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Webb uses wing-T attack to whip BHS; four in a row
Walker pounds Bearden in 35-6 Spartan blowout

The Bearden Bulldogs spent all week preparing for the deceptive wing-T offensive formation of Webb School.

However, that didn’t slow down the quick and powerful Spartan rushing attack too much.

The Webb offense gained 284 yards on the ground as the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 35-6, dropping Bearden’s overall record to 1-4.

It is also Webb’s fourth consecutive victory against Bearden — all four at BHS.

Highly touted fullback Ryan Walker led the way for the Spartans (5-1 record) by gaining 124 yards on 17 carries. That including a 45-yard touchdown scamper on the first drive of the game.

Dean Smith broke free for two touchdown runs and Evan Smith added a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Spartans.

“They have hard runners that do an excellent job of following those pulling lineman and reading blocks and that’s exactly what they did,” BHS head coach Paul Maynard said of the talented Spartan running backs.

Webb’s wing-T formation is something that Maynard said is hard to prepare for. “You can’t simulate it in practice, you can simulate the action but you can’t simulate the speed they are playing with,” Maynard said. “They executed, that’s something that we don’t face but one time a year, they executed almost to perfection.”

Webb’s only pass of the game was completed for a 14 yard touchdown when Spartan quarterback Tom Dolinak found Charlie Seivers in the corner of the end zone.

The tone of the game was set early as Webb jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, forcing Bearden to try and play catch-up.

“Against a team like Webb, you can’t get down 21 points and come back and beat them,” Maynard said. “We made mistakes early that took us out of the game, we self-destructed.”

BHS junior defensive end Jordan Maynard said he was impressed with the Webb wing-T. “Their offense is hard to go against. We just came out and didn’t know what to do the first couple series, and they got a big lead on us.”

The Spartan defense also was stellar, limiting Bearden to 158 yards of total offense.

Senior tailback Rico Goins led the way for Bearden with 51 yards on the ground. The Bulldog air-attack also proved to be ineffective as heavy pressure by the Spartan defense allowed junior quarterback Eric Pickle to complete only two of his 12 pass attempts for 10 yards.

Webb also forced two critical interceptions, each killing potential BHS scoring drives.

The Bulldogs’ only points of the game came on an 89-yard drive in the third quarter that was capped off by a 7-yard touchdown run by tailback Iiran Rogers.

Ward Houston, the team’s leading tackler with 48 on the season, led the way on defense for the Bulldogs Friday with 10 tackles.

“Webb just took it at us, they played awfully well,” coach Maynard said. “I think we played fairly hard, we just needed to react better. We were sitting back instead of reacting.”

Coach Maynard added that it’s hard to look back at this game and find things to improve on because the wing-T is so different from any other team’s offense.

Jordan Maynard added: “We are just going to put this one behind us and look forward to the next game.”

Bearden’s next game is Friday in a key Region 1-5A battle in Johnson City against Science Hill. Opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


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