HOMER – The North Webster Knights hardly broke a sweat in their 27-0 win over the Homer Pelicans.
With Homer dressing just 25 players, North Webster used their depth to their advantage and cruised after jumping out to a fast 21-0 halftime lead.
“We were average at best,” North Webster head coach John Ware said. “We jumped out to that 21-0 lead and just kind of cruised the rest of the way. It wasn’t as hyped up as last week’s game, and this happens at every level, but we didn’t do a lot of the things I wanted us to do.”
The Knights only had the ball for 23 offensive plays, as the clock seemed to run all night. Running back Devin White had just six carries on the night, but had no trouble turning two of those into touchdowns and adding another score on a punt return. Senior linebacker Ke’Untra Gipson added the other Knights’ touchdown with an interception return.
Knights’ quarterback Cameron Huff played well when asked to throw, drawing praise from his head coach.
“We went into the game wanting to throw it a little bit,” Ware said. “We had a few plays where we gave up a sack or Cameron held the ball a little too long, but overall it was pretty good.”
The Knights’ defense did what was expected of them, pitching a shutout and looking good while doing so.
The Knights were pleased with the easy win, but the Ware gave his team an important message after the game.
“I told them we have to keep getting better,” Ware said. “Our mental focus wasn’t there and that’s got to be there every week or you’re going to have a let down. I know it’s easy to get ready to play in big games, but you’ve got to learn how to do it every week and take care of business. We love winning and everything, but we like to win a certain way, that’s the mark of a good program.”
White led the team in rushing with 57 yards and three touchdowns and Jalen Smith rushed for 52 yards and added a 6-yard touchdown catch.
Huff was 7-8 for 41 yards passing, with four of those completions going to Wesley Franklin for 40 yards receiving.