Lebanon Reporter

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September 15, 2013

Stars get back on track with blowout of Crawfordsville


Western Boone tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff that was recovered by Crawfordsville. The Athenians got the ball down to the 8 yardline, but the Stars' defense held them to a 27-yard field goal to make the score 14-3.

It didn't take long for momentum to go back to the Stars.

On the second-play of the next drive, Wethington found Riggs Baxter on a crossing route and Baxter out-ran the Athenian defense for a 63-yard touchdown.

After the teams punted on the next three possessions, Western Boone added one more tally before the half when Cline scored from a yard out to make it 28-3 at the halftime break.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts in the third quarter. After a controversial stop of the Stars on WeBo's opening drive of the second half, the Athenians had a short punt to their own 38.

From there, it took just three plays for WeBo to score on a 16-yard run by Baxter. Crawfordsville fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Stars capitalized when Baxter scored two plays later to make it 42-3.

Cline scored his third touchdown of the game from 38 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter. Zach Martin finished off the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run later in the final quarter.

Wethington finished the game 7-of-11 passing for 166 yards and a touchdown. He added 59 yards rushing.

Cline led the Stars rushing attack with 104 yards and the three touchdowns. Nathanial Bye added 64 yards rushing on just five carries, and Baxter had 50 yards on five carries.

Pelley was extremely happy with the offense — especially contributions from players such as Bye who haven't had their breakout game quite yet.

"It is huge," Pelley said. "We also had a big night in the passing game. But we got a couple of really big runs by Nathanial. He is still learning some stuff because we are having him do somethings that he has never done before. We are playing a lot of sophomores that are doing good things. We are just asking them to continue to learn and grow."

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