Crawfordsville — If there was any question about how the Western Boone football team would respond to a loss, it didn't last very long.
The Stars scored early and often Friday night against Crawfordsville, routing the Athenians 55-9 to improve to 3-1 and 1-1 in the Sagamore Conference.
"We needed this win after losing a dog fight to Frankfort last week," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "Crawfordsville has some dangerous players too, they are more dynamic than people realize. But our defense played really well. We moved a couple of guys around and they played well and I thought Garrett Alexander had a great game defensively. We played well in all facets of the game."
For the second-straight week, the Stars' defense held an opponent to less than 120 yards of total offense.
After Crawfordsville only racked up 52 yards in the first half, the Stars defense was actually better in the second half, holding them to negative seven yards of offense on their first four possessions of the second half.
It was only against the Stars' second-stringers that Crawfordsville's first-team offense got anything going, scoring on a 67-yard drive when the score was 55-3. The Athenians finished with just 112 yards of offense.
"The defense is the heart and soul of our team," Pelley said. "They are a veteran group and Travis Brunes does a great job getting them ready to go each week. We really locked down on our passing defense. We were excited for the secondary to get a chance to play against the pass because our first three games have all been against downhill running teams. The defense did a great job tonight."
Western Boone took the opening kickoff and went 64 yards in eight plays, scoring on a 5-yard run by Logan Wethington.
After a three-and-out by Crawfordsville, the Stars went right back to work, this time using a 12 play drive to score on a 3-yard run by Cameron Cline. Cline carried the ball of the final six plays of the drive.