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Webb runs for 343 in a half, rolls

Webb advanced to the state semifinals and remained undefeated in Division II-A with a 49-0 rout over Southern Baptist Educational Center, Friday Nov. 11, at Faust Field.

The shutout was just the third time Webb (9-2, 6-0) shutout its opponent in the postseason.

For Caleb Blance, the win celebrated his recent 5,000-yard career as a Spartan. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Blance was honored as having the most rushing yards in Webb history.

Coming into the playoffs, he rushed for 1,414 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011.

But against SBEC, he had arguably his best performance of the season.

Todd Kelly Jr. put Webb up 7-0 after a 2:55 drive was capped by his 1-yard touchdown run and after the Trojans’ drive stalled on fourth down, Blance took the game into his own hands.

The very next play, he ran for a 78-yard touchdown; the next offensive drive, a 12-yard touchdown, and the drive after that a 10-yard touchdown.

“The holes were huge,” Blance, a Mr. Football finalist, said. “The line did their job and I just hit the holes and got to the endzone.”

SBEC quarterback Josh Kimberlin entered the night with 1,468 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. The Spartans’ defense held the Division 1 recruit under 150 total yards and off the scoreboard.

“We knew if we came out and hit them early it would be good for us and we would have the momentum,” Blance said. “We prepared hard all week and held their offense in check.”

The Spartans’ defense forced four turnovers, including an interception by defensive Mr. Football finalist, Brewer Congleton.

The senior linebacker eclipsed 130 tackles on the year along with his third interception.

A rushing score from Bryan Berube and two from Jim Dolinak put Webb ahead 49-0 at halftime, where the score remained for the entire second half.

The Spartans backfield ran for 343 yards in the first half alone.

Webb stays at home for a rematch of the 2009 state championship against University School of Jackson, who won 48-41 in double overtime against ECS. Opening kickoff at Faust Field is 7 p.m.

Last time the teams met, Webb won 30-0 and Blance ran for 212 yards.

“I feel like I have had a hard-fought career here,” Blance said. “But I’m not done yet. Hopefully I can help my team win the state championship.”


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