SHREVEPORT—The North Webster Knights' three-game winning streak came to an end Friday night as they lost to Calvary Baptist, 41-14.
"They are just a very good team," North Webster head coach John Ware said of the Cavaliers. "Anytime a team can beat the defending 5A state champions and the runner-up in back-to-back weeks, they're good. They're hard to handle, but we went out there and played hard. We didn't quit at any point in time."
The Cavaliers out-gained the Knights 459-237.
"Their offense is as good as I've seen in a long time," Ware said. "You can't focus on just one thing. If you get too many people in the box, they can throw it deep. If you back off too far, they have a running back that's very good."
North Webster stayed close early in the game, trailing only 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
"We were in the game in the first quarter," Ware said. "But in the second quarter we had some things happen that we didn't take advantage of. We got into the red zone three times and didn't score."
Calvary did take advantage of their opportunities and scored 27 points in the quarter to take a 34-0 halftime lead.
The Knights made a game of it in the second half, scoring twice and holding Calvary to just one more score. Knights quarterback J.O. Smith hit Justin Lewis on a 31-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and then Michael Morse returned a blocked punt 10 yards for the other score.
"We could've went one of two ways in the second half," Ware said. "And we came out to play. We came out and played physical and made some plays. We ran the ball well between the 20's, but we just couldn't punch it in. We did a lot of things well, we played well on special teams and got a blocked punt. But we just couldn't consistently stop their offense. But I think this game will end up helping us in the long run."
Smith led the team with 129 yards rushing on 22 carries and Devin White added 30 yards on nine carries. Ryan hawthorne carried nine times for 24 yards. Lyntravious Gipson had two catches for 21 yards and lewis had the 31-yard TD catch.