WEBSTER – A chance for success over a team with plenty of its own in recent years, awaits the Webster football team on Friday.
The Tigers open postseason play on the road to face a Bangor team that rolled through the regular season with a 9-0 record, including four consecutive shutout wins leading to the playoffs.
“There’s a reason (Bangor) has won two of the last four state championships,” Webster coach Andy Smith said. “Bangor does a nice job of running the ball and winning at the line of scrimmage.”
Webster qualified for the playoffs by snapping its four-game losing streak with an 8-0 win over Clear Lake last Friday, giving the Tigers a 4-4 overall record at the end of the regular season. It was the fifth consecutive game in which they’ve been limited to one score. This time it was Nathan Stadler who got that score and the game-winning points.
The Tigers and Clear Lake went through the first quarter without putting points on the board but a Webster drive that started late in the first and carried into the second, was capped with a 14-yard touchdown run from Stadler and a 2-point conversion run from Coleton Peterson. It was the first shutout win of the season for the Tigers.
“We have been playing great defense all year,” Smith said. “We have given-up a few early scores in games and then the defense has seemed to settle in. Friday, they were able to put together a complete game.”
Webster made a pair of 4th-down stops in the first half and ended another Clear Lake drive with a fumble recovery by Tim Fornego. The Tigers had a chance to add to their lead near the midway point of the third quarter, driving within Clear Lake’s 25-yard line, but the drive stalled and the 8-0 lead remained.
Fornego came up with another fumble recovery in the fourth quarter before Xavier Stanton made an interception to stop another Clear Lake drive. While the Webster coaching staff felt confident the win would put them in the playoffs, they still had to wait for confirmation.
“We felt that if we could get a win Friday, that we should be able to get into the playoffs because of how many tiebreakers we had over other teams,” Smith said.
Webster limited Clear Lake to 143 yards of total offense and just eight of those yards were gained through the air. Stadler led the Tigers’ offense with 95 yards on 13 carries; Peterson had 70 yards on 13 carries and completed four of his 14 pass attempts for 39 yards. Keith Glienke had 12 tackles on defense while Stadler and Fornego had seven each.
The Tigers’ defense now prepares for a Bangor team that has scored at least 40 points in all its games this season and posted over 50 in seven of those. Over the last four games of the season, Bangor has outscored its opponents 201-0.
The game was scheduled for 7 p.m.