Southern crushes Webb to clinch playoff berth
Southern beat Webb 56-7 Friday night to lock up a state 3-A playoff berth and set up a Big Eight 3-A Conference title showdown at home against league co-leader Orange next week.
For comparison purposes, Orange (10-0, 6-0 Big Eight) came to Oxford (2-8, 0-6) a week ago and won exactly the same score over Webb.
If Webb was a litmus test, Southern (8-2, 6-0) might appear vulnerable, because the Warriors, not a particularly explosive team, moved the ball much better against the Spartans than they did against Orange.
“We were a little flat coming out, because we played down to their level,” Southern coach Adrian Jones said.
After Friday’s game, Webb coach Tony Midgette said he told his players not to let their season be defined by the last two games.
“Keep competing,” Midgette said.
Webb quarterback Beau Smith messed up Southern’s shutout with his six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The reason Smith scored, Jones said, was because one of the reserves on the Spartans’ defense missed an assignment.
The yards Webb kept getting on offense and on kickoff returns were because Southern was playing without some key personnel, Jones said.
So no worries about the date with Orange in a few days, Jones said.
“We’re a confident team,” Jones said. “We’ve played some teams on Orange’s level — Scotland County and Hillside. So we got battle tested early, and we can handle adversity. We’ve been looking forward to it. We got this win. Now it’s time to get ready for them.”
Both Orange and Southern remained undefeated in the Big Eight Friday, Orange throttling third-place Cardinal Gibbons 49-28 at home after being tied at 28 at the half.
In other league action Friday night, Northwood won in overtime to tie Gibbons for the Big Eight’s third and last automatic playoff berth, though both teams can be assured of making the playoffs, with wild card berths plentiful.
Jones gave a shout out to Southern wide receiver Maurice Trowell for snagging a couple of catches against Webb to become the first player he’s coached to surpass 1,000 receiving yards.
Trowell has commited to play at N.C. State next season.
SOUTHERN 56, WEBB 7
Southern |28 |0 |21 |7 — 56
Webb |0 |0 |0 |7 — 7
S — Derrick Mason 39 pass from Kendall Hinton (Leonardo Orozco kick), 11:38
S — Jordan Brown 4 run (Orozco kick), 9:10
S — William Cameron 26 run (Orozco kick), 3:54
S — Cameron 2 run (Orozco kick), 38.1
S — Hinton 14 run (Orozco kick), 4:35
S — Brown 57 run (Orozco kick), 2:02
S —Toney Bass 73 run (Orozco kick), 33.5
S — Jordan Mackins 20 pass from Gregory Washington (Orozco kick), 2:28
W —Beau Smith 6 run (William Gillespie kick), 5:30 p.m.
RUSHING — Southern, Jordan Brown 7-96, Kendall Hinton 6-70, William Cameron 4-40, Toney Bass 3-71, James Taylor 2-7, Gregory Washington 1-8;Webb, Tobiah Lewis 21-73, Tevin Evans 7-22, Rakym Winstead 5-6, Beau Smith 4--15.
PASSING —Southern, Hinton 9-13-0 196, Washington 1-2-0 0; Webb, Beau Smith 11-21-0 87, Michael Phillips 1-1-0 14.
RECEIVING —Southern, Derrick Mason 5-115, Maurice Trowell 2-22, Brown 1-39, Jordan Mackins 1-20; Webb, Deshay Holifield 5-32, Deshawn Lewis 4-53, Winstead 1-5, Nykwanza Henderson 1-5, Taylor Williams 1-6.
Records — Southern 8-2, 6-0 Big Eight 3-A, Webb 2-8, 0-6 Big Eight.