Warriors sack Panthers in Midgette's homecoming

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 09:56 PM

J.F. Webb hadn’t scored a point since Week 1 entering Friday’s game at Pasquotank County.

But the Warriors’ offense broke out of the slump with four touchdowns and a 30-13 win over the Panthers (3-2) in Webb head coach Tony Midgette’s return to Elizabeth City.

The defense was just as impressive, racking up 12 sacks on Pasquotank’s pass-heavy offense.

“After playing good teams early and getting down 1-2, it was definitely a big win for us,” said Midgette, whose Webb team improved to 2-2.

Webb led 13-7 at halftime and Midgette credited the Warriors’ attacking defense with the second-half turnaround.

Midgette said Gearl Majors and Johnathan Harris combined for most of the sacks.

“That’s what we wanted to do,” Midgette said of the defensive pressure. “We did a good job making sacks even when we weren’t blitzing.”

Midgette played at Elizabeth City State following his days at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City.

“It’s good to go back and show them the kind of things you’ve accomplished while you’ve been gone,” said Midgette. “Family and everybody there was real supportive.”

Webb’s Tobiah Lewis had two rushing touchdowns and quarterback Beau Smith connected with Nykwanza Henderson for scores from 63 and 58 yards.

Lewis ran for 143 yards and scored on carries from one and four yards out.

Smith threw for 136 yards in perhaps his best outing of the season.

“I think this was his best game so far throwing the ball,” said Midgette. “Our protection was awesome.”

Webb opens 3-A Big Eight Conference play at home this week with Chapel Hill (1-3).

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