CHAPEL HILL — Rarely is a game with a score as lopsided as Chapel Hills 25-0 Friday high school football win against Webb so closely contested.
The Tigers (7-2) amassed 279 yards of total offense, while the Warriors (2-7) produced a relatively respectable 234. But turnovers, along with Chapel Hills ability to consistently make plays on third and fourth downs, preserved the Tigers homecoming shutout.
The guys are getting back to what we do best, and thats play solid football from start to finish, Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said. They were on the attack from the start. We just have to keep it going.
Both teams favored a ground-based offensive attack. After an early fumble by the Warriors, Chapel Hills Darius Allen ran for one of his two first-half touchdowns, at 50-yard run. The Tigers led 7-0 after five minutes.
Webbs Tobiah Lewis used his bruising size to advance the line of scrimmage. Chapel Hill struggled to contain the fullback, though when the Warriors began to threaten, they again turned the ball over this time, on an interception thrown by quarterback Corey Evans.
A three-and-out series from Chapel Hill produced the games first punt. But Webb muffed the reception and again relinquished possession, this time at their own 44. Chapel Hill marched the ball up the field, converting on two fourth-down plays before Darius Allen finally, on the first play of the second quarter, ran the ball in from six yards out for his second touchdown. The Tigers missed the extra point, but led 13-0.
Webb received the ball on the 30 yard-line on the kickoff, and again used their ground game to move the ball. The Tiger defense redeemed two offsides penalties by keeping Webb out of the end zone on 4th-and-goal at the two yard-line. Chapel Hill took its 13-0 lead and 134 yards of total offense into the half.
Two big throws from quarterback T.J. Johnson to Grant DeSelm and Alex Duncan compensated for poor starting field position on Chapel Hills first drive of the half. Allen ran the ball 15 yards for his third touchdown of the contest, capping off a 94-yard drive.
Darius, hes been there all season, Marsh said. Weve just got to keep doing the little things, keep him healthy. Hes just got to stay focused, and if he can do that, we can continue to play for a little while longer.
CHHS missed the two-point conversion.
With four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Eddie Burgard scored on one of the games few passing plays, converting a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch on the right sideline into a 55-yard touchdown. Chapel Hills point-after attempt hit the upright.
On their final drive of the game, the Warriors began a drive from the Tiger 48 and advanced quickly. But Chapel Hill forced 4th and 10 and repossessed the ball at its six yard-line.
We just turned up the tempo in practice this week, Marsh said. We told them we need to see speed. Last week, the game against Northern Vance woke us up. Im definitely pleased with the way we responded.