Hobbled Warriors fall to unbeaten Orange

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

J.F. Webb focused on staying competitive and keeping it close early in the week leading up to Friday’s game with Orange.

Easier said than done against one of the top teams in the state.

Orange, ranked seventh in the latest Associated Press Class 3-A state high school football poll, led Webb 42-0 at halftime on its way to a 56-7 win.

The Warriors (2-7, 0-5 Big Eight Conference) have dropped five straight and played without four starters Friday including quarterback Beau Smith and defensive line stalwart Gearl Majors.

Orange improved to 9-0 overall and is tied with no losses with Southern Durham atop the Big Eight standings.

“I’m pretty sure they didn’t want us to be the spoiler,” said Webb head coach Tony Midgette.

Orange free safety J.D. Brooks scored a first-half touchdown on a 92-yard punt return and had an interception of 85 yards for a score in the third quarter.

Orange running back Patrick Pettiford finished with 150 rushing yards on 11 carries and had a 55-yard scoring run less than 30 seconds into the game.

Tevin Evans tallied Webb’s lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a short run. It came against Orange’s subs, but Midgette sees the positives in that with his inexperienced team still soaking up every extra down it can get.

“That’s their team next year,” Midgette said of Orange. “And we’re playing with our team that we’re going to have next year.”

Webb running back Tobiah Lewis had 73 yards on 21 carries. He eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the season in last week’s loss to Cedar Ridge.

The Warriors host Southern Durham this week before closing the season at Northern Vance.

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