Webb, Brown named MVP's of state final game

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 12/18/21

“It’s a dream come true,” Brown said. “I remember as a little kid watching Rodney Anderson here at my same position, and if you had told me a couple years ago I would be here I’d never believe you, really. It’s truly a blessing.”

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Webb, Brown named MVP's of state final game

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ARLINGTON — Kentrell Webb had been there all season when Paetow needed a play.

So with the game tied and College Station driving in the Class 5A-Division I state final, Webb knew he would get a chance to make another one.

Webb had a game changing interception shortly before halftime, sparking Paetow’s on the way to a 27-24 win to earn a state championship.

“Alex (Kilgore) asked me ‘is that how you’re feeling right now with that interception’ and I was like ‘ya, it’s what we do.’ “Webb said. “We’re playmakers and theres no weak spots on the defense and the offense. We really turned the game around on both that interception and the fumble recovery in the third quarter.”

Webb’s interception and nine tackles earned him defensive MVP honors in the state title game.

Webb, a captain, has been one of the backbones of the entire defense and secondary all year, and it continued against College Station. The fact that the Paetow coaching staff put their trust in the defense throughout the game fueled Webb as well.

“It just gives all of us confidence on that side of the ball when they put us out there first. It shows how confident coach is in us, “Webb said. “We’re confident in ourselves too and we want to be the best defense in Texas so it just makes our confidence even higher knowing they believe in us.”

But Webb wasn’t the only backbone player of the team to step up.

Jacob Brown has been a workhorse for the Panthers this season with healthy. He came back form injury in the playoffs to help guide the Panthers to the state title game and he finished his high school career in best way a player could in the state title game.

Brown had the walk off 2-yard touchdown run to give Paetow the victory and ended the night with 112 yards on 33 carries, earning offensive MVP of the championship game in the process.

“It really is great knowing that our hard work up front is able to produce great results and touchdowns and huge plays,” said senior offensive lineman James Bailey. “He’s a great back.”

Brown’s longest run was only 10 yards, but the senior fought for every yard on every carry on his way to earning offensive MVP.

“It’s a dream come true,” Brown said. “I remember as a little kid watching Rodney Anderson here at my same position, and if you had told me a couple years ago I would be here I’d never believe you, really. It’s truly a blessing.”

Brown credited everything to the culture in the program and his coaches.

“It’s the brotherhood and the coaches,” The coaches, they gave us the game plan and we just followed it and made it here. Those guys up front are amazing too, no matter what they do, no matter what they go through I know that they’ll be there for me, it showed today.”

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