WESTFIELD — Concord gave the football to Westfield on the first play of the game. The Minutemen never gave themselves a chance to win after that.
For the second straight season, the Minutemen saw a stellar football season end at the semistate level as the Shamrocks cruised to 35-3 Class 5A northern championship Friday, Nov. 22. Coach Jake Gilbert’s club will play Indianapolis Cathedral in its first state title game appearance since 1992.
When Trevor Wilmore’s pass on Concord’s opening snap sailed over its target and into the hands of Westfield safety Luke Peters, it set the tone for a 28-point first half by the Shamrocks.
“They were the better football team tonight, no doubt about it. We knew going into it that we were going to have to make plays and we weren’t able to do that,” Minutemen head coach Tim Dawson said. “You can’t start the game the way we started.”
Westfield (12-1) proved right away that it deserved the state’s No. 1 ranking with efficient — and quick — scoring drives. The Shamrocks scored on all four of their first-half possessions, including a blinding performance in their first three drives.
Using just 14 snaps, Westfield marched 188 yards and used just 3:32 off the clock for a fast 21-3 advantage.
“We had no answer defensively for them in the first half,” Dawson said. “They came down the field, took it right down the field and scored.”
Elvis Caldwell, a bruising junior halfback, pounded his way to three touchdowns and 142 rushing yards for the Rocks, while quarterback Nick Ferrer hit his first 13 passes for 171 yards and a 38-yard TD strike to Nick Henderson.
Concord’s lone points came on a 30-yard field by Ryan Tepe which made it 7-3 midway into the first quarter.
But Wilmore and the offense was pressured by a fierce Westfield front and struggled from start to finish.
“They were the better football team. No doubt about it,” Dawson said. “The defense didn’t make some plays. No excuses. I want our kids to realize it was still a great year, a great job, a legacy for our program. “We won some championships. They’ll be able to reflect on that.”
Class 5A Semistate
Westfield 35, Concord 3
Scoring by Quarters
Concord 3 0 0 0 — 3
Westfield 14 14 7 0 — 35
School — Scoring Play
WF — Elvin Caldwell 4 run; Nick Dowd kick, 10:13. Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards, 1:13.
Con — Ryan Tepe 30 field goal, 5:08. Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:05.
WF — Nick Henderson 38 pass from pass Nick Ferrer; Dowd kick, 4:29. Drive: 3 plays, 60 yards, :39.
WF — Caldwell 3 run; Dowd kick, 10:12. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards, 1:40.
WF — Ferrer 1 run; Dowd kick, 2:02. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 4:01.
WF — Caldwell 6 run; Dowd kick, 5:38. Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, 3:14.
Officials:Matt Hopper, Jay Slater, PJ Pitts, Rick Gentry, Mike Stoffers.
Team Statistics Con WF
Net yards rushing 93 163
Net yards passing 101 171
Total Yards 194 334
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-1
Penalties 7-50 9-90
Concord: Rushing — Jackson Marlow 13-66, Chris Martin 4-26, Trevor Wilmore, 14-(minus) 18. Passing — Wilmore 12-30-101 (1 int.). Receiving — Adam Glanders 4-61, Matt Wilmore 3-22, Jarrell Pointdexter 3-15, Martin2-8, Marlow 1-(minus) 5. Fumble recovery: Brandon Thomas.
Westfield: Rushing — Elvin Caldwell 19-142, Brandon Krasnick 3-10, Adam Horkay 3-9, Nick Ferrer 4-7, Julian Lytle 2-2, Drew Neustifter 1-(minus) 6. Passing — Ferrer 13-16-171 (0 int.). Receiving — Ben Lotfalian 5-54, Devin Reece 4-43, Nick Henderson 3-70, Caldwell 1-4. Interception: Luke Peters. Fumble recoveries: Dan Liebbe 2.