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Webb earns playoff spot, special Meske praise

The Webb Spartans are playoff bound as their 24-7 victory over the Baylor Red Raider at Faust Field locked up a berth for them Friday, Nov. 2.

“That was a hard fought football game,” Spartan head coach Dave Meske told his players after the game. “Nobody expected you to get to the playoffs. Nobody expected anything of you except yourselves.

“I am just as proud of you as any team I have coached in 25 years of coaching.”

The Spartans went into the game knowing they were playing for a playoff spot and they came out determined to take it.

Senior defensive back Matt Mitchell made the first big play of the game with 7:08 left in the first quarter when he snapped up a bad Red Raider punt for a Spartan touchdown, giving the Spartans an early 7-0 lead.

Webb’s defense allowed the Red Raideraa only one touchdown, which came late in the first quarter to tie the game 7-7.

“This is a tribute to our defense. We started off struggling a little bit on defense [this season] and they have gotten so much better. Our three coaches, coach [Kevin] Catlett, coach [Jay] Moore and coach [Robby] Collier have done a great job at teaching them and getting better every week. And these guys have just stepped up. When they come out on the field, the one thing they say is ‘yes sir’ and that’s it, and that is what we expect,” Meske said.

Sophomore kicker Cisco Carter, who is consistently able to kick the ball into the end zone, made his first tackle of the season in the first play of the second half.

Baylor runningback Brandon Pickett returned Carter’s kick and weaved his way through the Spartan defense with no trouble. Carter, the only Spartan standing between Pickett and the end zone, dragged him down after a 43-yard run.

“I knew I didn’t kick well tonight so I had to make sure they did not score a touchdown off of it,” he said.

The Spartans have held fast to their Wing-T offense all season, but Meske mixed it up a bit in this game with a Wing-T criss-cross play that worked well for them all night.

With 9:59 left in the first half, freshman quarterback Parker Wormsley pitched the ball to junior running back Sean Panella who passed it off again to senior running back Brandt Campbell.

Campbell, who finished the night with 147 yards rushing and one touchdown, ran the ball 32 yards for the touchdown putting the Spartans up 21-7.

“Offensively we made enough plays to win the game. We got two turnovers on special teams that set up our offense that were huge plays. You have to be strong on special teams. We did a good job covering the punt and also on those turnovers,” Meske said.

Junior guard/linebacker Meade Edmunds, who finished the regular season 42-42 on extra points, kicked a 27-yard field goal to make the score 24-7.

The Spartans will travel to Nashville Friday, Nov. 9, for a match-up with Montgomery Bell Academy in the state quarterfinals. Opengin kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.


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