Fullback Matt O’Neal leads Knight with three touchdowns
SPRINGHILL- The North Webster Knights closed out their first season as a new school with a 32-14 win over Booker T. Washington on Friday. North Webster (2-8, 1-4) snapped a six-game losing streak in front of an appreciative home crowd.
"It's good to end the season with a win," North Webster head coach Joey Pesses said. "It's always good to win, but I'd like to still be playing, it's a little bittersweet."
Matt O'Neal ran for three touchdowns and J.O. Smith had a touchdown and two interceptions to lead the Knights. Lyntravious Gipson had a touchdown run and a pick and James Sapp also had an interception in the win.
Pesses said his team was excited with the win after the trying season.
"They were excited," Pesses said. "I think it was emotional for the seniors. But we've talked to the kids about playing for the guy next to them and that its very important that you learn something from your teammates, because those are the friends you'll have for the rest of your life. When you've gone through the things we've gone through this year, you form a bond."
North Webster went through a consolidation of schools (Springhill, Cotton Valley, Sarepta and Shongaloo) before the season, which brought together an uncertain potential team.
"It's been an experience for all of us this year, nobody knew what to expect," Pesses said. "The kids were still learning about the guys they've been working with for the last four months. But some of our kids have been going to school together for 12 years. We talked to the seniors about leaving their mark and going out on a high note, and they took a lot of pride in that. They took a step in that direction."