SPRINGHILL —The North Webster Knights used their powerful running game to roll over the Green Oaks Giants, 62-25, and clinch the first district championship in school history on Friday night at Baucaam-Farrar Stadium.
“We dominated up front the whole game,” Knights head coach John Ware said. “The kids played great and they were excited. It was just a great night. It’s been fun to see this program rise. The kids believe in what we do and it’s been a long journey.”
The Knights received to begin the game and strolled right down the field in less than two minutes, as Jalen Smith capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown run.
Green Oaks responded with a nice drive of their own, but were stopped on fourth down by a stingy North Webster defense.
The Knights got their second score of the game on a 9-yard pass from Cameron Huff to tight end Cole Stanford with less than minutes left in the first quarter.
The two teams traded stops for the majority of the remainder of the first half, but with less than two minutes left until halftime, North Webster got the ball on their own 20-yard line. Two plays later, Devin White carved through the Giants defense like a Halloween pumpkin and hurdled the last man between he and the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown run.
North Webster’s defense, led by defensive end Jaylon Bonton and linebackers Rico Gonzalez and Ke’Untra Gipson, played great the whole first half and limited Green Oaks to 94 offensive yards.
The Knights picked up right where they left off, rattling off 21 points in the third quarter, all of which came courtesy of the running backs.
Green Oaks did their best to keep up, putting 19 points on the board in the explosive third quarter, but North Webster continued to pile on points with 20 more in the final quarter.
The Knights finished with an eye-popping 544 yards rushing as a team, led by Devin White with 202 yards and two touchdowns.