By Will Willems
Earlier in the week when looking ahead to Friday night’s sectional championship match-up, Western Boone head football coach Jed Richman said they would have to limit the big plays of the Huskies in order to win.
It ended up being too tall an order for the Stars’ defense. Hamilton Heights had seven plays of more than 20 yards and scored 39 unanswered points to defeat Western Boone 52-16.
“It is tough,” Richman said. “I told my wife today that I wasn’t worried about losing, but I didn’t want to stop coaching these seniors, or this team for that matter. We had our chances early; the kids were making plays, they just made a few more than us.”
Western Boone took the opening kick-off and marched 66 yards in 13 plays down to the Hamilton Heights 4-yard line, but had to settle for a 21-yard Dakoda Bryson field goal to make it 3-0 with 5:26 left in the first quarter.
Hamilton Heights came right back, when Corey Beck found Landon Cunningham for a 53-yard touchdown pass on third-and-8.
After a Western Boone punt, the Stars had a chance to steal momentum right back, when Gage Veach intercepted a Beck pass and returned it to the Huskies’ 10, but Western Boone was forced to settle for a 30-yard field goal attempt, which missed wide right.
“We just didn’t capitalize early when we had chances,” Richman said. “The kids came out, we kicked the field goal and we couldn’t build on it.”
The Huskies took advantage of the miss quickly. Conner Faulkner ran for 25 yards on the first play of the next series, then Beck connected with Grant Weatherford for 35 yards down to the WeBo 20.
Four plays later, Faulkner scored the first of his three touchdowns to put the Huskies up 13-3.
It took only two plays for Western Boone to cut into the lead.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.