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Spartans take back ‘our house,’ rip ’Cats

Webb School of Knoxville’s Spartans celebrated its first at-home win Friday, Oct. 12, with a resounding 49-18 victory over the Sweetwater Wildcats.

The Spartans have won every away game, but until now were 0-3 at home.

Senior runningback Brandt Campbell said he had only one thing to say, “Tonight we took back our house.”

The Spartans struck fast and hard when on the first play of the game senior running back Derek Boyce returned the kick-off 80-yards for a touchdown less than 15 seconds into game play.

“Derek is a great running back,” Spartans head coach Dave Meske said. “ He has run well all year and he has tremendous speed.”

Spartan junior Jeffrey Johnson took advantage of a Wildcat turnover to put six more points on the board during the first SHS possession.

Campbell, who finished the game with 13 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns, wrapped up the first quarter with touchdown coming with 0 seconds left on the clock that made the score 27-6.

The second quarter did not bring any relief for the Wildcats.

With 9:59 left in the second quarter Boyce, who finished the night with 10 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns, took freshman quarterback Parker Wormsley’s hand-off up the left side for a 12-yard touchdown, widening the gap to 35-6.

The Wildcats first big opportunity to get back in the game came with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

The Wildcat quarterback threw an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-7, but pass interference was called on Webb giving the Wildcats the first down. With 22 seconds left on the clock Wildcat running back Chris Johnkins plowed through the Spartans’ defense to make the score 35-12.

Ironically, the third and final Wildcat touchdown happened in exactly the same way. With 6:22 left the third quarter the Wildcats went for it on 4th-and-16. Pass interference was again called on Webb and Johnkins scored on a 26-yard run, making the score 35-18.

Webb’s second-string team was able to get in on the action as well and by the third quarter both offense and defense were made up of second string players.

Back-up quarterback Ryan Livesey said the team expected the win against the Wildcats, but “we didn’t want to get to far ahead of ourselves.”

Sophomore runningback Gordon Peterson scored his first touchdown of the season when, with 6:01 left in the game, he took Livesey's hand-off straight up the gut for 6 yards, making it 49-18.

“It was a great experience, but I just have to thank the line for that, they just opened up a giant hole and there was nobody there,” Peterson said.

The Spartans, who finished the game with 34 carried for 334 yards and 15 first downs, will have no time to revel in the glory of their first at-home win.

They go on the road Friday, Oct. 18, to play Chattanooga McCallie in the first of three remaining regular season division games.

“Next week is going to be a big challenge. We have to win the football game. If we win a couple of region games in a row we can get into the playoffs. McCallie has a great tradition and it is going to take a whole football game for us to win, and we need to put that together,” Meske said.


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