Lewis leads Warriors to comeback win
J.F. Webb scored 29 unanswered points Friday as running back Tobiah Lewis led the Warriors to a 29-14 win over county rival Granville Central.
Lewis, a 5-foot-10, 235-pound senior, found the end zone three times and finished with 247 yards on 31 carries as Webb rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit.
“He kept getting stronger as the game went on,” said first-year Warriors’ head coach Tony Midgette.
Zach Watkins and Cameron Blanchard are the only seniors that start on Webb’s offensive front.
“I think they did an awesome job,” Midgette said of the offensive line as a group. “Especially with us having only two seniors, I thought they did an awesome job up front. We pass-protected pretty well and of course, that sets up the run.”
Webb took the lead in third when defensive back Antonio Bowden returned an interception 23 yards for a score. William Gillespie’s point after made it 15-14 before Lewis broke off a 73-yard run for touchdown in the final minute of the quarter.
Gillespie knocked in the point after to make it 22-14 entering the fourth. He was perfect on extra points and had a great game overall, according to Midgette.
Gillespie added another point following the Warriors’ final score, a Lewis run of 3 yards with 2:31 to play.
Granville Central scored on passing plays in the first and second quarters.
Panthers’ quarterback Jay Parker was 12-of-26 for 187 yards and Webb signal caller Beau Smith was 4-of-7 for 52 yards.
Webb visits Person this week. The Rockets lost 40-7 to Orange Friday.
“I feel real good,” said Midgette. “It’s good to keep the kids up and excited, keep them trusting in what we’re trying to accomplish in practice.”
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