High school football: Bluejacket honors Peter Webb in Southwest Covenant's first game since his passing
A big blue heart encompassed white numbers at the center of Bluejacket's football field.
The Chieftains hosted Southwest Covenant on Friday, with the Patriots playing their first game since Peter Webb's death because of a head injury he suffered Sept. 13. Although Southwest Covenant traveled three hours to the small town in northeast Oklahoma, it seemed somewhat like home.
The Patriots topped Bluejacket 56-20, moving to 3-0 this season. Although Southwest Covenant is trying to find its new normal, Bluejacket's community did what it could to ease the pain.
"It was kind of nice to just get back into a groove," Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud said. "But it's going to be a step at a time, one game at a time."
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The blue heart at midfield surrounded a white No. 14, which is the number Webb wore. Members of Bluejacket's coaching staff, its cheerleaders and fans all donned blue shirts with Webb's name and number on them.
Before kickoff, everyone circled the field and they held a 14 second moment of silence to remember Webb, then one of the Patriots' coaches led a prayer.
Ben Webb, Peter's older brother and Southwest Covenant's senior starting quarterback, traded in his No. 8 jersey for No. 14, which Cloud said he is going to wear for the remainder of the season. Following the game, Bluejacket's players came over to Ben, wrapped their arms around him and prayed.
"It was really cool," Cloud said. "You've got their entire community, the Webbs, they were there and partaking in it. I think they liked that quite a bit."
Ben completed 8-of-12 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns.
The Patriots return home Friday to face Deer Creek-Lamont (0-5).