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Spartans rally, pop Bobcats

The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans effectively declawed Central High School’s Bobcats 37-16 Friday, Aug. 21, at the season- opening game on the Bobcats’ home turf, Dan Y. Boring Stadium.

As first reported on Farragut First Edition ( Aug. 21, CHS pounced first, scoring on a 95-yard opening kickoff return and a 32-yard field goal early in the first quarter.

But the Spartans pretty much owned the rest of the game — allowing only six more points late in the fourth quarter.

Entering the regular season, Webb head coach Dave Meske had a few reservations about an inexperienced defensive line.

But the line was up to the job, and after the first quarter all but shut down the Bobcats offense.

“Our defense played good. They stepped up and they played great tonight,” Meske said. “They are getting better and they are working hard at it and they are doing what we ask them to do.”

Offensively, Webb sophomore Caleb Blance, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards his freshman year, racked up 24 of the Spartan’s 37 points — all within 17 minutes of game-time. He finished with 50 yards rushing and 64 receiving.

His brother, freshman Aaron Blance, ran 29 yards for the first TD of his high school career with 3:02 left in the second quarter. He finished with 87 rushing, 54 receiving.

Meske said of the brothers, “They are just two unbelievable athletes. They can make plays and score from anywhere on the field.”

Caleb said, “[Aaron] likes to get away from them and get around them, and I like to trying to go through them and I like cutting.”

With 10:30 left in the second, Caleb ran for 36 yards for first-and-goal, and then waltzed into the end zone to score the Spartans’ first six.

Meske praised junior quarterback Parker Wormsley. “As a freshman he handed off the football and as a junior he is making plays — that is the difference,” Meske said.

Webb has an open date this week, then meets Ezell-Harding at Webb’s Faust Field starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, for a Division II-A East-Middle Region contest.

“I think they won the state championship in 2002, so they have a great program,” Meske said.


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