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Webb shocks ECS

The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans met the Evangelical Christian School of Memphis Eagles head-on in gridiron combat and defeated the defending state AA champs with a 24-point margin, 37-13.

“That was a total football game,” head coach David Meske told his players after the game.

Meske said he was tremendously proud of his players.

“We tackled well,” he said. “We didn’t miss any tackles. The offensive line did a great job. That was an unbelievable game.”

Webb (7-3, 3-2 in Division II, AA) showed tremendous athletic ability and excellence in a game expected to go to the state’s top Division II AA seed. Highlights included a 51-yard run by Tom Ergen, an ECS extra point block by Dawson Morton and interceptions by Zach Dickson and Brandt Campbell.

Webb received the first quarter kickoff, but the Eagles defense kept them from moving the ball too far downfield and forced them to punt.

ECS quarterback Adam Currie had only 87 passing yards and threw two interceptions.

Campbell returned a kickoff and moved it quickly up to the Webb 35.

It was toward the end of the first quarter that Ergen began showing his stuff on the field. According to team statistician Arthur Long, Ergen had 24 carries for 172 yards, just a little under half of the team game total of 55 carries for 341 yards.

“To be honest, I had some concerns going into this game,” Ergen said. “Before the end of the first quarter, I knew we could take these guys.”

Ergen gives a lot of credit to the linemen. “They would see where the openings were and tell me to run left or right,” he said. “They helped make a lot of it happen.”

Webb’s Bo Johnson scored later in the second quarter on an 18-yard run. By the half, the Spartans led 16-13. By halftime, Blake Beeler had four carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Early in the second half, Webb increased its lead following an interception by Dickson on ECS’s first series.

Webb, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 2 Pope John Paul II Friday on the road in the state semis.


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