Things change fast in the world of high school football. Just ask the North Webster Knights.
One week ago, they were viewed as underdogs in a game against Mansfield that if lost would likely have kept them out of the LHSAA 3A playoff bracket. Now, they are comfortably in the postseason.
The Knights knocked off the Wolverines 38-22 behind a stout rushing attack and timely defensive stops and they now sit at No. 24 in the LHSAA’s Class 3A power ratings. With a win this week against Green Oaks, on what will be senior night in Springhill, North Webster can also ride into the postseason with a two-game winning streak, momentum and a .500 record.
North Webster should be heavy favorites, with Green Oaks limping into the contest with a 1-8 record following last week’s loss to Bossier. The Giants do feature a talented cast of skill players the Knights will need to contain, although LSU commit De’Coldest Crawford will miss the game with a broken finger. That will put much of the pressure on returning all-district WR Jaylon Jackson to make plays for Green Oaks.
North Webster will look to two-way playmaker Ja’marcus Stephens at safety and cornerbacks Jalon Thomas and Jacobreious Walker to contain the Green Oaks speedster.
Offensively, the Knights will look to continue pounding things out on the ground with Stephens, QB Collin McKenzie, RB Cooper Sanders and a hungry offensive line led by senior tackles Tyee Modisette and Drew Hutchinson.
The Knights and Giants will kickoff the regular season finale Friday at 7 p.m. from Baucum-Farrar Stadium.
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