By Will Willems
New Market —
When it comes to sectional football, it doesn’t matter how pretty it looks, just as long as your team is on top when the final horn sounds.
Class 3A No. 6 Western Boone did just that Friday night, topping host and conference rival Southmont 12-8 in extremely sloppy field conditions to advance to the sectional championship.
“Southmont played its butts off and so did our guys,” Western Boone head coach Jed Richman said. “Both teams were playing to stay alive. The field was in bad shape, but our guys continued to hustle and make plays.”
Western Boone took over at its own 34 with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Stars then held the ball for the next 8:24, capping a 16-play drive on a 1-yard run by Cameron Cline to reclaim the lead at 12-8 with 4:28 to play in the game.
“That was a heck of a drive by the offense,” Richman said. “The lineman did a great job of protecting and creating holes. Neil Black, Ryan Borders, Wil Gosser. Tyler Hale, Cody Boone, and Conrad Mitchell (who came in when Hale went down for a couple of plays) made some great blocks. We had guys make plays. You have to tip your hat to our kids — they don’t quit.”
The drive nearly ended seven plays before the touchdown.
McMann’s pass to Kameron Humphreys should have been picked by Ryan Richardson on a second-and-15 from the Southmont 33.
The Stars used the most of the second chance when McMann found Riggs Baxter for eight yards on third down, then completed a fourth-down pass for nine yards to Logan Wethington to keep the drive alive.
“We weren’t getting those breaks in the first three quarters,” Richman said. “We had a little pow-wow at halftime and the theme was that we weren’t going down like that. We were leaving plays on the field and in the second half we made a few plays and it was enough.”
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.