In just three seasons at the helm of the Western Boone football program, Jed Richman has quickly made his mark.
In his first season, the Stars lost in the sectional final to the eventual state champion Bishop Chatard and since then he lost just three games as they head into sectional play next week as one of the favorites to make a deep tourney run.
Maybe just as importantly, Richman was able to stay perfect against the Stars cross county rival, the Lebanon Tigers. Friday night they hung on to a 32-21 victory that guarantees them a share of the Sagamore Conference crown.
“I think it shows where our programs at,” Richman said. “It is a credit to our seniors. They took a chance on a new, young coach and there were doubters out there. There were also doubters about them as a class. But back-to-back 8-1 regular seasons is not a fluke.”
The win, coupled with Danville’s 40-35 victory against Tri-West, gave Western Boone a share of its first conference title since 1998.
“I am awfully proud of our guys,” Richman said. “Win or lose I just wanted to get better this week and we did. The loss to Tri-West stung, but we have come together and gotten better.”
Right from the opening kickoff the ‘Stars’ seemed to be aligning as WeBo fumbled the opening kickoff and the ball bounced right into the arms of senior L.V. Bowden who scooped it up and advanced the ball out past midfield.
From there senior quarterback C.J. McMann led his troops 41 yards in seven plays as Bowden got to finish it off on a screen pass from McMann. It was a 13-yard connection in which Bowden used his blockers out in front and weaved his way through the Tiger defense for the opening score. The extra point was no good, but gave the Stars a 6-0 lead just three minutes into the game.
While the Western Boone offense was off to a quick start, Lebanon’s seemed to be stuck on the starting block. Three of their first four plays were of the negative variety as a mishandled snap, a sack, and then an interception had WeBo looking to go up by two scores. The interception by Garrett Alexander came as the defensive end seemed to read the play and drop off the line into Isaac Harker’s passing lane. Alexander returned the pick down to the Tiger 5-yardline where McMann promptly ran it in on the very next play. This time they failed on the 2-point try, but still held the 12-0 lead with 1:39 left in the opening frame.
For more of this story, ready Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.