Josh Webb was unstoppable.
Kelso rolled Evergreen 54-12 on Webb’s back, the junior scoring six times in the Greater St. Helens 3A League win at McKenzie Stadium on Friday.
“We were able to seal them off and Josh ran really well,” Kelso coach Steve Amrine said. “A really nice job by Todd (Johanson), David Perry and Cooper Lindberg.”
Amrine gave it up to the whole line on both sides of the ball, from Graham Karavolos to Seth Sutherby, who finished with three sacks.
Webb finished the day with 214 yards on 14 carries, along with five rushing scores and his pick-six in the first quarter.
“Coming into the game I just cleared my mind,” Webb said. “It’s an adrenaline rush and once you get going, you keep going. The line took care of business and I took care of business.”
Coleman was 6 for 8 with 155 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries.
Jayden Hardeman scored in the third quarter on an 86-yard catch and run, which started a running clock as Kelso took a 54-12 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Webb finished the first half with 169 yards on 11 carries, plus a 26-yard interception return with five touchdowns after 24 minutes. He scored on runs of 25, 80, 4 and 5 yards. Webb scored his sixth touchdown early in the third quarter on a 36-yard scamper. Riley Noah also caught a 4-yard touchdown.
The Hilanders have enough weapons to keep defenses from putting too much pressure on Webb, though any savvy coordinator would surely want to.
It just comes with the territory, Webb said, and he feels up to the challenge.
“As a running back, there’s always pressure to get those yards, when it’s third-and-4 and the call is a counter, you have to make those four yards,” Webb said. “So there’s always going to be pressure on me since I have that target on my back.”
Having Hardeman and Noah as outlets in the passing game doesn’t hurt, though, and Coleman has made the most of his two top weapons on the outside.
“It helps; it alleviates some pressure,” Amrine said. “The more weapons you have. Riley and Hardeman are pretty good weapons, too, so there’s some stuff.”
Kelso is now 6-0 overall, 2-0 in the GSHL 3A with two league blowouts. The Scots will travel back to Vancouver on Friday to play Fort Vancouver (0-6) before hosting defending league champion Mountain View.
Until then, Webb said, the team will relish in their victory while continuing its hard work and “one week at a time” mentality.