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Spartans bounce back big, zap Zion Christian


Webb got back to its winning ways Friday night, winning its first game in the home opener, 42-7 over Zion Christian Academy.

For Webb, (1-2, 1-0 Div II-A) the game was the first Spartan win. For the rushing game, it was a coming out party.

Senior tailback Caleb Blance ran for over 100 yards, after barely surpassing 150 in the first two games against Maryville and Ensworth combined. "We had good push off the ball and everyone did his assignment," offensive lineman Skip Garner said. "They ran something we hadn't seen in practice, but it was a quick and easy adjustment."

Blance took the second play from scrimmage 40 yards to put the Spartans on top for the rest of the night. Webb lead 42-0 at the end of the first quarter after a series of Blance touchdowns.

But supplementing the offensive onslaught was an unexpected source in the backfield.

Stepping into Aaron Blance's runningback role in the wing-t was sophomore T.K. Kelly. Kelly's first and second handoffs went for touchdowns.

"I felt very comfortable starting at wingback because it gave me more chances to make plays," Kelly said. Before a knee injury sidelined him last season, and earlier this year, Kelly had been the Spartans go-to receiving threat. With last week's dismissal of Aaron Blance, Kelly made a good case to be the permanent replacement.


He found out he would be the second wingback after the August 26 game at Ensworth. "I was a littler nervous at first," he said. "But I feel very comfortable back there now that I have picked up the plays and blocks."

Webb opened with losses against the number one and number two teams in

Tennessee and the first 0-2 start since 1995. Friday night, the Spartans staved off the first 0-3 start since Coach David Meske's second season in 1985.

Webb hosts Halls (1-2) next week at Faust Field with kickoff set for 7 pm.

 

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