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Webb football season ended by MBA 49-14

The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans’ dream of bringing home their second state championship in a row was crushed Friday, Nov. 9, as they lost in the first round of TSSAA state playoffs to top-ranked Division II-AA Montgomery Bell Academy’s Big Red, 49-14, in Nashville.

With MBA ahead only 14-7 late in the first half, a last-second score made it 21-7 and opened a floodgate of Big Red big plays to come.

Spartan head coach Dave Meske said his team did not go into the game with blinders on.

“We knew M-B-A was one of the top teams in the state. We knew we had to play extremely well and create some plays,” he said.

“They just controlled the line of scrimmage. They are so big up front and they just have a great team. We turned the ball over several times, we put the ball on the ground four times in the first half,” he added.

Both Spartan touchdowns were scored by senior runningback Derek Boyce.

Boyce, who finished the game with 168 yards rushing, scored first for the Spartans in the second quarter on a 31-yard run.

His second score came in the fourth quarter when he scampered up the sideline for 74 yards.

Boyce, as well as senior running back Brandt Campbell, who rushed for 96 yards, have been the driving force behind the Spartans’ wing-T offense.

Both runningbacks can boast more than 1,000 yards rushing for the season.

Boyce finished his high school career with 1,383 yards rushing for 12 touchdowns and 226 yards receiving for three touchdownsin 2007.

Campbell racked up 1,331 yards rushing for 14 touchdowns and 273 yards receiving for five TDs for the season.

Freshman quarterback Parker Wormsley, who finished the night 3-of-9 passing for 45 yards, threw only his second interception of the season against the Big Red.

Wormsley finished his inaugural season with 30-of-59 passing for 719 yards.

Though they will not continue in the playoffs, Meske is proud of his team and the growth they have demonstrated throughout the season.

“Going into this season I do not think anyone expected us to be in this large division and go to playoffs, and have Baylor and McCallie not go,” Meske said.

“We went out there and played the toughest team in the state.”


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