Webb overwhelms The King's Academy
Webb jumped out to a quick lead and flew past past a struggling King’s Academy offense on its way to a 42-6 rout of the Lions in both schools’ regular season finale on Friday.
“We ran into arguably the best football team in the state,” said TKA coach Matt Lowe. “There is a reason Webb has had the success that they have had, and I expect them to win the next four games that they play.”
Webb superstar Todd Kelly Jr. ran the ball in from 22 yards to put the Spartans up 7-0. This was followed by several stagnant TKA drives, and after just 10 minutes of play Webb (8-2) had established an insurmountable 35-0 lead.
“(Getting down early) is tough on the entire team,” Lowe said. “We felt like we had some things that we could have converted, but we just didn’t make the plays we needed to.”
Webb’s second team saw plenty of action after Spartan coach David Meske decided to sit his starters after only one quarter of play.
The Webb defense held TKA (5-5) to 13 first-half yards, and the Lions failed to cross midfield until late into the third quarter.
“Anytime they get up 21-0 you kind of realize you have to score every possession,” said quarterback Adam Deatherage. “And we didn’t go out and do that.”
The Webb running game wreaked havoc on the TKA defense, gaining more than 300 yards on the ground. Kelly carried the ball only three times, all in the first quarter, but all three went for Spartan touchdowns.
Webb took a 42-0 lead into the locker room, leading to a running clock for the entire second half. After trading fumbles in the fourth quarter, TKA running back Jason Maduafokwa finally got the Lions on the board with a 28-yard touchdown run.
Despite the loss, Maduafokwa managed to push his rushing total over 1,000 yards for the season. He is the first TKA player to do so in recent history.
“We are not having success locating some statistics,” Lowe said, “But just asking backwards, they don’t know of another running back to have over 1,000 yards here, and we felt like we have done some things offensively this year that (they) haven’t been done here in a while.”
Friday also marked the last game for a talented senior class that led the team to five wins for the first time since 2009.
“It’s definitely very bittersweet,” Deatherage said. “I have a lot of really good memories here, and I just love everybody here.”