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Despite ‘Ellison Night,’ Webb rolls
Spartans pull away in second half, whip neighbor CAK 42-14

The 1-2 punch of senior running backs Derek Boyce and Brandt Campbell helped lead Webb out of a two-loss slump in the Spartans’ 42-14 win versus previously unbeaten Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors.

This game was a battle of contrasting styles. Spartan head coach Dave Meske’s Wing T offense has given them 833 total yards this year. CAK coach Rusty Bradley’s run-and-gun offense has produced 1,902 total yards of offense with 1,213 coming through the air. It was anyone’s guess as to who would win the Battle for the Block.

“We had not faced a spread offense up until CAK. Our defensive coordinator, Kevin Catlet,t and our defensive backs coach both did a great job of preparing our kids,” Meske said.

CAK’s senior fullback Joseph Bennett, who is being recruited by the likes of SEC memer Ole Miss, did not intimidate the Spartans’ defense.

“We were not really nervous, just excited to come out and play, with all the hype surrounding [Bennett] we just wanted to show that after losing two games we could still play with the best,” junior defensive tackle Camp Arnett said.

Webb struck first on its first drive of the evening. A 3-play, 88-yard drive, capped off when freshman quarterback Parker Wormsley handed the ball off to Campbell, who swept out to the right side and out-ran CAK’s secondary to score an 82-yard touchdown and put Webb on top 7-0.

“I have to give the credit to my line on that one,” Campbell said. “It was wide open, I just saw the hole and took it to the end zone.”

Early in the second quarter the Spartans went for it on fourth-and-6 with the ball on the 28 yard line. Wormsley took the snap and rolled outside. Under pressure, he threw the ball up the middle and connected with Campbell, who took the ball to the 6-yard line on a 22- yard pass play that set up first-and-goal. Two plays later, Campbell plowed into the end zone on a 2-yard run up the middle, announcing that the Spartans were there to play.

After the disappointment of the last two games, Spartan seniors had had enough.

“All the seniors got together and decided what we had to do to get things going. We had a meeting with the whole team and pretty much every person on the team became a leader this week,” Boyce said.

With 2:05 left to play in the first half, Wormsley connected with Boyce for a 10-yard touchdown reception to make the score 21-7.

The start of the third quarter brought hope for CAK as the Spartans turned the ball over on a bad snap that set up the Warriors with good field position on Webb’s 35-yard line. The Warriors ended their drive with a 3-yard pass from Cates to Bennett that put the Warriors one score down at 21 -14.

That hope was quickly shattered when on the first play of the next drive, Campbell, who finished the game with 23 carries for 265 yards and three touchdowns, was able to break to the outside and run the ball up the field for a 60- yard score to make it 28-14.

Boyce, who had 18 carries for 63 yards rushing, 16-yards receiving for a touchdown and one interception for a touchdown was Wormsley’s go-to man in the air.

One minute into the fourth quarter on third-and-13 from the 16 yard line, Wormsley once again connected with Boyce, who barreled his way past defenders on a 16-yard score that widened the gap to 35-14.

Late in the fourth quarter Spartan Guard Meade Edmunds intercepted the ball and ran it back 70-yards for the touchdown, then lined up and kicked the extra point.

Webb will host region foe Father Ryan this Friday, Oct. 5. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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