for the game will be “Christmas in November”, and showing school spirit is more important than ever. The game is crucial for advancing not only in the Sectionals Championship, but also the WishTV Zone 8 banner competition, which Carmel is not a part of this year. The school’s “Rock” students are encouraging students to come out with their most festive Christmas attire.

Dane Wheeler (12) celebrates after a forced fumble by the Rocks. Photo courtesy of Kyle Atkisson.

“[You] have to be there,” Harrison Kirsch (12) said. “We need people there, especially if we want a chance at the Zone 8 banner.”

The game is one of the most important of the season, so attendance is key to showing support for the team and motivating them to win. An anonymous source wants the student body to know that there will be Christmas “gifts” delivered to the student body to good boys and girls.

“The one thing the team wants out of the student body is for all 2,000 of you guys to come down to Carmel’s place and watch us get a victory,” Ross Kreig (12) said.

The Sectional 4 game will be held on Friday Nov. 8 at the Carmel High School stadium at 7 pm. Be there with your jingle bells on.

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