HOLD ON. Louisburg High School's Ornikey Pressey (with ball) advances on a kickoff during last Friday night's home contest versus Northern Carolina Conference opponent Oxford Webb. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- Oxford Webb has been touted as one of the Northern Carolina Conference's most improved football teams this fall -- and the visitors lived up to that billing last Friday night at Louisburg.
Webb broke open at tight game in the third quarter and never relented en route to spoiling Louisburg's homecoming by a 38-6 margin at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Webb led 8-0 late in the first half before LHS struck with a 60-yard touchdown strike from Jaheim Brown to Joron Davis in the closing seconds before intermission.
Trailing 8-6, Louisburg looked to have some momentum, but Webb would score on its first two drives of the second half, thanks in part to the talents of sophomore quarterback Javon Bullock.
Bullock threw a touchdown pass to start the half and then took it himself from one yard out to give Webb a 22-6 advantage at the 6:55 mark of the third frame.
Louisburg looked to make a rally, but Webb's defensive line, while gave LHS fits the entire night, continued to pressure Brown.
Louisburg moved into Webb territory on its next possession, but a hurried pass was intercepted.
After Webb added to its cushion off an electric 53-yard TD burst from Bullock off a busted play, LHS drove to the Webb 4-yard line.
But the drive ended with a sack that pushed Louisburg back and forced an incomplete pass on fourth down with just over eight minutes remaining.
The loss was a tough one for Louisburg, which fell to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Upstart Webb is now 3-4 overall, but a perfect 3-0 in league action.
Louisburg will look to get back into the victory column this Friday, but it won't be easy as Coach Dontae Lassiter's club will pay a visit to Creedmoor to tangle with the South Granville Vikings.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the SGHS campus, and tickets for the showdown will be available at the gate.
South Granville got off to a slow start to the 2019 campaign, thanks in part to a brutal non-conference gridiron schedule.
But the Vikings have been coming on in recent weeks, including a one-sided victory at Franklinton in late September.