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Meske: ‘We just got physically beat’

It was a somber squad of Spartans that left Faust Field after a resonating 28-7 defeat by Knoxville Catholic High School’s Fighting Irish Friday, Sept. 14.

“We just got physically beat,” Webb head coach Dave Meske told his team as they huddled in the end zone. “I don’t think we played up to our potential. We are going to practice and we are going to get better.

“We have got to get more physical up front,” Meske added. “We didn’t give our backs the chance to make plays.”

In the first quarter the Spartans offense garnered only three yards rushing and 30 yards passing and only one first down in their 6:05 of possession, while their defense gave up 63 yards on the ground, 42 yards in the air and four first downs. But they were able to force the Fighting Irish to turn the ball over once.

With 4:54 left in the first quarter, Catholic’s quarterback Eric Lindsey took a hit from sophomore linebacker Jason Berube forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Brandt Campbell.

The turnover netted negative yardage due in part to penalties, wet conditions, and the Irish defensive line, forcing a punt on fourth-and-15.

Catholic’s subsequent possession resulted in a 20-yard touchdown run by Zach Vann, making the score 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

“You [have to] give credit to Catholic for being an outstanding team,” Meske said. “They handled us up front, they handled our offense and their defense physically beat us up.”

Webb answered early in the second quarter as Campbell and senior running back Derek Boyce ran for 70 yards in six plays to score the only Spartan touchdown of the night, a 14-yard run by Campbell, tying the score 7-7.

It was downhill from there for Webb as KCHS (4-0 record) scored on another run in the second quarter to make the score 13-7 at the half.

The Irish defense dominated in the second half, keeping freshman quarterback Parker Wormsley on the run and forcing incomplete passes. “Catholic has a really good defense, they are big and physical up front. They kept getting back there and I had to run and try to make something happen,” Wormsley said.

Meske said simply, “We didn’t play very well. Their offense controlled the line of scrimmage. Catholic is a good football team and I don’t think anyone is going to challenge them in 3-A this year.

“I want to watch the films and see what we need to correct as far as technique. We are going to have to be more physical, that’s obvious, and we are just going to have to play better in the trenches and I expect us to do that,” he added.

Webb (2-1) hosts undefeated Ensworth beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at Faust Field.


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