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Webb edges A-E for 300th win

Webb not only celebrated a victory against Austin-East but also captured its 300th victory in program history Friday night at Faust Field. The Spartans (6-3, 2-2) defeated the Roadrunners (5-4, 3-2) 31-30 in a teeth-clenching victory.

Webb was not only able to hold the Roadrunners on the 1-yard line late in the game, but caused a fumble to put the Spartans in the driver’s seat.

“It’s nice to win over Austin-East, who has a tremendous tradition in football,” head coach David Meske said. “It’s our three-hundredth win at Webb school and it was a very exciting night. We had an opportunity to honor our [1981] state champions, they won twenty-five years ago, and our [1996] state champions, which was ten years ago, so it was a great night.

“It was a wonderful win,” he addd. “We made some mistakes, but it wasn’t a matter of effort. Our kids gave tremendous effort.”

The ’06 Spartans got the game started in a fury, scoring with 10:56 on the clock on a Blake Beeler connection with Bo Johnson on a third-and-11 play for 75 yards.

The Roadrunners were unable to make anything happen on their first possession, but fell on a Webb fumble in the end zone to get on the board. The extra point attempt was blocked. Jaren Troutman scored on a quarterback-keeper with 5:25 left in the first quarter to put A-E ahead 12-7, but the two-point conversion failed

Webb got things going in the second quarter with a six-yard touchdown run from Tom Ergen. A faked kick/two-point conversion try failed. Steve Ball’s 25-yard field goal increased the Spartans’ lead to 16-12 with 4:22 left in the half.

With the second half underway and the Roadrunners trailing by four, the two teams would trade a pair of touchdowns and put five points between the two.

Derek Boyce scored from 12 yards out to make it 23-12.

Austin East’s Ashford Johnson ran to the end zone from eight yards out. It was 23-18.

Austin East’s Troutman threw to Anthony Anderson on a fourth-and-8, 32-yard play to go ahead 24-23. The Roadrunners went for the two-point conversion, but failed.

Both teams would score again: Webb, on a quarterback sneak by Beeler on the one-yard line, and Austin East with a Johnson 50-yard run.

The difference came down to which team could carry out its two-point conversion. Webb sent Brandt Campbell into the end zone, while Austin East wouldn't pass the goal line with its attempt.

This nerve-wracking game continued when Austin East recovered an onside kick at the Webb 32-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

The Roadrunners ran all of the way down to the 1 where Troutman would pitch to Jaron Tory — but would not see the goal line. Webb’s Stephen Thompson got to Tory before Tory got to the end zone to seal the Spartan victory.

“It felt really good,” Morton said. “We got up in the second half and we thought we were just going to put it away and they came back and scored. And that last goal line stand meant everything to us. The heart and the soul of the team came out and we kept them from scoring.”


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