Sitting on top of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference is four teams (Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield) all staking a claim for the top spot with four weeks left in the season at 4-1. Yet at the Royals practice this week, the number of teams sitting in first place wasn’t the main number the players were focused on as practice winded down. Right before the team broke for the afternoon, all of the players, and Head Coach Scott May, were set on the number twenty-five. As in, the team, along with their coach, were doing twenty-five pushups together.
To no surprise, Coach May didn’t miss a single one.
“That is one way we always finish practice,” said Coach May with a smile. “We said we were going to do a little bit extra, and we always finish it up with twenty-five. That’s what Coach Moriarity used to do in Bloomington when I worked with him, and it’s something I’ve always done.”
The Royals are going to have to bring their coach’s intensity to the field Friday night, as Hamilton Southeastern hosts a very good Westfield squad in the Buffalo Wild Wings Game of the Week.
Hamilton Southeastern is having another standout year in 2013, having allowed just 32 points in their four victories and averaging 16.6 points per game. The team’s lone blemish came in a 51-31 loss to the Fishers Tigers in week two, but it seems as if the team has put that behind them as well as they possibly could have now entering week six. The Royals defeated Lafayette Jeff 42-22 last Friday night, with Senior running back Hunter Hardee finishing with three touchdowns and 193 yards on the night.
“It was a huge vote of confidence,” said Hardee about the victory. “Because we knew they were fast on both sides of the ball. We knew we had to come out, work hard, and get ready for what our jobs were on Friday night. I think we executed well, and I think we should be proud about it, but we are also looking forward to this Friday. It’s a big game.”
Hardee (7 touchdowns on the year) joins a Royals offense that is averaging 31.8 points per game and has multiple weapons that can rush the ball, including quarterback Tyler Janney (5 TDs) and Jamitreus Crockham (5 TD’s).
The Westfield Shamrocks, at least on paper, are very similar to their opponents on Friday night. They too are averaging above 30 points per game (30.8) and are holding offenses to just 19.2 points per game as well. But one thing for sure is that the Shamrocks are battle-tested entering Friday night, having three of their five games end in a one-possession ball game so far this season. Westfield is 2-1 in those games, including a 10-7 victory over Zionsville last Friday.
“Just from watching film, I know Jake (Westfield Head Coach Jake Gilbert) is doing a great job over there,” said May.
“The kids are believing right now over there I’m sure at 4-1. They have a good quarterback, (Devin) Reece over there is a good wide-out, but I think they have guys that go with him. They are not just throwing it to him, they are throwing it to other guys out there. I think they are a very-balanced offense. Defensively they just get after it. So it’s going to be a fun night. It’ll be homecoming, I’m sure they’ll bring a good crowd, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Make sure to check out the Buffalo Wild Wings tailgate before the game takes place on Friday night, as Fox59’s Jeremiah Johnson will be around with television cameras and free food prior to the game. And then at night, make sure to catch the Buffalo Wild Wings Game of the Week at 10:35 p.m.