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Undefeated Brownsburg responds to early challenge, defeats Westfield for "tough win"

Bulldogs improve to 6-0 with 31-14 victory against visiting Westfield

By Phillip B. Wilson

BROWNSBURG — Westfield arrived unfazed by the daunting task of facing Indiana’s No. 1-ranked Class 6A team on the road as the Shamrocks drove 80 yards against Brownsburg on the opening series to score the game’s first touchdown Friday night.

The Bulldogs’ homecoming crowd was stunned into silence.

When Brownsburg finally woke up midway through the second quarter, the game turned decidedly in one direction as the unbeaten Bulldogs responded with touchdowns on back-to-back series, then eventually pulled away for a 31-14 Hoosier Crossroads Conference victory.

“It was a tough win,” said Bulldogs senior quarterback Jayden Whitaker. “Their record doesn’t show it, but they’re a really good team. We didn’t play our greatest, we know we have room to improve, but overall a win like that boosts confidence.”

Senior running back Caleb Marcus got the Bulldogs even with a 5-yard TD run, Nick Cloyd intercepted a pass on the next Westfield offensive play, and Brownsburg methodically drove 24 yards with six rushes in seven plays, the last junior running back Garrett Sherrell diving in from the 1 to make it 14-7 with 3:35 remaining in the first half.

“Sometimes, the other team plays well and makes you not play well,” said Brownsburg seventh-year coach John Hart. “They took advantage of what we didn’t do. Then our kids reacted. The interception by Nick Cloyd was one of the real big plays. But our whole defense adjusted. I’m proud of them.”

Westfield (3-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play), which had started so impressively with senior quarterback Cole Ballard’s 23-yard TD pass to junior tight end Max Nosler, didn’t score again until near the end, when sophomore Kendall Garnett returned a kickoff 98 yards for the game’s final score.

“We’re a fast-paced team,” Hart said. “When we get into rhythm, we’re pretty special.”

The No. 2 team in the SBLive Indiana Power 25 rankings, Brownsburg (6-0, 4-0) closed the first half with a Bryce Patterson sack near midfield.

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“We knew we were a better team and they got lucky,” Patterson said of his defense allowing the initial score. “We just came back with a better attitude, we played physical, and we got it done. We knew our offense was going to score. Don’t let ‘em score again and we’ll be alright.”