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Edmunds boots Spartans past McCallie

Webb School of Knoxville’s Spartans playoff hopes are looking brighter as they scooted past the McCallie Tornado 31-28 at McCallie’s Spear Stadium, Friday, Oct. 19.

Junior offensive guard Meade Edmunds, who is 31-of-31 in point-after-touchdown kicks this season, took the wind out the Tornado when, with 6 seconds left in the game, he kicked a 37- yard field goal to win the game.

Spartans head coach Dave Meske said Webb knew they had to go into the game thinking about the win rather than trying not to lose.

“McCallie has a great tradition. We knew we knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew we had to go in there and win and we knew we had to make things happen.”And make things happen, they did.

After a quick score on its second drive, Webb’s on-side kick gave the Spartans the momentum they needed to dominate the first quarter, racking up 21 points and holding the Tornado to zero.

Senior runningback Brandt Campbell, who alone rushed for 201 of the Spartans’ 278 rushing yards, scored two of his three touchdowns of the night in the first 12 minutes.

Campbell is one of Meske’s go-to-guys on the field.

“Both of our runningbacks, Campbell and [senior Derek] Boyce, have over 1,000 yards rushing now for the season,” Meske said.

Things started to look a bit dicey for he Spartans after their commanding first quarter.

The Tornado blew into the game in the second quarter racking up 28 unanswered points by the end of the third quarter.

“We turned the ball over to put them back in the game and allowed them to be 21-14 at half, we gave up a couple big plays just on the [some of the passes] that they ran,” Meske said.

The Spartans caught a break early in the fourth quarter when Tornado Kicker Matt Higgins was forced to kick long after a delay of game penalty was called on McCallie.

Webb’s offense drove the ball 80 yards for the third and final Campbell score of the night. Edmunds’ extra point kick tied the score 28-28.

The Spartan defense held McCallie on its final drive of the fourth quarter and forced them to punt after only three plays.

With less than three minutes left in the game, Meske continued with his usual wing-T offense and Campbell and Boyce scrambled up field 49 yards a play at a time to get Edmunds in field goal range.

It will be business as usual on the practice field this week for Webb as they continue their push to the playoffs. The Spartans head to Franklin Friday, Oct. 26, to take on Battle Ground Academy in yet another division game.

Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CST.


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