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Another big kicker stop helps Webb whip ACHS

History repeated itself in more than one way during the Webb School of Knoxville Spartans Friday, Sept. 8, in a 21-6 home win over Anderson County.

This game marked the second year in a row the Spartans (3-1 record) overcame the Mavericks, but this game marked the second time this season Spartan kicker Steve Ball served as the last line of defense against an opposing team.

The first quarter of the game saw both teams moving the ball up and down the field, but neither team was able to get into scoring position. Webb head coach David Meske later expressed frustration his team didn’t perform better in the first half of the game.

“I was pretty disappointed in our first half,” he said. “We didn’t execute on offense the way we know how to do. We should have turned it over more. These guys have been taught what to do and they should have done it more.”

Meske said the injuries of senior A.J. Kirby Jones and sophomore Joseph Ayres also contributed to the team’s play. Both players suffered injuries to the medial collateral ligament. There was no word as of press deadline as to how long those injuries could keep them off the field.

One of the highlights of the first quarter was a 28-yard by Derek Boyce. But the Spartans were penalized for holding, wiping out the run. By the end of the first quarter, Webb had made no first downs and ACHS only one.

The beginning of the second quarter belonged to the Mavericks. With eight minutes remaining in the half, Maverick Chad Coleman took it in to score first blood against the Spartans, but ACHS missed the extra-point.

With a little more than seven minutes remaining in the half, the Spartans receive the ball on their own 46. They execute a series of trap plays in which senior fullback Chad Manning moves the ball up to the Maverick 39 yard line.

According to Webb team statistician Arthur Long, Manning was lead rusher for the game with a total of 16 carries for 108 yards. He was also lead tackler with at least 10 tackles to his credit.

“The linemen work real hard to make the openings for me,” Manning said after the game. “I just keep working my legs and push through as much as I can.”

Manning and senior running back Bo Johnson carried in a series of plays as Webb made its way to the Maverick goal line. Quarterback Blake Beeler‘s 1-yard touchdown run came with three minutes left in the half. Ball converted to put Webb up 7-6.

On the kickoff return, Maverick Rogers managed to weave his way through Spartans until only Ball remained between him and the goal line. For the second time this season, Ball stopped a potentially disastrous run.

“When that happened, I was thinking I had to make a play,” Ball said after the game. “I wanted to wrap him up.”

Ball made a similar play during the season opener against West.

Mavericks moved the ball to the Webb 20, but on 4th-and-3 and 21 seconds left on the clock, Anderson County missed a field-goal attempt.

The Spartans came to life during the second half. Junior running back Brandt Campbell scored one touchdown and Beeler scored another.

Johnson ended with six carries for 42 yards and Campbell had four for 57. Senior runningback Tom Ergen had four carries for 24 yards and junior runningback Derek Boyce had eight for 87.


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