There were just too many weapons for Booker T. Washington to stop Friday night at Leonard C. Barnes Stadium. And, North Webster made the Lions pay.
Coach John Ware’s Knights got 288 yards rushing combined from Jalen Smith and highly touted Devin White as North Webster opened District 1-3A play with a convincing 48-28 victory over BTW.
The victory raised the Knights’ overall record to 4-2 while BTW dropped to 1-4.
“They beat us on a couple of plays, but overall I thought we played well defensively,” Ware said afterwards. “We did a good job up front to open things up for our backs. We really do have a lot of weapons. You have to pick your poison.”
Smith has had a hot hand of late and continued against the Lions. He gained 166 yards on just nine attempts while scoring three times.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound White, one of the state’s top recruits, muscled his way for 122 yards on 14 carries. Ware alternated White from wingback to tailback throughout the night.
Ware’s other back, TJ Hawthorne was a thorn in the Lions’ side too. Hawthorne had 43 yards rushing on just four tries while adding two receptions for 67 yards. Quarterback Cameron completed 4 of 7 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Knights.
“We hit some passes on them too,” Ware added. “That keeps people from loading up the box on us.”
While North Webster seemed to have things in control, BTW kept it respectable and continued to move the ball at times.
Lytavious Anderson led his team with 45 yards rushing while quarterback Antonio Ward added 44 and Jaylen Jackson contributed 30. Ward also passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off twice.
North Webster jumped to a 6-0 in the first quarter thanks to Hawthorne’s 15-yard TD run on a counter.
However, BTW actually took its only lead of the game on North Webster’s next possession. Malik Patterson intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. Ward passed to Teaundrick Byrd for 2 points and an 8-6 lead for the Lions.
But Smith put his team on top for good moments later when Smith sprinted 52 yards with 5:03 left in the first quarter. The Knights led 14-8 after one period.
Smith added another touchdown on the third play of the second quarter for a 21-8 advantage. White’s 12-yard run made it 28-8 .