North Webster comeback bid falls short

Minden  34
North Webster 27

The North Webster Knights could not complete a gutsy fourth-quarter comeback in what is becoming one of north Louisiana’s greatest rivalries.

After the Knights raced out to a 13-0 lead, it was the Minden Crimson Tide that took control, storming back for a 34-27 victory in the latest installment of the Webster Parish Super Bowl.

The Knights jumped on top swiftly thanks to a long touchdown pass from Colin McKenzie to Jatareon Robinson. After a successful onside kick, North Webster was right back in the end zone. This time the score was on the ground from running back Cooper Sanders.

From there, the Tide got rolling.

Minden pounded out back-to-back scoring drives on the ground while the Tide defense stiffened and stifled North Webster’s potent offense for most of the remaining half.

Minden led 21-13 late in the second quarter when McKenzie found Sanders in the back of the end zone for the Knights’ third touchdown of the night. McKenzie would call his own number on a naked bootleg for the 2-point conversion, and the two teams entered halftime tied at 21-21.

Minden came out blazing in the second half, marching right down the field to reclaim the lead.

North Webster’s offense was held scoreless in the third quarter which proved problematic when the Tide tacked on another touchdown to their lead on a beautiful play action pass.

Down 34-21 late in fourth quarter action, the Knights were able to find paydirt on a short McKenzie touchdown run, but the extra point try was no good, making it 34-27.

With less than three minutes left in the game, North Webster seized all the momentum by recovering their second onside kick exactly when they needed it.

The Knights couldn’t capitalize on the moment though, as the Tide defense locked in, stopping the Knights on three straight downs before recording a fourth-down interception to seal the game.

The Knights (2-1) will be back home next week to take on the Jena Giants.