Defensive rally falls short for Webb Spartans in state title game

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – It was a defensive showdown in the opening game of the BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Webb Spartans took on Memphis-area team Lausanne in the state championship game.

The Spartans held a 2-0 lead through 3 quarters after a safety in the first. However, the scoring came in the fourth and Webb was unable to keep up before falling 12-9, crowning Lausanne the Division II Class A State Champions.

Despite the loss, Webb’s head coach David Meske only had great things to say about his team.

“I’m proud of our football team,” said Meske. “Not many teams make it to state championship games. We’ve been to a number of them, and this team deserves it. They work really hard. I couldn’t be more proud of them. It doesn’t always go your way but they should keep their heads up because they had a great year this year. To be state runners-up is a great accomplishment for this team. We wanted to win one more, but it wasn’t because of effort because they gave tremendous effort every play.”

Also, after the game, junior linebacker Morgan Earnst was named defensive MVP for his game-high 12 tackles.

The state championship weekend is just getting started for area teams. Greenback kicks off Friday at 11 a.m., Alcoa follows at 3 p.m., and finally, Farragut kicks off at 7 p.m. All games are in Central time.

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