Crusaders capitalize on Webb mistakes
Big plays made a difference in Friday’s matchup between J.F. Webb and Cardinal Gibbons — but they weren’t the deciding factor, according to Webb head coach Tony Midgette.
All three interceptions by senior Beau Smith, in his first season at quarterback, proved costly in Webb’s 46-21 loss.
The first one, on Webb’s initial drive of the game, was returned to the Warriors’ 3-yard line, setting up a score.
The second came in Webb’s end zone near the end of the first half with the Warriors down two touchdowns and the third was returned for a score in the third quarter, albeit with the game out of reach.
“They’re a good football team,” Midgette said of Gibbons. “When you make a mistake, they’re going to capitalize. Of course, we would love to have those back. Those weren’t the things that lost us the game. They threw the ball on us all night. I can’t be mad at a guy that’s never played quarterback and expect him to make the right decision on every play.”
Throw it all night Gibbons did and that’s exactly what Midgette expected.
Crusaders’ quarterback Shawn Stankavage was 16-of-23 for 208 yards and three scores and added 47 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Gibbons racked up 437 yards of total offense and running back Peyton Offnick tallied 104 yards on six carries with two touchdowns.
“We knew what it was when we came in,” Midgette said of Gibbons’ aerial attack. “We wanted to get pressure. But if we make mistakes, if we get out of lanes or we jump the wrong guy in coverage, he’s going to take advantage of that.”
Gibbons, which improved to 5-1 overall, never lost a game in the 3-A Carolina Conference and the Crusaders are off to a 2-0 start in the Big Eight. Webb dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.
“All we’re trying to do is improve from last year,” said Midgette, “improve from the first game and the last game we play. That’s all we ask.”
Webb’s Tobiah Lewis ran for 112 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown.
Tevin Evans had 41 rushing yards and a score for Webb and Smith added a rushing touchdown.
Webb trailed 28-14 when it drove to Gibbons’ 16 with the first-half clock winding down.
Smith tossed a ball to the right side of the end zone into double coverage. Gibbons’ William Von Jess appeared to push off on the Webb receiver before leaping for the interception.
“We thought it was an interference call, but he caught the ball,” said Midgette. “We thought we had something going into halftime right there. We tried to get the ball to one of our best players. It just came up to who wanted it I guess.”
Then to start the second half, Stankavage’s first pass was nearly intercepted. On the first play from scrimmage, a Webb defender had real estate to run but couldn’t hang on to the ball and a pick-six was avoided.
Five plays later, Gibbons had a touchdown to make it 34-14.
The Warriors, who visit Northwood (5-1, 1-1) this week, finished with 289 yards of total offense.
Northwood knocked off Cedar Ridge 79-28 Friday.
CG — Dante DiMaggio 3 pass from Shawn Stankavage (Chris Gorman pass from Stankavage), 7:38.
JFW — Tobiah Lewis 2 run (William Gillespie kick), 3:58.
CG — Earl Gill 23 pass from Stankavage (DiMaggio pass from Stankavage), 1:25.
JFW — Beau Smith 10 run (Gillespie kick), 10:19.
CG — Peyton Offnick 25 run (pass failed), 8:28.
CG — Stankavage 1 run (pass failed), 1:55.
CG — Offnick 42 run (run failed), 10:33.
CG — DiMaggion 52 pass from Stankavage (pass failed), 6:27.
CG — Scott Henion 46 interception return (pass failed), 2:14.
JFW — Tevin Evans 1 run (Gillespie kick), 4:49.
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