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Spartans edge by BGA for first division win

FRANKLIN — The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans earned a much-needed win Friday night as they defeated the Battle Ground Academy Wildcats 28-23.

This game marked the first Division II-AA victory for the Spartans, who now stand 1-2 in the division and 4-2 overall.

Senior A.J. Kirby Jones and sophomore Joseph Ayres returned to the field in this game following injuries, a much needed boost to the Spartan offense and defensive line.

“I think we ran the ball real well,” said Webb head coach David Meske. “Our defense did better than the last game.”

The game against the Wildcats turned out to be the last one for senior fullback Chad Manning. Manning suffered a broken ankle in the second half. Team statistician Arthur Long said Manning went out fighting with 19 carries for 103 yards.

Lead rusher for the game against the Wildcats was Brandt Campbell, with 16 carries for 171 yards and three touch downs.

Derek Boyce carried 17 times for 99 yards and one touchdown. Bo Johnson had four carries for seven yards.

For the game against BGA, the Spartans had a total of 372 yards rushing on 56 carries and 16 first downs for an average of 41.5 yards.

Meske said the Spartans are going to have to adjust their defense and work on their tackling. “We gave up a couple of big plays and you just can’t give up big plays,” he said.

They are also going to have to avoid making critical mistakes and earning penalties.

“We had a couple of penalties and a coverage mistakes at the end of the game,” Meske said. “You can’t make those mistakes.”

Zack Dickson continued to quarterback for Webb this game as Blake Beeler continues to recover from a head injury.

Meske said Beeler may or may not play in the upcoming game against archrival Knoxville Catholic at KCHS tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.


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