With balanced scoring and tenacious defense, Webb School of Knoxville maintained its perfect 2022 record Thursday, Sept. 15.
At home at David Meske Stadium against regional rival Christian Academy of Knoxville, the Spartans scored touchdowns in each quarter and won 28-3. The “Battle of Dutchtown” win kept Webb undefeated at 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Division II Class AA East Region. The loss dropped CAK to 2-3, 0-2.
In their first four games the Spartans had averaged almost 47 points. “Defensively we played really well; offensively I didn’t think we got our best,” Webb head coach Dave Meske said.
Linebackers Joey Bonifacio and Cooper Cameron each had monster games on defense with 18 and 17 total tackles, respectively. Twelve of Bonifacio’s were solo, and 10 of Cameron’s.
The Spartans took a 7-0 lead with 6:14 left in the first quarter on junior running back Jalen Hill’s 6-yard run.
The drive started on CAK’s 28 because a punt was partially blocked. For the game, Hill gained 91 yards on 15 carries and scored twice.
CAK cut it to 7-3 with 4:04 left in the quarter when kicker Shepard Gaston converted a 26-yard field-goal attempt.
Webb made it 14-3 late in the half after Hill’s 23-yard scoring run. Spartans Quarterback Charlie Robinson hit freshman Shavar Young for 37 yards, setting up the TD. Webb got the ball when CAK failed on a fake punt attempt.
Robinson’s 23-yard TD run — he had 65 yards rushing for the game — with 5:59 left in the third made it 21-3. Hal Niendorff returned an interception 19 yards for a TD with 7:23 left to play.
“They’re a very good team, very well-coached, very disciplined on all ends,” Warriors’ quarterback Aiden Troutt said.
“I’m proud of our players, they battled,” CAK head coach Travis Mozingo said. “Our players are gonna give everything they’ve got. ... They believe in what we’re doing.”