Westfield beats Kokomo 45-7 in regional rematch


WESTFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) – The Westfield Shamrocks advanced to the Class 5A semi-state with a 45-7 win over the Kokomo Wildkats Friday night at Riverview Health Stadium in a regional rematch from 2015. A year ago, Kokomo won its first ever regional with a 21-19 win over Westfield. This year the Shamrocks held the Wildkats scoreless in the second half and blew the game open.

On the first series of the game, Kokomo punter Andrecus Eddington bobbled the snap and fumbled deep in his own end of the field. Griffin Pope scooped up the fumble and ran to the one yard line. Nathan Froelich scored on the next play, one on his two touchdowns.

Kokomo turned the ball over again later in the first quarter. Justin Frey intercepted Kyle Wade twice in three plays. Frey fumbled the ball right back to Kokomo on the return of his first interception. Two plays later, Frey stepped in front of another Wade pass. The second pick led to a Will Harrison field goal and a 10-0 Westfield lead.

Kokomo (8-3) scored its only touchdown on a 48-yard pass from Wade to Steven Edwards in the second quarter. Westfield stretched the lead to 17-7 on a 13-yard scoring pass just before halftime, Andy Sweet to Josue Gonzalez.

The Shamrocks scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

Westfield (10-2) is home again next Friday against top ranked and undefeated Fort Wayne Snider (12-0) for the semi-state. Columbus East plays at Bloomington South in the other semi-state.