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HS football: Hamilton SE hangs on to hand Westfield its first loss

Hamilton Southeastern defenders swarm Westfield's ball carrier in a narrow Royals' win Friday night.

Hamilton Southeastern defenders swarm Westfield’s ball carrier in a narrow Royals’ win Friday night.

WESTFIELD — Entering Friday’s contest against Westfield, a potent Hamilton Southeastern offense averaged 30.5 points through four games. Westfield’s stingy defense, meanwhile, had only allowed opponents an average of eight points per game.

Offense trumped defense on Friday, as the Class 6A eighth-ranked Royals outlasted the Class 5A No. 3 Shamrocks 21-20. It was Westfield’s first loss of the season.

It didn’t take long for Hamilton Southeastern to show its offensive prowess.

The Royals struck first on an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Mullett to wide receiver Carter Lohman.

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The Shamrocks jumped on the board later in the first quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Will Harrison to trim the deficit to 7-3. Late in the second, Westfield added a touchdown on an Andy Sweet 11-yard toss to wideout Evan Manley to take a 10-7 halftime lead.

Near the end of the third quarter, the Royals regained the lead 14-10 on 3-yard run by Mullett. But the Shamrocks answered right back, going up 17-14 on a 29-yard touchdown scamper by Nate Froelich.

A late interception by Westfield defensive back Lucas Schultz then set up a 44-yard field goal by Harrison, extending the Shamrocks’ lead to 20-14.

But Mullett saved his best for last, leading Hamilton Southeastern downfield on an impressive drive, thanks to some key throws to Lohman.

“Whoever was open I was just going to get it to,” Mullett said. “If there was a shot downfield, I would’ve liked to take it. Basically we were just trying to be as efficient as possible.”

With under a minute left, Mullett capped off the drive by finding wide receiver Max Brooks for a 21-yard score that put his team up 21-20.

“It’s our 2-minute drill. We practice it all the time,” said Royals coach Scott May. “We put together a nice drive there. We knew we had no timeouts.”

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Westfield quickly moved the ball to midfield, and with 8 seconds remaining in the game – and holding a timeout – it seemed like the Shamrocks had enough time to run a play to get in field-goal range.

Sweet kept the ball on a quarterback draw and gained enough yards for a long field-goal attempt, but the clock hit zero as he was tackled. The referees conferred and determined the clock had run out, preventing Westfield from getting a timeout and field-goal attempt.

Hamilton Southeastern (4-1) will host Zionsville next week, while Westfield (4-1) will face Brownsburg on the road.

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 21, WESTFIELD 20

Hamilton SE

7

0

7

7

21

Westfield

3

7

0

10

20

HSE – Carter Lohman 80 pass from Adam Mullett (Tyler Melser kick)

W – Will Harrison 23 FG

W – Evan Manley 11 pass from Andy Sweet (Harrison kick)

HSE – Mullett 3 run (Melser kick)

W – Nate Froelich 29 run (Harrison kick)

W – Harrison 44 FG

HSE – Max Brooks 21 pass from Mullett (Mesler kick)

 

HSE

W

First downs

14

18

Total Net Yards

 

215

Rushes-Yards

 

43-163

Passing

 

152

Comp-Att-Int

 

13-25-0

Punts-Average

 

5-42.6

Fumbles-Lost

 

1-0

Penalties-Yards

 

8-131

FG Cmp-Att

1-1

2-4

Rushing – Hamilton Southeastern, Jackson Sweeney 0-00, Trey Poore 0-00, Mullett 0-0. Westfield, Froelich 25-123, Sweet 4-22, Johnny Swidan 14-18.

Passing – Hamilton Southeastern, Mullett 00-00-0 000. Westfield, Sweet 13-25-1 152.

Receiving – Hamilton Southeastern, Lohman 0-00, Sweeney 0-00, Brooks 0-0, Nick Mutchner 0-00, Matt Klink 0-0. Westfield, Swidan 4-56, Pettijohn 2-30, Manley 4-29, Hayden Russell 1-20, Clint Hostler 1-10, Froelich 1-7.

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