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Webb stays unbeaten with major road win

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Webb QB Chris Burgoon was 7-of-15 passing against NLC on Friday night. He junior signal caller piled up 53 yards through the air.
(T-G File Photo by Brett Turner)
MILLBROOK, Ala. -- Almost five hours away from home and with a depleted roster, the Webb Feet appeared to have everything working against them before they even hit the field on Friday night.

Add a rough first half, and it looked as it they were headed for their first loss of the season. However, the Feet showed perseverance and class in the face of adversity and came out with the 24-6 win against the New Life Christian Eagles.

First half troubles

After a quick three and out by Webb to start the game, the Eagles got on the board first with a 65-yard touchdown run on its first offensive play of the game.

However, the extra point attempt was blocked and the score stood at 6-0. Turnovers and an inability to move the chains made for a slow first half for the Feet.

Being outsized on the didn't add to Webb's favor, either.

Despite only being down one score, things could have been much worse.

Penalties plagued both teams costing each side several yards in several key plays.

Game-changer

With only seconds left in the half, Webb found itself over 50 yards away from the end zone with time for one final play.

Seeing a chance to gain momentum headed into the half, Webb's coaching staff made a gutsy call that ended up paying big divdends.

Junior quarterback Chris Burgoon passed connected with wide receiver Chase Hullett for a 3-yard gain.

Hullett avoided a tackle and tossed a lateral to Alex Hulsey who scampered 50 yards for the touchdown.

The Eagles managed to get a hand on the extra point attempt, but the damage was done and Webb went into the half with the score knotted, 6-6.

Injuries take toll

As the second half began, Webb was also still feeling the effects of injuries to two key players dealt in the first half.

The Feet appeared to be managing well when a freak play struck.

On a punt return by the Eagles, which was called back for penalties, three of Webb's players went down with injuries.

The situation itself took about 20 minutes to clear up and ended with two Webb starters out for the remainder of the game.

Having been dealt a devastating blow on the injury front, it appeared a deplete Webb bench would be the Feet's undoing, but in fact, the Feet found a second wind on both sides of the ball.

New momentum

After play resumed, Webb appeared motivated and energized as ever by their injured teammates.

The Feet quickly went to work, forcing the Eagles to punt from deep in their own territory.

A few plays later Rio Russell ran for a 28-yard touchdown to put Webb up 12-6. Barely two minutes later, Russell got the ball again and this time ran it in from 42 yards out to put Webb up 18-6 at the end of the third.

New Life Christian attempted to come back, but simply had no answer for Webb's tough defensive effort.

Webb dealt the knockout blow on a 31-yard punt return TD from junior Houston Jones and the Feet were able to run the clock out to win 24-6.

Proud coach

"I have never been more proud to have been a part of a football game as I am tonight." said Head Coach David Forrest as he addressed his team shortly after the game. "You overcame and pushed through, I have never been more proud"

Stats

Quarterback Chris Burgoon was 7-for-15 passing for 53 yards and an interception.

He also carried the ball nine times for 35 yards.

Senior Ethan Arnold had four receptions for 33 yards and Chase Hullett recorded three receptions for 20 yards.

In addition to an improving pass game, Webb's run game continued to impress. Alex Hulsey had 12 carries for 67 yards and a TD on the night, and junior Rio Russell had a standout performance on the ground, running for 125 yards and 2 TDs.

Defensively, the Feet were lead by senior Sam Coleman, who registered a team high 10 tackles for the game. Juniors Alex Hulsey and Ben Morris also contributed 9 and 8 tackles respectively.

Webb faces Christian Community next in what some have regarded as one of the most important matchups in the MTAC this year. Webb will also play under their brand new field lights for the first time Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Webb 0 6 12 6 -- 24

NLC 6 0 0 0 -- 6


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