Sep. 4—DOVER — It wasn't a great week of practice for the Western Boone football team leading into Friday night's match-up with Crawfordsville.
But once the lights turned on Friday night, the Stars were ready to go.
Western Boone jumped out to a 49-0 lead over Crawfordsville, and started Sagamore Conference play off with a 49-6 win over the Athenians.
"We struggled a little bit during the week, and our focused concerned me," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "The kids effort was there, but we were blowing fuses left and right. They turned it on tonight, but we have to have better weeks of preparation."
It was the Athenians' 14th-straight loss overall and 33rd in the last 35 meetings against a Sagamore Conference school.
And while the wins haven't been there for the Crawfordsville program, Pelley commended the work the Athenian players displayed on the field.
"I admire Crawfordsville, to be honest," Pelley said. "Their kids play really hard and that is tough to do. It's easier to play when you win, and when you are losing games and still come out and play with the effort they do — that's pretty admirable."
It didn't take long for the Stars' to grab control of the game.
Elliott Young connected with Garrett Morton on a 44-yard strike on the opening play, and after a Crawfordsville fumble, Young and Morton connected again from 26-yards out with 9:16 left in the opening quarter.
"We established the passing game tonight and Garrett Morton stepped up," Pelley said. "He's a playmaker, and with Elliott back there, he can spread it around. It was a great night for the passing game, and that is something we had to work on. There are some teams we will see down the road where we have to throw the ball."
Cannon Brunes (3-yards) and Ethan Bayles (4-yards) added touchdowns to make it 28-0 at the end of a quarter.
Young connected with Mitch Miller for an 11-yard score to make it 35-0, before Bayles scored to make it 42-0.
The Stars' capped their scoring with a 47-yard touchdown run from Mason Tomes with 3:48 left in the second quarter.
"It's very gratifying to see something like that," Pelley said of the Tomes' touchdown. "Mason runs hard and plays the scout team all the time, and that's why he got the chance — because I trust him. He has the speed to break one, and he did that tonight. It was really neat to see and our kids were very excited for him on the sideline."
The Stars host Tri-West next Friday night.
The Bruins topped the Stars 41-14 last year, in a game that turned into a turning point of the Stars' season.
Pelley said this year's game will be a big measuring stick for WeBo.
"I am excited for it and want to see if we have improved," Pelley said. "A lot of these guys are back from last year, and we are going to see if we are a better team right now with several of the same kids. We know what we're getting and they know what they're getting, so there won't be many secrets next Friday night."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.