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Father Ryan clips Webb

The Webb Spartans took their second division hit as they lost 24-14 to the Father Ryan Irish at Faust Field Friday, Oct,. 5.

The undefeated Irish held Webb’s signature Wing T offense to uncharacteristically short drives and no score in the first quarter.

“We missed some big plays,” Spartans head coach Dave Meske said. “We didn’t score when we got inside the 10. You can’t miss opportunities like that and win football games in this division.”

With 5:42 left in the first quarter the Irish topped off a 70-yard drive with an 8-yard run by running back Josh Hayes to put them up 7-0.

Spartans put pressure on the Irish passing game, forcing several punts after short one to two minute drives.

Spartan Sophomore Graham Campbell, who lead the defense with 11 tackles, said, “You have to give credit to the defensive line. We put an extra lineman down there and they made it really easy for me.

“I was not really getting a lot of [Irish] offensive linemen coming toward me because our line was doing their job so well.”

Meske agreed.

“I think our defense played great. They have really struggled [this season], especially against power teams, but they kicked it up about ten notches this week,” he said.

Late in the second quarter Webb had its chance to put some numbers on the board when freshman quarterback Parker Wormsley handed the ball off to senior running back Brandt Campbell, who broke free up the left side for a 60-yard run that brought them inside the 16.

Two plays and 11 yards later, the Spartans fumbled the ball on the five-yard line and Father Ryan players were there to snap it up.

The end of the third quarter brought another Irish touchdown to make the score 17-0, but the Spartans came back with a vengeance.

It was fourth and one Spartans with seconds left in the third when the Spartans went for it. Senior running back Derek Boyce took Wormsley’s snap straight up the gut for an 8-yard run giving the Spartans the first down.

Thirty-two seconds into the fourth quarter, junior wide receiver Josh Mosley took Wormsley’s hand-off and did a quick hitch-and-pitch to senior runningback Derek Boyce, who ran the ball 63 yards for the score.

‘We worked on the hitch-and-pitch all week and it worked perfectly,” Mosley said. “I didn’t think coach was going to call it, but when he finally did, it worked perfect and Derek just took it to the house.”

Momentum was building and the Spartans were rolling with it. On the first play of the ensuing Father Ryan drive the Spartans forced a fumble, which was recovered by Spartan senior defensive back Camp Arnett.

Wasting no time Wormsley completed a pass to Mosley for a 50-yard score, putting the Spartans back into the game, 17-14.

“That was the hitch-and-go. I haven’t run one of those all season. We just threw that in to try and get a big play. The corner bit on it and I was wide open. Parker threw a nice ball to me,” Mosley said.

Unfortunately for the Spartans they could not keep the momentum going in their favor and the Irish widened the gap to 24-14 with 54 seconds left to play.

Father Ryan may have been its second division loss but Meske and his Spartans are not giving up on playoff hopes.

“We still have three region games left,” Meske said. “What we have to do is win all three of those games. The region is still up in the air because it is so tough. Baylor and McCallie both have two losses.

“If we can come out and win next week, and then win against Baylor, we still have a chance to get to the playoffs.”

Preparations for the Friday, Oct. 12 home game versus Sweetwater are underway. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.

Meske's post-game declaration, that he expected a commitment “right now” that this team would not lose another football game, was was met with a resounding “Yes sir” from his team.


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