Lebanon Reporter

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August 18, 2012

Quick-strike Western Boone tops Sheridan 28-6

Sheridan — It is a rare occurrence to defeat Sheridan twice in a row.

In fact, since 2003 it has only happened four times (by Hamilton Heights, Guerin Catholic, Rensselaer Central and West Lafayette).

Now Western Boone can be added to the list.

The Class 3A No. 10 Stars jumped out to a 28-0 lead at the half and cruised to a 28-6 over the Class 1A No. 3 Blackhawks.

“It feels good,” Western Boone head coach Jed Richman said. “We have the utmost respect for Sheridan and for me as a young coach, I look at coach (Bud) Wright with a lot of admiration and respect. The

kids did a great job and the coaches did a great job; I thought Travis Brunes did a great job with the defense. We have a lot of two-ways plays that did a nice job and gutted it out in a physical game.”

For the second-straight season, the Stars scored on the opening play from scrimmage.

Last year, C.J. McMann connected with Thomas Garrity on a 64-yard score. This year it went one yard further, with McMann executing a perfect play-action pass and finding a wide open Riggs Baxter for a

65-yard score.

The Stars made it 8-0 when McMann shoveled a pass to Cameron Cline for the two-point conversion.

“It was just execution,” Richman said. “The coaches do a nice job of game-planning and C.J. McMann has ice in his veins. Not a lot of quarterbacks and step in and do that. Then we got a sophomore in Riggs Baxter who was all over the place tonight. I am really proud him. The protection from the o-line was there. They were much improved from the scrimmage last Friday. We had a gut-check this week and they did a really nice job.”

The defense continued the momentum, as McMann intercepted Sam Zachery on the third-play from scrimmage.

After WeBo didn’t score, Baxter intercepted Zachery on the next drive, setting up a four play scoring drive that was capped by a McMann four-yard run to make it 15-0 with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter. Sheridan turned it over on downs at the Stars’ 14 on its next possession, and appeared like they were going to get the ball back with good field position when they had the Stars backed up 3rd-and-14 from their 10.

But McMann and Baxter connected again, this time for a 90-yard touchdown to make it 22-0.

Baxter finished the game with four catches for 167 yards and the two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense.

For more of this story, read Saturday’s Lebanon Reporter.

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