Fishers, Westfield take care of business for conference crowns

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BROWNSBURG – In a competitive Hoosier Crossroads Conference, the two best teams needed to do what they were expected to do to be a champion.

Fishers, 7-1 on the season, needed to beat Brownsburg, who has struggled to a 3-5 record in 2013. Also 7-1, Westfield needed to be at Lafayette Jeff team that has lost it’s last six games.

In the end, something that seemed a certainty wasn’t that way for either the Tigers or the Bulldogs in the first half of their respective season finales on Friday night. But each team pulled away in the second half to come home with victories and share the Crossroads Conference title.

Fishers beat Brownsburg 41-17 on the road while Westfield upended Lafayette Jeff 38-14.

The Tigers wasted no time getting out to a big lead in the first half as they scored three times in 14 minutes. Connor Christiansen opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Freeh, who put the ball over the pylon for the score and a 7-0 lead. J-Shun Harris added to it later in the first when he returned a punt 62-yards for the touchdown as the Tigers took a 13-0 lead after the extra point was blocked.

Christiansen went to the air early in the second quarter and found John Williams for a touchdown from six-yards out to make it 20-0. Brownsburg wouldn’t lay down and rallied back for 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to cut the Fishers lead to three. But the Tigers added another touchdown before the half and two more in the final 24 minutes to seal a conference-clinching win.

Lafayette Jeff actually grabbed an early lead against Westfield thanks to Darian Green, who broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run to give the Bronchos a 7-0 advantage. But that would be as good as it would get for the home team as the Shamrocks woke up after that. Elvin Caldwell was the catalyst as he scored two quick touchdowns around a field goal to give Westfield a 17-7 lead.

They would add three more touchdowns before their were done to lock up a share of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship.

Westfield now has a unique bye week in the 2013 IHSAA Playoffs as the Class 5A Tournament doesn’t begin until November 1st, when the Shamrocks face West Lafayette Harrison in Sectional 11 play. Fishers, meanwhile, will have to take the field next Friday as they open up Sectional 4 play at Noblesville.