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September 23, 2013

Eagles offense sputters against Shamrocks

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Starting from the Zionsville 45, the Shamrocks needed just six plays to score on a 2-yard run by Elvin Caldwell. The key play of the drive was a third-and-12 from the 40, when quarterback Nick Ferrer found Ben Lotfalian for a 25-yard gain.

As well as the defense played all game, McWhorter said they had some miscues at inopportune times.

“We had a little let down there at the end and that was an absolute killer,” McWhorter said. “They exploited a few things in the last drive. That was a heart breaker.”

Zionsville got themselves back in the game on the next drive.

A Cole Wendt 40-yard run on the third play of the ensuing drive got the ball down into Westfield territory. After a 14-yard Wendt gain on the next play, Zionsville went into its bag of tricks, using a halfback pass from Ben Kocher to Nick Maines to get down to the Shamrock 5.

Two plays later Wendt scored to make it 10-7.

“That was great, but we can’t wait that long to score in this league,” McWhorter said. “They owned us, particularly on first downs. I bet we had negative yards on first down.”

Zionsville forced a three-and-out on Westfield’s next possession and got the ball back on their own 33 with 2:24 left.

The Eagles had a positive play on first down, gaining nine yards on a pass from Josh Hinkle to Maines, but after a run for no gain and a fumbled snap, the Eagles faced fourth-and-7 with just under a minute left.

Hinkle’s pass to Kocher was incomplete and the Eagles fell to 2-3.

Next up for the Eagles is a match-up with West Lafayette Harrison.

The Raiders are 0-5 this season and haven’t won since Sept. 10, 2010.

McWhorter said the kids have to dig deep after back-to-back losses.

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