ZIONSVILLE – After a solid 2-0 start to the Scott Turnquist era for Zionsville football Hoosier Crossroads Conference play brought a rude awakening to the Eagles Friday night.
Class 6A No. 10 rated Westfield came in to the league opener and thoroughly dominated on the ground.
The visiting Shamrocks (3-0, 1-0) rushed for 383 yards as a team and converted 26 first downs. Quarterback Sean Simons rushed for 152 of those yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries and added another 144 yards passing with a TD pass as Westfield cruised to a 51-24 win.
“They did a good job of taking some things that we were giving them and made adjustments to our adjustments,” said Turnquist of Westfield’s offense. “We knew what they wanted to do and they dictated it my playing really well up front.”
Officially, Westfield had 10 offensive possessions, but the final was a kneel down to end the game. The Shamrocks scored points on each of their first eight possessions as their offense was virtually unstoppable all night.
After forcing a punt Westfield marched 60 yards in 12 plays before Simons pushed to get a first down on 4th and goal from the Zionsville nine.
He found plenty of space over his left guard and went virtually untouched nine yards into the end zone to make it 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) were able to find an answer thanks to a long pass from Cole Wiseman to Dom Vechiarella. The duo hooked up for a 50-yard pass to the one-yard line and Colin Price scored from a yard out to make it 7-7 late in the first.
Westfield was able to go in front 21-7 thanks to a 54-yard touchdown pass to Dane Wheeler and a 3-yard run from Eli Patchett with 7:51 left in the second period. Zionsville cut it to 21-14 on a 15- yard pass to Trey Firestone with 5:02 left before halftime, but Westfield was able to drive for a field goal to make is 24-14 with 7 seconds left.
That’s when a key play happened for Zionsville. Taking over at its own 37 with 3 seconds left before halftime Zionsville nearly got a huge break. Price broke a 53-yard run and nearly scored before being tackled by the last man at the Westfield 10-yard line.
“in that situation they’re playing a prevent defense and we’re trying to take a chance on hitting something,” said Turnquist. “We just wanted to put the ball in Colin’s hands and even with 3-4 guys back deep he almost made something. You hope something breaks there for us but unfortunately it didn’t.”
The third quarter was almost all Westfield as the Shamrocks came out of the locker room and put the game away with 21 straight points in nine minutes. Micah Hauser scored on runs of 32 yards and 4 yards while Jack Pfeiffer had a 36-yard scoring run. By late in the third it was 45-14 Westfield and all but over.
Price had a great night on the ground for the Eagles. He finished with 253 yards on 26 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
“Colin is Colin and we know what he is going to bring to the table every night in terms of his attitude and his effort,” said Turnquist. “The guys around him did the same thing. The result doesn’t look like it, but our guys kept fighting and we’re going to get better from this.”
Zionsville travels to Franklin Central next Friday.