SHREVEPORT—The North Webster Knights may have headed into their Friday night match-up with the #2 ranked Evangel Eagles as huge underdogs, but the Knights gave them all they wanted before losing, 35-14.
"We fought hard on every play," North Webster head coach John Ware said to the media. "We had two special teams blunders that hurt, but I was very proud of our effort. We are going to get better."
North Webster's defense, which has played well all season-long, set up the game's first score. Alex Taylor picked up an Evangel fumble and returned it to inside the Eagles' five-yard line. On the next play, Knight running back Ryan Hawthorne scored from the one-yard line to give the Knights the early lead. Conroe McMullen added the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
The Eagles came back to take a 14-7 lead into halftime.
Evangel scored twice in the third quarter to take a 28-7 lead, but the Knights would keep fighting.
The Knight's defense set up their second score of the night, as defensive back Jacarlyn Miles intercepted an Evangel pass. North Webster's freshman running back Devin White cut the lead to 28-14 with a 29-yard touchdown run.
White led the Knights with 115 yards on 15 carries. He also caught one pass for 12 yards. Quarterback J.O. Smith added 30 yards and Hawthorne had 12.