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No. 3 Spartans romp Zion, stay perfect

The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans are well on their way to an undefeated season after a 49-0 shutout against the Zion Christian Academy Eagles, now 5-3, Friday, Oct. 16, at Webb’s Faust Field.

The Spartans, No. 3-ranked statewide in Division II-A, drew first blood early in the first quarter when junior quarterback Parker Wormsley lobbed a 24-yard pass to senior tight end Gordon Peterson in the end zone.

A failed two-point conversion kept the score at 6-0.

But Wormsley, never a man to give up easily, made good on a second attempt following senior Jarvis Jones’ TD on the next Spartan possession, making the score 14-0 with more than nine minutes left in the first.

“They throw the ball well … they just didn’t make plays and they gave us the ball too many times on offense,” Webb head coach Dave Meske said. “I wanted to play well on offense. I wanted to control the ball in the first half and score. On defense we wanted to make sure that we played well.”

The second quarter did the Eagles no favors as sophomore running back Caleb Blance finished a 10-play drive with a 6-yard skip into the end zone just three seconds into the second quarter.

Senior kicker Trey Blakley’s point-after-touchdown was good, putting the Spartans up 21-0.

The Eagles’ offense seemed to finally hit its stride, eating up the clock with first down after first down, until they turned the ball over on downs on fourth-and-seven on the Spartans 37.

The Spartans immediately took advantage of the field position and Wormsley lobbed a pass to senior wide receiver Clark Johnson, who ran for a 74-yard touchdown.

“We saw that the safeties were playing up and coach called a deep pass. Parker threw me a perfect ball right when I got past the safety and past the corner and I caught it and just went deep,” Johnson said.

Senior linebacker Jason Berube got in on the action with an interception and 75-yard run to put his first six of the season on the board, putting the Spartans up 35-0 with 2:45 left in the first half.

“I was just excited to get the pick. I really wanted one all season so when I got it I was just running as fast as I could because I didn’t want to get caught,” Berube said.

“Coach had been telling me to look for the drag across the field and I was just taking his advice. The guy actually wasn’t looking and I got the pick,” he added.

With 10 seconds left in the half Caleb Blance hustled up the left side for 24 yards to add six more to the score. Blakley’s extra point was good and the Spartans were up 42-0 at the end of the half.

Meske, who had been calling handoffs to Caleb all night, said the strategy was to rebuild Caleb’s confidence. “I wanted Caleb to make some plays. He has been hurt and he needed some carries to get some confidence and some work, and he did that,” Meske said.

By the beginning of the second half the mercy rule was in effect, which kept the clock in constant motion.

Sophomore running back Jim Dolinak racked up his second TD of the season with a 39-yard carry straight up the middle, putting the Spartans up 48-0. Blakley again made good on the extra point for the final score of 49-0.

The Spartans, who have assured themselves a spot in the playoffs, will head to Nashville next week, Friday, Oct. 23, for a match-up with Region II-A East-Middle Region foe Davidson Academy.

“Our next two games are huge. Next week we play a team that won two of the last three state championships in this division and we are going to have to play great football to win next week,” Meske said.

Opening kickoff is scheduled at 8 p.m., EDT, 7 p.m., CDT.


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