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Spartans’ speed blisters unbeaten Ezell-Harding

It was child’s play, one team toying with the other, at Webb School’s Faust Field Friday night.

Ezell-Harding Christian’s record was 2-0 entering its Sept. 4 Division 1-AA East-Middle showdown with the 1-0 Spartans. But the Eagles from Antioch looked more like its 1-9 record from 2008.

As first reported on Farragut First Edition, Sept. 4, Webb’s ground game featuring Caleb Blance, Aaron Blance and Jarvus Jones ran through and around E-H at will, and with a pair of TD tosses from Parker Wormsley to Clark Johnson the game quickly became a joke. Final score 47-0.

”We played really well; we just have more speed on the field than they do,” said Webb head coach Dave Meske, whose Spartans’ easy victory saw the home guys in green score touchdowns on their first six possessions.

“We have tremendous speed at running back with Caleb and Aaron, and Jarvus had a big run at the beginning of the game,” he added. “Parker’s really coming on throwing the football, and that’s really helping our offense.”

Nine Webb plays from scrimmage covered at least 20 yards in the first half, as the Spartans went to halftime up 41-0.

Meanwhile, Webb’s defense limited the Eagles to only two first downs in the first half.

“Our defense has played well for two games in a row,” Meske said. “Our offensive and defensive lines are really developing.”

Dakota Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior offensive/defensive tackle, said, “it was a lot easier than we thought it would be.”

Webb needed just two plays to cross the goal line on its first possession. Senior running back Jones took a misdirection hand-off up the gut and went almost untouched 55 yards. Trey Blakley added the first of his eventual five successful conversion kicks, making it 7-0.

From the E-H 47, Caleb Blance took a pass in the flat and went 25 yards, then the sophomore added nine on the ground before younger brother, Aaron Blance, raced outside left for 13 to the Eagles 1. Wormsley’s quarterback sneak made it 14-0.

Webb took over at its 22 and, after a 26-yard Caleb Blance run, Wormsley lobbed a pass deep down the left sideline to Johnson, who out-battled an Eagles defensive back around the E-H 25 and jogged into the end zone. It was 21-0 with 4:35 left in the quarter.

“The line’s doing so much better than we expected at the beginning of the year,” Johnson said.

The next Spartans scoring drive covered 63 yards in just five plays. Caleb Blance ran for 28 before Wormsley, on fourth-and-four at the E-H 28, rolled right on a play-action fake and found a wide open Johnson for six more.

Aaron made it 34-0 going around the left side for a 21-yard touchdown, then used effective downfield blocking on a 55-yard TD run down the left sideline.

Other impressive first-half Spartans efforts included a 22-yard run from sophomore Chad Nabors, who later added a 31-yarder.

A Brett Beeler interception on a deep pass killed an Ezell-Harding march early in the third quarter.

Tre Waters recovered a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter at the E-H 42.

Yates Congleton’s 34-yard run late set up Brennan Liu’s 9-yard touchdown scamper with less than two minutes to play.

“I’m always proud of our back-up quarterback, John McCallister,” Meske said. “He’s a senior, and he comes to practice every day. He works hard every day to be prepared if that opportunity comes.”

Next up is a home battle versus Division I (District 3-AAA) Halls, coming in 0-3. Opening kickoff 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11.


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