Webster advances to All-City Preview semifinals
BY JON POTTS World Correspondent
Friday, August 24, 2012
8/24/12 at 3:52 AM
Webster defeated Edison 6-0 in the 70th annual All-City Football Preview Thursday night at Marshall Milton Stadium.
The Warriors will play East Central in the semifinals of the championship bracket at 6 p.m. Friday at Lafortune Stadium.
The Cardinals advanced with a tight 20-18 victory over Memorial. Earlier Thursday, the Chargers beat Rogers 34-0.
The championship game will be approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday at Lafortune. There also will be consolation action Friday at Milton Stadium starting at 6 p.m.
Webster 6, Edison 0: Darius Lowe and Kyle McAnelly sparked the Warriors. Lowe gained 67 yards on 12 carries and had the lone score. McAnelly had 12 carries for 62 yards.
"We wanted to focus on our running game," said Webster head coach Don Gibson. "The kids have been working hard. It was also key to get more consistency from the offensive line. "
Lowe scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 6:40 left. On the previous play, he had a 32 yard run. McAnelly also had a key 15 yard run on a third-down play during that drive.
Keyontae Jackson sealed the deal when he intercepted a pass at the Edison 40 with 51 seconds remaining.
"Our defense deserves a lot of credit," said Gibson. "I couldn't be more proud of the work they have been doing in practice."
Webster had an impressive opening drive behind some nice runs from McAnelly. The Warriors, however, were stopped at the Edison two yard line on fourth and short at the 8:06 mark of the first period.
The Warriors, however, perservered and eventually prevailed behind their stout defense and the rushing duo of Lowe and McAnelly.
"I can't tell you the last time Webster made it to the winners bracket," said Gibson. "We have the process in place to try and hold the kids more accountable and take it one step at a time."
East Central 20, Memorial 18: The Cardinals survived a furious rally to edge the Chargers. Trevaughn Cherry threw three touchdown passes for East Central
The Cardinals took a 20-6 lead with 4:50 remaining in the two-quarter game after Cherry's 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Johnson.
Memorial countered with a 64-yard scoring pass from Keith Driver to Grant Murphy just 45 seconds later to cut East Central's lead to 20-12.
Driver then scored on a 3-yard run with 26 seconds left to narrow the deficit to 20-18. The two-point conversion attempt to the score, however, was unsuccessful. East Central ran out the clock from there.
The Chargers scored first on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Driver to Roy Walker with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter.
The Cardinals, however, came right back to tie it after a 25 yard scoring pass from Cherry to Stanvon Taylor on a fourth-down play at the 5:32 mark of the first quarter.
Cherry found Taylor again on a 2-yard touchdown pass for a 14-6 lead with 17 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Memorial 34, Rogers 0: The Chargers had a couple of quick scores. Driver scored on a 24-yard run just one minute into the contest. Nine seconds later, Josh Smalls returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
Travior Walker had a pair of touchdown runs covering 69 and 48 yards. Roy Walker also had a 16-yard scoring run.
WEBSTER 6, EDISON 0
W: Lowe 4 run (run failed)
EAST CENTRAL 20, MEMORIAL 18
M: R. Walker 16 pass from Driver (pass failed)
EC: Taylor 25 pass from Cherry (kick blocked)
EC: Taylor 2 pass from Cherry (Taylor pass from Cherry)
EC: Johnson 6 pass from Cherry (kick blocked)
M: Murphy 64 pass from Driver (run failed)
M: Driver 3 run (pass failed)
MEMORIAL 34, ROGERS 0
M: Driver 24 run (Rathod run)
M: Smalls 35 fumble return (Austin run)
M: R. Walker 16 run (run failed)
M: T. Walker 48 run (run failed)
M: T. Walker 69 run (run failed)
Original Print Headline: Webster advances to All-City semifinals
Webster's Darius Lowe is tripped up by Edison's Michael Austin (bottom center) and Trey Miller (right) during the All-City Preview Thursday at Webster High School. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Memorial's Travior Walker had two touchdown runs against Rogers during the All-City Preview on Thursday night at Webster High School. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World