SHREVEPORT-The North Webster Knights closed out their 2013 regular season with a 41-12 win over Booker T. Washington High School Friday in Shreveport.
With the win, the Knights improved to 7-3.
The final score doesn't show it, but the game was close in the first half.
"We struggled a bit early," North Webster head coach John Ware said. "We were down 12-6 and then came back to lead 18-12 at the half. We really didn't play well in the first half, but we came out after halftime and took control of the game. We just went out and took care of business and did what we had to do."
Ware said he thought his team might have been looking ahead to this Friday's first-round playoff game.
"I would imagine we were looking ahead some," he said. "You can sit there and tell your team all week long that BTW is better than a 1-9 team, but when your headed to the playoffs the next week, it just happens. We went into halftime and made some adjustments. BTW played hard. It was their Senior Night so they were playing for pride and wanted to go out on a win. We didn't have the right mind set, but good teams find a way to win and that's what we did. And I think that's a sign of the growth of our program."
Next up for the Knights will be a first-round playoff game at Iowa High School.
"They seem to be a pretty good team," Ware said. "They started the season 7-0, but they lost their last three, but they are a very good football team and we'll have to play well."
Going on the road in the first road doesn't scare Ware.
"To be honest, your going to have to win games on the road if you want to get to the ultimate goal, a state championship," he said. "That's what we're shooting for, so we have to play on the road for the first game, or the second game. It doesn't matter to us."
Devin White led the Knights with 151 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a two-point conversion.
Lyntravious Gipson added 48 yards and two scores, and Mitchell Butler had 41 yards. Fullback Ryan Hawthorne carried seven times for 30 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Smith had a nine-yard run.
Alex Taylor completed four of 11 passes for 71 yards.
Montavious Smith had two catches for 25 yards, Willie lee caught one for 26 and Gipson had a 20-yard reception.
The Knights will begin their playoff run this Friday night at Iowa High School.