SPRINGHILL – The North Webster Knights silenced any critics that emerged over the last two weeks, exploding for four touchdowns on the ground and playing dominant defense in a 55-12 homecoming victory over North Caddo.
The win moves North Webster back above .500 at 3-2 and provides them with a rejuvenated sense of confidence going forward into district play.
“We came out slow,” Knights head coach John Ware said. “We took over the second half like we’re supposed to and got back to what we’re supposed to be. We needed that last night.”
North Webster eased out to an early lead behind touchdown runs from Jalen Smith and Devin White. However, the Rebels answered with a pair of touchdowns to make it 19-12 at halftime.
“In the second half we decided we were going to run the football,” Ware said. “We’re not going to disguise anything or do anything fancy. The offensive line really took over the second half.”
The North Webster defense got settled in and shut out North Caddo in the second half, with the head coach stepping up to take the fall for the early troubles.
“We weren’t in good position by alignment,” Ware said. “That was my mistake. We adjusted at halftime up front and came out and shut it down.”
It was an important bounce back game for the Knights, who played in front of a large, homecoming crowd.
“It was a great crowd,” Ware said. “The past three weeks at home have all been great crowds. Homecoming feels a little different because we don’t have any reunions yet, but we do have a lot of representation from the community.”
Jalen Smith led the Knights with 156 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, followed by Devin White with 55 yards and two touchdowns of his own. TJ Hawthorne ran for 64 yards and a score and Kyler Harbour ran for an eight yard touchdown. Wesley Franklin had 29 receiving yards to lead the Knights and Cameron Huff threw for 70 yards.