Webb thrives as Chargers pick up senior night win, 27-14
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, November 9, 2019
It wasn’t perfect, but another strong night of defense and a heavy ground attack propelled Ayden-Grifton to a senior night win over rival Kinston Friday night, 27-14.
While also sending out the Chargers (8-2, 4-2) seniors on a high note the game was revenge against the Vikings, who eliminated A-G in the 2-A playoffs last season.
The Chargers were once again led by a strong performance from running back Michael Webb, whose 18 carries for 109 yards led to all four touchdowns for A-G on the night. Webb also recorded the game sealing interception late in the fourth quarter.
“He’s done it all for three years,” A-G head coach Paul Cornwell. “He’s come out in his senior year and he wants to leave a great legacy just like the rest of our seniors. He brings it everyday, and you can’t ask for more than that”
Fellow back Marlon Cannon also had a strong game, finishing with 23 carries for 156 yards. Quarterback Josh Wright may have not been effective through the air, failing to complete either of his two passes, but he did provide some production with his legs, rushing for 24 yards on 11 carries.
Leading 21-14 with 10:24 to go in the game, the Chargers were looking for a big conversion to help bleed the clock and walk away with a big win. As they had all night the offense turned to Webb, who rushed for 10 yards on fourth down. Upon further review however officials claimed a turnover on downs, as the ball was mere inches from a conversion.
It was up to the defense to make a stop once again, which quickly forced Kinston into a punting situation on fourth down. Vikings punter Diego Patino had trouble brining in the snap, and before he knew it a host of Chargers defenders engulfed him at the Vikings 13-yard line. The turnover then led to a pitch from Wright to Webb on the Chargers next offensive play. Webb ran seven yards for his fourth touchdown of the night. The score gave A-G a 27-14 advantage, and sealed the win for the Chargers.
The win only improved the Chargers potential playoff seeding, for which brackets will be released this afternoon. It will be the 19th consecutive year A-G has made the postseason.
“It (the streak) just says a lot about the kids and coaches that have come through this program,” Cornwell said. “The consistency is great. There were a lot of kids out here tonight that were a part of all those playoff games. They come back to celebrate these seniors and see this game. That’s what it’s all about. They have their legacy here and this group of seniors is getting the chance to leave theirs.”
Cornwell became emotional when asked about this years group of seniors.
“They’ve been awesome,” he said. “Since we started our offseason program in January they’ve done a phenomenal job. Before tonight’s game it was hard, with Michael Webb and JC (Darden). They said, ‘Coach we just want you to be proud of us.’ I couldn’t be any more proud of those guys, they’ve done everything they’ve been asked to do and I love them. I told every one of them tonight before we stepped on the field that I loved them.”