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Spartans earn first-round playoff bye, home game, with rout

Webb won its eighth consecutive game and completed a perfect record in division play with a 42-0 win over Davidson Academy Friday, Oct. 28.

The win assures Webb (8-2) home field advantage and a first round bye going into the Division II-A playoffs.

For the seniors, it was the last regular season game they’ll ever play at Webb’s Faust Field.

For everyone else, it was business as usual.

“I knew I had to step up for my seniors and I knew I had to step up for them,” sophomore tailback Todd Kelly said. “The line blocked well and we were able to capitalize early.”

Kelly did just that midway through the first quarter when his 5-yard touchdown run put the Spartans up 7-0.

For a while, both offenses were stagnant, which allowed the Spartans defense to put points of their own on the board.

Bryan Berube stepped in front of Zillon Porter’s pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter.

“The receivers ran two in-between routes and I was right in between them,” Berube said. “I just read it and it kind of just fell in my hands. I just ran straight and that was really it.”

Senior Neil Butler followed suit, forcing and recovering a football on Davidson’s 10-yard line. Two plays later, Kelly found the end zone for the second time.

Before halftime, Berube scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to put Webb ahead 28-0 at the break.

Sophomore Matthew Melton’s second half interception was returned 48 yards for the second defensive TD of the night. Webb’s next offensive possession, a 6:03-long drive, ended with Jim Delink capping the scoring.

In his last regular season game, senior Caleb Blance ran for 98 yards and surpassed 1,400 yards on the season.

“Tonight was a great game,” Blance said. “I’ll remember all these years and my great time in this program. I feel like we’ve been building up since my freshman year, and I’ve gotten a lot out of the program.”

Webb has No. 1 seed in Division II-A East/Middle 1 for the third straight season and will host an opponent decided after next week’s results.

“We just keep practicing hard, keep doing what we do best, stay confident in our offense and keep playing Webb football.”


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