Webster ended the season with a 3-7 record, dropping the last four games on the schedule. Ballard Memorial finished with a 6-4 mark.
The Bombers, which outlasted WCHS 8-6 last year, feature one of the top quarterbacks in the state in Alex Mallory and he certainly didn't disappoint the Ballard faithful that made the trip. The senior signal-caller put on quite a show, passing for 270 yards on 17-of-27 attempts and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 54 yards on just four carries.
"It's very tough to go out like this, a very disappointing loss on our home field," WCHS head coach Matt Kettler stated. "But Ballard is a very good team and when you have a quarterback of that caliber, it makes them very difficult to defend. He pretty much did anything he wanted to do."
After a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter, the Bombers opened the offensive flood gates, scoring 46 straight points.
Webster's best offensive possessions of the game came in the first quarter, taking the opening kick off and driving to the Ballard 36. But the Bombers stood strong on defense and took over on downs. Mallory completed 3-of-4 passes on the Bombers first possession and advanced the ball to the WCHS 19. But a fumble that was recovered by Laken Benson gave the ball back to the Trojans.
Webster again looked inspired on offense, thanks to a fine catch by senior receiver Derrick Douglas on a perfect 19-yard strike from Landon Harting. A roughing-the-passer penalty on the play pushed the ball into Ballard Memorial territory once again. Two powerful runs from Jamey Kennada along with another BMHS penalty had the Trojans clicking at the BM 37. Once again, the Bombers held on fourth down to regain possession at the WC 32.
Mallory and squad then went to work, moving 78 yards in seven plays for the touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, a one-yard run by Tyler Gough. The PAT was short but the Bombers held a 6-0 lead.
Webster went three-and-out on it's next possession and the Bombers added to their scoring as Mallory connected with Alex Hill on a 20-yard touchdown. That would be a combination that the Trojans would soon want to forget. The senior duo hooked-up for two more touchdowns and the lightning-quick Hill was definitely Mallory's favorite target. The 5-foot-4, 130-pound Hill finished with over 200 yards receiving.
"They're a very solid team and those two guys are some of the best we've seen all year," Kettler stated.
On the ensuing kickoff, Ballard's Tyler Gough recovered a high-hoping kick putting the ball right back into the hands of Mallory at the WC 32. Six plays later, Mallory pounded into the end zone from 1-yard out to give the Bombers a 19-0 lead and 6:13 left in the second quarter.
A Webster fumble opened the door for the Bomber's fourth TD, a 19-yard strike from Mallory to Hill with 3:13 to go in the half.
WCHS put together a very strong drive on the last possession of the half thanks to a 20-yard pass from Harting to Laken Benson, followed by a spectacular catch and run by Derrick Douglas that covered 49 yards to the BMHS 16.
Two plays later, Harting hit Kennada with a 9-yard reception at the BM 4-yard line and the clock clicking under a minute. Three plays later, the Trojans were still at the four, facing a fourth-and-four with :04 remaining in the clock. Harting intended pass to Benson in the end zone was batted down by Mallory.
Webster had 171 yards in the half but couldn't find the end zone while the Bombers amassed over 250 yards in the half. The Trojans finished the game with 235 total yards, 95 on the ground and 140 via the air. Kennada paced the attack with 75 yards rushing on 19 carries. Harting was 7-of-19 through the air, hitting on 7-of-19 passes.
Douglas had 68 yards receiving on six catches while Benson added 61 yards on four receptions. Ballard used a 40-yard kickoff return by Jake Wildharber to open the third quarter and move to the WC 26 in just two plays. But a Benson interception at the 5-yard line halted the scoring threat.
After the Bombers limited the Trojans to just three plays, they scored on three straight possessions to extend the lead to 46-0 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
Webster got on the scoreboard with 6:11 left in the game when Harting hooked-up with Benson for a 43-yard touchdown. Kennada powered his way into the end zone for the two-point conversion run to make it 46-8.
BMHS scored it's final TD on the next possession to set the final score. The Bombers completed the game with 439 total yards, 270 in the air and 169 on the ground.
"We have to shake this off, keep our heads up and get ready for next week," Kettler stated.
"It's certainly not how we wanted these seniors to finish up in their final game on their home field, but they've helped turn this program around and I've sure earned a great deal of respect for them over the past two seasons."
Webster will travel to Edmonson County this Friday night for the opening round of the Class 3-A, Region 1 playoffs. The Wildcats enter the game with a 6-4 overall record and claimed the second seed in District 2 standings with a 3-1 mark, losing only to Russellville.
But a bright light for the Trojans could be Edmonson's play late in the season. They've lost three of their last four games, including a 41-14 thumping from Hancock County last Thursday night.
"They're a little bit beaten up and haven't played very well of late, just like us," Kettler stated. "We need a great week of practice and focus and we can go up there and get a playoff win."
The contest begins at 7:30 in Brownsville.
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