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Webb’s long road trip pays off versus Knights

Webb School of Knoxville’s Spartans had reason to celebrate on their return trip from Hendersonville Friday, Sept. 7, as their impressive 49-21 victory over the Knights of Pope John Paul II made them 2-0 for the season.

The Knights struck first, scoring early in the first quarter, but Webb promptly answered with the first of two blocked PJP II punts.

Spartans head coach Dave Meske said, “We were down 7-0 in the first quarter, then we blocked a punt. Jeffrey Johnson picked it up for a touchdown and that really changed the momentum of the game.”

Johnson, the senior tight-end, ran the ball back 20 yards for the touchdown.

It seemed to be either team’s game in the first half as both teams answered each other score-for-score. Then, late in the second quarter, Webb began to turn the tide.

“We were tied 14-14 right before the half and Parker Wormsley threw a touchdown pass of about 40 or 50 yards to Brandt Campbell to put us ahead 21-14 at the half,” Meske said.

Freshman quarterback Wormsley’s 43-yard completion finished his second game with no incomplete passes or interceptions.

“Our running game dominated in the second half,” Meske said.

Senior running backs Brandt Campbell and Derek Boyce were unstoppable.

Campbell rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, as well as a 43-yard pass reception, and Boyce finished with 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns, making this the second straight game with more than 100 yards rushing for both running backs.

The Spartans held the Knights to only seven more points in the second half.

“Defensively we played much better in the second half, giving our offense the chance to get on the field quicker than in the first half,” Meske said.

Sean Panella scored on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter, making it a 21-point quarter for the Spartans.

Junior guard/linebacker Meade Edmunds was 7-of-7 on extra point kicks.

After such a decisive victory there is no rest in sight for this Spartans team.

“We play Catholic next [game], that is our big rivalry game,” Meske said. “They are a good football team, we are going to have to play a perfect game to compete with them.”

Meske does not plan to alter his game strategy for the Sept. 14 home game against Catholic High School at Faust Field, saying that he plans to “continue doing what we have done in the past.”

Although in the recent past, it’s not been good enough. Catholic has won the last five meetings.

Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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