Warriors fall 30-0 at Rocky Mount
J.F. Webb saw the pressure coming on film.
The Warriors saw it in their face on the field.
There was just nothing the middle of the offensive line could do to stop Rocky Mount's rush Friday night.
Not only did the heavy rush force five turnovers and create seven sacks, but it also held J.F. Webb scoreless in a 30-0 loss at Rocky Mount High School.
"We saw it all week," Midgette said. "They were bringing pressure up the middle all night, which we knew they were going to do. We just couldn't react to the pressure they were giving."
Webb (1-1) did what it could to counter act the pressure - running traps and pulls - but nothing worked.
Starting running back Tobiah Lewis, who ran for three touchdowns in the Warriors' season-opening victory, was held to just 35 yards on 13 carries. had only 15 yards on his first 11 carries.
Quarterback Beau Smith ran routinely was flushed out of the pocket and threw two interceptions.
"The pressure's not a big deal until it actually gets there," Midgette said. "When it gets there, that messes up everything - our angles of our pulling guards, our down blocks and all that kind of stuff. When one of those backers gets back in the backfield, of course, it's going to disrupt anything we are trying to do."
Rocky Mount (2-0) didn't possess superior size, but its smaller linebackers - none of which are taller than six feet and only one weighs more than 200 pounds - were able to find cracks in the offensive line.
Problems started right away. On just the third play, Smith was forced to scramble in a collapsing pocket and the ball was knocked loose. Rocky Mount took a 10-point lead four plays later.
Webb had the ball inside the Rocky Mount 35-yard line just five times, and only once were the Warriors inside the 25-yard line. But even that possession, which started after a Rocky Mount fumble, was cut short after pressure forced Smith's second interception.
Rocky Mount never intend to ruin every facet of Webb's offense, just its running game.
"They were a big running football team," Rocky Mount coach Jason Battle said. "Watching them on film, they do some thing that are pretty scary. ... All we want to do is stop the run and be more physical than you are."
Webb finished with just 142 total yards of offense, which was overshadowed by four turnovers. The Warriors had just 105 yards with four minutes remaining in the game.
"We just couldn't get it going offensively," said Midgette, who challenged his team's commitment in the post-game huddle.