Westfield Football Playoff Journey

The Rocks Football Team looked to redeem their state championship loss in 2020 with another run in the IHSAA playoffs.

Sam Mefford

Sports Editor

November 30, 2021

After another great regular season for head coach Jake Gilbert and his Westfield Shamrocks Football team that ended with the Rocks finishing with an 8-1 regular season record, it was yet again time for the competitive IHSAA playoffs to commence.

Sectional Round One: @ Noblesville (2-7)

The Rocks, high off of a 14-point win against conference foe Franklin Central High School and a much-needed bye, drew the Noblesville Millers in the first-round sectional play. The Rocks, having beat Noblesville in the regular season by 27, were eager to once again dominate their cross-county rival.

In an incredibly ugly night weather-wise, the Millers were set to receive the opening kickoff, and they proceeded to go on a 9-minute opening drive, including a goal line score. Westfield was faced with some early adversity; however, they scored a quick touchdown on the next drive and never looked back. Westfield proceeded to score 7 straight touchdowns, ending the game with a 49-6 victory, and setting them up for a battle with a frisky Hamilton Southeastern team in the sectional championship.

Sectional Championship: vs Hamilton Southeastern (8-2)

The week leading up to the sectional championship did not lack any smack talk; the Westfield Rocks Boys and Barstool HSE accounts traded shots back and forth, both teams anticipating a close win. The HSE student section leaders even got a Cameo from Lavar Ball, father of NBA stars Lonzo and Lamelo Ball, cheering the Royals to victory. Westfield, however, remained undaunted.