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Kelly runs wild for a half in Spartans’ latest rout


FAYETTEVILLE — Webb picked up where it left off before its off-week, extending its winning streak to six with a 49-7 road route against Riverside Christian Academy.

For sophomore tailback T.K. Kelly, it was as if there was no week off at all.

“We continued to look toward improving every day during our bye week, and it paid off,” said Kelly, sophomore tailback who ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns as Webb (6-2 overall) improved to 2-0 in Region II-A East-Middle 1 play.

On the first possession, Kelly scored from six yards out to put Webb on top 7-0.

Riverside’s first offensive drive resulted in Webb's Neil Butler forcing and recovering a fumble that he returned 30 yards for a score.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Spartans lead 21-0 after a 66-yard run from Caleb Blance.

By halftime, Webb led 42-0 and pulled the starters.

Kelly was a receiver as a freshman, before a knee injury sidelined him for all but four games.


After Webb lost its second tailback in the wing-T offense after the second game in 2011, he was the first one head coach David Meske called on.

Moving Kelly into the backfield turned out to be a pleasant surprise for everyone involved.

“He told me right after the Ensworth game,” Kelly said. “I was a little nervous at first. But I feel very comfortable back there now that I have picked up the plays and blocks.”

In his first game, Kelly ran for 100 yards on three carries with a touchdown.

Since, he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark four times and has rushed for more than 700 yards in just six games at tailback.

“I think it is getting better day after day,” he said. “I try to get what I can when I have the ball in my hands.”

Webb is riding a six-game win streak since Kelly moved to tailback and following losses against Maryville and Ensworth to start the season.

Webb’s final two games, against Franklin Road Academy (Oct. 21) and Davidson Academy, (Oct. 28) both will be at Faust Field. FRA is 1-1 in region, 3-5 overall. Davidson, tied with Webb in the East/Middle 1 standings (each 2-0), is 3-5 overall.

 

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