WESTFIELD – A year ago, Jake Gilbert’s team found themselves well on the outside looking in.
By the time the state championship games were played at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012, his Westfield team was already a month into the offseason after a first round loss to Noblesville.
It’s that fact that makes Friday night so much more special for Gilbert, his players and the many fans who packed Westfield’s football stadium for a Semi State football game played in late November. Eleven wins brought them to this game against Concord-where a victory would send them to the Class 5A championship game against Cathedral.
They weren’t about to let this incredible turnaround end there.
With a burst of offense and opportunistic defense, the Shamrocks ran all over the visiting Minutemen early in a 35-3 Semi State victory on Friday night. Gilbert’s team outscored Concord by 25 points in the first half to send this comeback team to state.
Elvin Caldwell led the way for the Shamrocks on the ground with three rushing touchdowns including two in the first half that sparked the route. He had a three-yard score to open the game after the Shamrocks picked off Concord’s first pass of the game. After the Minutemen responded with a field goal, Westfield quarterback Nick Ferrer then hit Nick Henderson for a touchdown pass on a fake reverse to make it 14-3 after the first quarter.
Caldwell would add to that score in the second when he ended a long drive with a four-yard score to make it 21-3. After using his passing to work the Shamrocks down the field later in the quarter, Ferrer completed another touchdown drive with a sneak touchdown on fourth down to make it 28-3.
In the second half Caldwell would seal it with his third touchdown on the day as Westfield’s remarkable turnaround continues to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Click on the videos below to check out highlights of the Shamrocks win and other results from around the state during Semi State Friday.