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Spartans stay perfect, 29-12

Webb had only one blemish en route to a 2009 Division II-A state championship. The Spartans finished 12-1, with the sole loss coming at Davidson Academy.

They avenged their loss Friday night, Oct. 22, defeating the Bears 29-12 at Webb's Faust Field.

It was not as easy as the score may represent for Webb (9-0, 6-0), though.

For the first time all year, the Spartans trailed at the beginning of the second quarter after a 2-yard Aubrey Dixon touchdown. Davidson was unsuccessful in catching the Spartans off guard with a fake kick-turned-two-point conversion, and the lead remained 6-0.

Soon thereafter, however, an 81-yard Webb drive capped off by a Jim Dolinak touchdown and Robby Strachan extra point, put Webb ahead 7-6.

Davidson had an answer of its own with another Dixon rushing score, but again failed to convert the PAT leaving it 12-7 Bears.

With 2:57 remaining in the half, Webb pounced on a fumble and promptly marched down the field finishing with a 36-yard connection from quarterback Parker Wormsley to Todd Kelly Jr.

“Our mindset was totally changed for Davidson due to the tough loss last year and we put in extra running after practice to prepare for our biggest challenge yet,” Kelly said.

Aaron Blance amassed 89 yards on 12 carries including a touchdown, but missed his brother, Caleb Blance, in the backfield for the third straight game due to injury. Bryan Berube helped fill the gap with 89 rushing yards.

Wormsley, a Tennessee Volunteers baseball commitment, finished with 124 passing yards on the night with two touchdowns, the second of which was a 44-yard touchdown reception by David Wilhoite, who recently returned from an injury.

Wilhoite said, “It felt great to have the opportunity to make a play and to celebrate capitalizing a great win with my teammates in my first game back.

“This win means a lot for us because it felt great to get a win over Davidson from last year,” he added. “We have been waiting a year for this game.”

Senior Brennan Liu added, “All region games are important, but we wanted this one since this time last season.”

Kelly said, “We always expect teams to bring their very best against us since we are defending state champions.

“We will come into every game with the mindset that we must keep the zero on the right side of the dash mark in our record.”

Webb travels to Nashville to take on 7-2 Donelson Christian Academy in the regular season finale Friday, Oct. 29.


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