WEST LEBANON -- After each win this season, the West Lafayette football team avoided talk of a Week 9 game against Central Catholic for the Hoosier Conference title.
The Red Devils can talk about it now.
Amen Galley had three touchdowns and 94 rushing yards in the absence of Maurice Woodard, and 3A No. 1 West Lafayette (8-0) cruised past Seeger 63-0 Friday night.
"There's been a lot about this game anyway and we're just ready to play it," senior lineman Quentin Lewis said. "I think both teams will come out ready. We've got something to win and we're going to try to win it the best we can."
West Lafayette's tune-up for next Friday's battle of unbeaten No. 1-ranked teams resulted in the Red Devils' third shutout of the season and the most points scored since Marshall Overley became head coach 11 years ago.
"The last few weeks we haven't done very well on offense and we showed that we can do what we want to do," Lewis said.
A bad snap put WL in a third-and-24 situation on its first drive, but Sean Busch found Adam Folta for 23 yards. On fourth down, Busch converted on a QB sneak. The following play resulted in a Galley 5-yard TD run.
"With Woodard not playing, it was kind of sad because that's my companion," Galley said. "We're always trying to duke it out and see who can outdo the other, but today he wasn't playing."
Daniel Allen. On the Patriots' senior night, Seeger's 5-foot-8, 196-pound bulldozer of a fullback rushed 27 times for 107 yards and helped lead a 13-play drive following Galley's first score.
Thomas Deranek ended the drive when he picked off Khole Stephen in the end zone. The next play Busch hit Ben Waters in stride for an 80-yard TD and the rout was on.
"I really thought they were going to score and Thomas came down with that," Lewis said. "Then we threw the ball and it was over from there. It just seemed like the game was ours after that."
Deranek ended the night with two interceptions, the second coming with 42 seconds left in the first half. Deranek's second pick led to Folta catching a 42-yard bomb from Busch as time expired, putting WL ahead 35-0.
Folta returned a squib kick 78 yards for a touchdown to begin the second half and Richard Trimble, Parker Ronchetto and Austin Dienhart all scored rushing TDs in the second half. Ronchetto, the junior varsity sophomore QB, rushed for 80 yards on four carries, including a 54-yarder on his TD, helping the Red Devils average 8.5 yards per carry (279 yards on 33 carries).
"The offensive line blocked real well," said Galley, who scored twice on the ground and once on a screen pass. "It's fun when you have those open lanes and nobody else is out there. I just tried to reach the end zone as fast as I can."
Other than Allen, Seeger (3-4) gained just 23 yards on 16 carries. Starting quarterback Stephen led the team in receiving with 33 yards.
Folta and Waters combined for 161 receiving yards on just five catches. Busch, who played only the first half, was 6-for-9 for 178 yards and three scores.
And now WL can mention the words Central Catholic.
"Some of the running game we had and the first downs we got were things we set as goals," Overley said. "I think it gave them some confidence because we have some kind of football game next week."