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Spartans ‘contain’ Austin-East for victory

Despite a last-second touchdown pass by Austin-East, the Webb Spartans opened its 2007 season by outrunning the Roadrunners 35-27.

Running and containment were key as Webb was able to continually run the ball on offense, while containing Austin-East, which is known for its speed, on defense.

“We practiced keeping them contained all week,” senior running back Brandt Campbell said. “It takes away their speed if we can keep them inside.”

Spartan head coach Dave Meske said, “We run ball control offense. We have to move the ball. Seven and eight minute drives, that is what the Wing-T is all about.

“We have two great running backs [Derek Boyce and Campbell], Derek made a huge play at the beginning of the game to get us back 7-7. He can score from anywhere on the field and that is a big plus for us. Brandt is the same,” Meske added.

Late in the first quarter an interception by junior defensive back Josh Mosley set the Spartan offense up on its own 4-yard line.

With 1:14 left in the first quarter, Boyce, a senior, ran the football 96 yards for a touchdown. The extra point by junior Meade Edmunds was good, tying the score 7-7.

Boyce, who finished the game with 21 carries for 237 yards and two touchdowns, gave the credit to his offensive linemen.

“My line did all the work for me,” Boyce said. “All I had to do was run through the hole.”

With the score tied 7-7 and 9:08 left in the second quarter, it appeared Webb was going to punt on 4th-and-2. The Roadrunners went deep, preparing to return, and freshman quarterback Patrick Wormsley snapped the ball to Campbell, who ran the ball up the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.

Meske said, “The fake punt called by Coach [Kevin] Catlett was a huge play. It put us ahead 14-7 and gave us great momentum.”

That momentum continued as, in the middle of the second quarter, Campbell intercepted a pass running the ball back almost 60 yards to the A-E 20-yard line, setting up a Boyce touchdown.

“I was surprised,” he said. “It seemed like he threw it right to me,” Campbell said.

Campbell finished with 16 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 23-yard TD pass reception.

That catch was the only Spartan pass in the game, coming with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Wormsley fired the 23-yard TD pass to Campbell.

Meske said he thought Wormsley did a great job in his first career start.

“The biggest thing I wanted out of him was to manage our football team. We are not going to put a lot on him, he is going to have to grow every week, but he managed the team very well and that is what we expected from him. Every once in a while, we want him to step up and make a great play, and he did that tonight with that touchdown pass he threw,” Meske said.

The clock stopped twice in the fourth quarter because Campbell was down. “I was just cramping up, it was the heat,” he said.

Webb stays on the road this week, traveling to Hendersonville to face Pope John Paul II Friday. Opening kick-off is 8 p.m. EDT.


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