Photo by Will WillemsRiggs Baxter
Photo by Will Willems

Riggs Baxter
LIZTON-The odds were stacked against Western Boone Friday night when they traveled to Lizton to face the Class 3A No. 8 Tri-West Bruins.

The No. 9 Stars were without three starters who play on both sides of the ball, were facing a tough Tri-West team on homecoming and had to deal with numerous questionable calls go against them.

Western Boone hung tough throughout the game, but ultimately fell to Tri-West 20-13.

"I am super happy with our kids," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "They fought hard. This was a good football game. The conditions were not ideal for either team. They like to throw it around so it took them out of their gameplan a little bit and it took us out of ours. Both teams fought really hard and they just got us tonight."

The loss was the first of the season for Western Boone, dropping them to 6-1 and 4-1 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference. The Bruins are now 6-1 as well, but 5-0 in the Sagamore.

Western Boone struck first in the game, when Riggs Baxter ran for a 75-yard touchdown on the Stars' first play of their second drive.

That was one of the few offensive bright spots for the Stars, who finished with just 185 yards of total offense.

Tri-West bounced back with two scores in the second quarter.

Wes Cook capped an 11-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to tie the game, on a drive that was aided by two questionable personal foul penalties.

After Western Boone fumbled three plays later, the Bruins capitalized with a 9-yard Cook run.

Pelley said it was hit and miss on the day for the Stars responding to adversity.

Neither team scored on their opening drive of the second half and Western Boone punted on their second drive of the second stanza. The punt was muffed by the Bruins' return man and recovered by Jeremy Tuck on the Bruins 15.

Three plays later Jack Gilliam ran it in from two yards out to make the score 14-13. The Stars went for two and it appeared like Baxter scored the try, but he was ruled short.

Gilliam has started at quarterback for the injured Nathanial Bye the past two weeks. He finished Friday with 47 yards passing.

Western Boone forced a 3-and-out on the Bruins next possession, but fumbled on the second play of the ensuing drive to give the Bruins the ball deep in Star territory.

Two more WeBo personal foul penalties brought the ball to the five, and two plays later Cook (22 carries, 160 yards) scored to give Tri-West a 20-13 lead seconds into the fourth quarter.

Baxter led the Stars with 96 yards on 10 carries. The rest of the team combined for 42 on 31 carries.