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Meske finds good in 28-7 setback to Ensworth


The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans took to the road Friday, Sept. 19, for their first out-of-town game against Nashville’s Ensworth Tigers, which resulted in a disheartening loss for the Spartans, 28-7.

“We played well though,” Spartan head coach Dave Meske said.

“I was pretty happy with the way we played,” he added.

Although this loss makes the Spartan record 1-3, Spartan fans may see a turnaround in the near future.

Meske has never been negative about his offense but, by the same token, has never hesitated to say this offense is young and needs work.


With nine returning defensive player it has not been surprising that these players have been Meske’s go-to-guys this season, but it looks like the offense may be finding their groove.

“We moved the ball well offensively,” Meske said, “And we played pretty well on defense.”

This is a departure from weeks past when Meske has told farragutpress, “We just didn’t get it done, we didn’t move the ball.”

Standout freshman runningback Caleb Blance can be credited with the majority of the Spartans’ yardage against Ensworth.

Spartan statistician Arthur Long said Blance had 110 yards rushing and 12 yards receiving, and scored the only Spartan touchdown of the evening.

Long added although there were a few carries by other players, such as senior runningback Sean Panella, yardage was nominal compared to Blance.

Sophomore quarterback Parker Wormsley’s 12-yard pass to Blance in the first quarter for the score was only Wormsley’s fifth connect of the night.

Despite the growth this week offensively, there were still a few turnovers resulting in big plays for the Tigers.

“They are one of the best teams in the state right now,” Meske said. ”You just can’t have turnovers when you are playing a game like this.”

The Ensworth School played its first varsity football season in 2007 and made it to the TSSAA state playoffs with a record of 8-2. So far this season they are 4-0.

The moment shift for Enswoth came late in the first half.

“It was 14-7 and we were getting the ball back and we lost a punt,” Long said. “[Ensworth] recovered for a touchdown.”

The Spartans will meet neighborhood rival Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors [3-2] at home Friday, Sept. 26. The two schools, located less than a mile apart, will battle for the title of what is affectionately known as “Private School Row.”

Opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

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