SPRINGHILL—North Webster senior quarterback J.O. Smith proved his skills as a two-way player as he scored touchdowns on both sides of the ball to lead his team to a 23-12 Homecoming victory over the Mansfield Wolverines.
"It was a great game, and J.O. played another good game," North Webster head coach John Ware said. "We had an injury in the secondary, so we had to play J.O. back there and he picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. He also ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown on offense. He has some good players around him, so it's hard for teams to key on him, but it doesn't matter if they key on him or not, he just makes plays."
Smith ended up with 17 carries for 118 yards. Devin White added 78 yards and a touchdown and Conro McMullen added a 31-yard field goal for the Knights.
As good as the offense played, Ware feels his defense controlled the game.
"Our defense has played great all year," he said. "We've gotten better and better every week, and they really stepped it up Friday night. It was 23-12 at halftime, and that's what it ended up. We stayed in bad field position for most of the second half, and the offense did what they could. But our defense is really pretty good and they made the difference."
The Knights defense proved to be too much for the Wolverines, as they turned them back four times in the second half when Mansfield had the ball inside the Knights' 20-yard line. North Webster held Mansfield to 0 points in those four possessions and held on for the win to improve to 4-3 on the season.
This week, North Webster will play North Caddo, former home of Ware.
"It's going to be a real big game," he said. "I'm sure they'll treat it as their Super Bowl."