Auburn, Ala.--It was a record setting performance for 2018 Beauregard running back Ladamian Webb on Thursday night as he carried the ball 51 times for 365 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Hornets to their first-ever state title with a 33-13 victory over Wenonah at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Entering the game with 2,883 yards and 42 touchdowns, Webb’s five scores pushed him to 47 on the year and broke the single-season record of 46 in Alabama. He finished the year with 3,248 yards on the ground, good enough for second in a single year trailing only Jamarius Henderson’s 3,483 set two years ago.
The first half was all about momentum and Beauregard captured it first, forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff to put Webb in business. All it took was two plays for the speedy running back to find the end zone from 25 yards out to put the Hornets up 7-0 early.
Forcing a stop on defense, Beauregard got the ball back on offense and moved it deep into Wenonah territory before quarterback K.J. Holmes scrambled and fumbled the ball into the open field. Ultra-quick Telvin Miller was Johnny-on-the-spot for the Dragons, scooping the ball and racing 74 yards for the touchdown to tie the game.
Late in the first half Beauregard was again threatening but a Webb fumble at the 20 gave Wenonah life and they responded. With Rogers leading the way the Dragons drove 51 yards to the Beauregard 15 before he hit Anthony Hudson on a 15-yard touchdown strike. The extra point failed to leave it 13-7. A short field goal miss by the Hornets brought the half to a close with Wenonah up six.
Taking advantage of good field position to open the second half, Beauregard grabbed the momentum back from Wenonah on the shoulders of Webb. Going 69 yards on 10 plays with the junior doing much of the damage, the Hornets got the second TD of the night from the talented back to take a 14-13 lead.
Facing a fourth down on the Beauregard 46 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter, Wenonah rolled the dice and came up empty when Rogers was stopped just short of the first down. The Hornets would go 54 yards in 15 plays to break the game open with Webb again doing the damage one yard out.
That would signal the onslaught as Webb’s fourth score with just over five minutes remaining gave Beauregard a two touchdown advantage. The junior put the nail in the coffin of the Dragons just three minutes later when he broke a 40-yard run to put the finishing touches on a night of celebration for the Hornets.