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Webb goes air route to build lead, romp Franklin Road

To say that Webb “ran” its winning streak to seven games in a 35-7 home win over Franklin Road Academy would be a misnomer.

In the first half, Webb (7-2) barely “ran” anything, as rushing game was held to under 75 yards. Junior quarterback Jack Grayson was forced to step up and fill the void Friday evening, Oct. 21.

His 11-yard touchdown pass to Brock Beeler put the Spartans on top 7-0 midway through the first quarter before FRA responded with a 22-yard touchdown run from Scott Looney.

A 30-yard touchdown run from Brian Berube was the only other score of the half, as Caleb Blance and T.K. Kelly were held under 30 yards rushing. Webb led 14-7.

“[The run game] just wasn’t there every play,” Grayson said. “I feel if the run game isn’t there we need to throw the ball some, and thankfully it worked out well. We had great balance”

Grayson finished 9-of-15 passing for 103 yards and threw his fourth TD pass of the season.

“I felt great, the O-line blocked real well and receivers ran great routes, and it felt great to throw the ball around 15 times,” he said.

In the second half, Webb’s offensive line wore down the Panthers’ line and allowed the rushing game to open up.

After becoming visibly frustrated in the first half, Kelly ran for a 10-yard touchdown, which was followed by a 25-yard touchdown.

“I was pretty frustrated in the first half, it gets to me really easily,” the sophomore said. “But I wanted to go out in the second half and make some plays, so that’s what I tried to do.”

Berube was Webb’s leading rusher with 84 yards on nine carries, including a touchdown. “We really just had to keep grinding at it, because they were changing up their schemes every play,” he said.

Caleb Blance’s score from 30 yards to capped Webb’s scoring with 5:22 remaining. Blance was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time since Webb lost to Ensworth Aug. 26, while Kelly was held to his lowest yard total yet as a tailback.

“The first two games we were frustrated and we didn’t get the win. So now we know what it feels like to be frustrated and play a whole game just to get the win.”

With the win, Webb moves to 5-0 in Division II-A and sets itself up for home-field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs.


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