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Webb reaches state semis

Friday, Nov. 13, was not an unlucky night for the Webb School of Knoxville Spartans.

The Spartans beat St. George’s Independent School Gryphon 27-10 in the TSSAA Division II-A quarterfinal playoffs at Webb’s Faust Field.

The Spartans (10-1) will head to Memphis Friday, Nov. 20, to take on Evangelical Christian School in the state semifinals.

Webb put up the first six points, in the first two minutes, with a 10-yard run up the right side by senior back Jarvus Jones.

“I just hit that hole and got into the end zone,” Jones said. “The offensive line did a great job the whole game. The holes were there I just found it. ...”

With 9:05 left in the first quarter an interception by senior safety Michael Carillon set up the Spartans with great field advantage. “First series they threw a deep ball and I picked it off to get us some momentum in the game,” Carillon said.

But the Gryphon triple option running game, in the first half alone, ate up more than 12 minutes with two possessions.

The Spartans defense hung tight and held them to 10 points, all in the first half.

Webb quarterback Parker Wormsley found Clark Johnson with a 52-yard touchdown pass to put the Spartans up 10-6 with 6:46 left in the second quarter.

They connected again late in the third to add another six.

The game-changing play came with only one-tenth of a second left in the first half when Wormsley connected with Carillon for a 25-yard touchdown pass, making the score 13-3.

“They were using me for a decoy on one side and Michael just broke free and Parker threw it in the perfect spot,” Johnson said.

Webb head coach Dave Meske had high praises for his secondary — Carillon, Johnson and senior Justin Alexander — who all made several big plays.

“We have three seniors in the secondary and there is no better secondary in the state of Tennessee than the three we put back there. It is going to be hard to throw the ball against us because they are playmakers,” he said.


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