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Spartans crush E-Harding

NASHVILLE — Webb remained undefeated in division play, routing Ezell Harding 55-0, Friday, Sept. 30.

The Spartans (5-2, 3-0 in Division II-A East-Middle) are riding a five-game win streak after starting the season with consecutive losses against Maryville and Ensworth.

“Our team chemistry has really picked up and we are all into it for the state championship,” sophomore tailback T.K. Kelly said. “We learned from the losses and use them as an advantage.”

Kelly finished with more than 100 yards for the third time this season to complement a rushing touchdown from 31 yards.

He also eclipsed the 600-yard mark through six games at tailback.

Senior tailback Caleb Blance scored three times: from 30, 35 and 62 yards out.

Junior quarterback found Neil Butler for a 22-yard touchdown pass as Webb led at halftime 35-0.

“We started off missing some blocking assignments and weren't able to capitalize,” Kelly said. “But after the first series our mindset changed and we made very few mistakes.”

The Spartans’ defense had its first shutout of the 2011 season, and the second against Ezell-Harding in as many years.

“It was nice to get a shutout finally,” Webb senior linebacker Brewer Congleton said. “We just shut down their run game from the beginning and our young guys did a great job stepping up once they got their chance.”

Underclassmen infiltrated the field at the start of the second half, as sophomores Robby Strachan and TeAndre Moore ran for touchdowns.

Junior Brian Berube ran for a 22-yard score and freshman Jordan Flickinger scored the final touchdown to make it 55-0 in the fourth quarter.

Since changing divisions three years ago, Webb has a record of 30-3 overall with 13 wins over local teams, as well as 17 over Division II-A teams.

Webb has clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs the past two seasons, and after next week's bye, has three division games remaining against teams with a combined record of 3-17.

But, looming in the playoffs are more teams similar to the first two Webb faced this season.

ECS and St. George's High School in Division II-A West are both 5-1. ECS beat the Gryphons in Week One 35-14.

“The first two definitely prepared us for the other teams we have played later in the season,” Congleton said.


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