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Spartans crush USJ, state repeat close

Chase Carter, Webb defensive back (8), goes airborne to hit a USJ receiver as Spartans defensive back Caleb Blance moves up to assist.- Carlos Reveiz/
Before Webb started its Division II-A playoff run Friday night, Aaron Blance made a statement that “we need people to step up. Our record doesn't matter now, it's the playoffs and everyone starts with a new record.”

He had no idea at that point that between him and his brother, Caleb, they would be the ones stepping up in the 41-14 victory against University School of Jackson Nov. 12 in quarterfinal state round play at Faust Field.

The Blance Brothers wasted no time getting started, with the first drive for Webb (11-0) being capped off by a 21-yard Caleb Blance sprint for the goal line. After a missed extra point, the next Spartans drive had a similar result. Only this time it was Aaron going 43 yards for the score as Webb found itself up 13-0 midway through the first quarter.

Trying to avenge its loss to Webb in the state championship game last season, USJ cut the lead to 13-7 by halftime on the back of senior quarterback Jake Overbey.

The Spartans were not prepared to let Overbey take over the game, though, as proven by Todd Kelly Jr.'s interception and 30-yard return that later set up an 11-yard touchdown strike from Parker Wormsley to Aaron Blance.

“T.K. really gave us a great opportunity to score, and I knew Parker would be looking for me. We knew if we could score then it would be big, so we just scored,” Blance said.

Caleb Blance was not prepared to let his younger brother outdo him, and added his second rushing touchdown of the night to make the lead 26-7. Caleb finished with 211 total yards, and the Blance tandem totaled 375 yards and six TDs, three for each.

Aaron joked about Caleb that, “I mean, I guess I can put up with someone like him in the backfield with me. ... It's great how we're always trying to make the other one better.”

A 26-yard touchdown strike from Overbey was quickly answered by scoring sprints of 19 and 74 yards by Aaron and Caleb, respectively. “We are doing something that no Webb team has ever done before, but can't let it get away now," Blance added about becoming the first Webb team to ever attain an 11-0 record.

The Spartans stay at home to face 8-3 Evangelical Christian School in the semifinals. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at Faust Field.


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