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Webb earns share of region title, bye

The Webb School of Knoxville Spartans earned themselves a three-way region tie, a bye week and the home field advantage during their first playoff game — all in one fell swoop.

It happened by beating Division II-A East-Middle Region foe Donelson Christian Academy 14-3 Friday, Oct. 30, at Webb’s Faust Field.

The game, which was anticipated to be Webb’s toughest region match-up this season, went the Spartans’ way early on when senior running back Jason Berube skipped into the end zone with a quick 2-yard run following a five-minute drive.

“We were pretty close to the end zone and we just wanted to punch it in and get the first points on the board,” Berube said.

A run of Spartans penalties – 30 yards worth – put the Wildcats within field goal range, and the Cats seized the opportunity to put three on the board, making the score 7-3 Webb.

Spartans record-setting quarterback Parker Wormsley, feeling pressured more during this game than he has all season, made a 25-yard scramble up the right side with less than a minute left in the first half.

It set up a 45-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Aaron Blance with only 19 seconds left in the half.

Kicker Trey Blakley's point-after-touchdown was good.

“It was a design pass play,” Wormsley said of his scramble. “I just rolled out to the right. I saw pressure coming so I eluded one tackler and just took off and caught up with some of my blockers and just got down the sideline for some yards.”

The Wildcats came back in the second half with a vengeance and marched to the Spartans 9.

But an off-sides call and a hard hit by Berube and a quarterback sack by junior Jay Werner forced the Wildcats’ quarterback to pass on third-and-16, which senior Justin Alexander picked off.

“Clark [Johnson], our safety, made a great play on it, he tipped the ball in the air and it just fell in my hands. It was kinda like a bang-bang play,” said Alexander, who recently committed to play baseball for Tennessee Tech.

With less than two minutes left, punter Trey Blakley threw Alexander a perfect pass on a fake punt, which sealed the win.

Spartans head coach Dave Meske said, “To win a state championship you have to get better every week. We have been there and the teams that have won it have always been better the 13th game than the 10th game.”


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