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Webb dumps Irish

After snapping Catholic's seven-year winning streak in 2009, Webb has started a streak of its own after defeating the Irish 33-7 Friday, Sept. 24, in KCHS's Blaine Stadium.

The Blance brothers, Caleb and Aaron, were back in true form, and didn't beat around the bush showing it as Webb (5-0, 2-0 Division II-A) defeated Catholic for the second year in a row.

“Offensive line-wise, we played unbelievable,” Webb head coach Dave Meske said. “Our defense played unbelievable. ... The front seven played great.

“So far this year this is the best overall game that we’ve played.”

After Webb stalled the initial Irish drive at the Spartans 29, Caleb Blance took the first Spartans handoff 71 yards for a touchdown.

“Everyone wanted this one this week,” Caleb said. “We worked harder than normal, but it sure paid off.”

Aaron Blance was just as effective and extended Webb's advantage on a 38-yard TD run on the Spartans' next offensive series.

“That was my biggest fear going in, their speed,” KCHS head coach Scott Meadows said. “It's not a fancy [wing-T] offense ... they just run it to perfection.”

The Irish cut the lead to 12-7 on a 40-yard drive, highlighted by a Nolan Coulter 19-yard run and ending with his 2-yard TD run.

But Webb answered with a Parker Wormsley touchdown run capping a 94-yard drive with just 14.7 seconds left in the half.

A pooch kickoff was recovered by the Spartans at the Irish 32.

Wormsley's 35-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Berube down the left sideline as time expired gave Webb a 26-7 edge at the half.

Meadows labeled the late-half sequence “a backbreaker.”

Webb junior wide receiver Neil Butler had two catches setting up TDs, the second a 27-yarder before Chase Carter scored from two yards out in the third quarter.

Wormsley said his offensive line “did a great job tonight” despite “out-manning us, out-sizing us.”

Catholic quarterback Mike Wegzyn was held to 87 yards passing (14-of-26) and also threw two interceptions, including one by Jim Dolinak. “We had good coverage all night, and got lucky sometimes,” Webb junior linebacker Brewer Congleton said.

The Irish offense only gained 195 yards, whereas the Blance brothers accounted for 302 of Webb's 413 yards.

Catholic freshman receiver Vic Wharton, a first-half favorite target of Wegzyn's who also returned a kickoff 42 yards, “is a special player ... the sky's the limit for him,” Meadows said.

Defensively, Meadows praised All-state senior lineman Kyler Kerbyson, a Tennessee Vols committment. “Kyler Kerbyson played an incredible game, especially defensively,” Meadows said.

Kerbyson said, “We just didn't play as a unit, some people missing their assignments, not reading their keys.”

Though losing leading receiver Patrick Haun for the season due to expulsion from school, Meadows said he’s “not going to blame [the loss] on that.”

Alan Sloan, farragutpress reporter, contributed to this story.


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