Dialing Up A Quick Six

BC return specialist Webster may dictate tonight's Bloss Bowl

Sjansen@mercedsun-star.comNovember 1, 2012 

ATWATER -- It rarely works when people try to come up with their own nicknames.

Jayce Webster is trying to buck the trend.

The Buhach Colony senior nicknamed himself "Quick Six" and he's doing his best to live up to it.

Webster has been a special teams dynamo this season, returning four kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns. He's returned at least one kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last three games.

"Three weeks in a row he's ignited us," said Buhach Colony head coach Kevin Swartwood, "whether it's been at the beginning, middle or end of the game.

"Our kickoff return team as a group understands we have to get the ball to our return guys. They can make something happen if we just get a block."

Webster will try to make it four straight games with a kick return score tonight when Buhach Colony (7-2, 4-0 Central California Conference) faces Atwater (6-3, 2-2) in the Bloss Bowl at Atwater High.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Don't be late.

Webster has made kickoffs must-see events at Thunder games this season.

He returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown last week against Turlock, using two spin moves to break out of a few arm tackles.

His 88-yard kickoff return against Merced three weeks ago was the back-breaker during a flurry of points in the second quarter.

For Webster, there's nothing that matches the excitement of returning a kickoff to the house.

"It's unbelievable," said Webster, who wears No. 6. "You're doing something that you don't see too often.

"When I'm back there I'm thinking this is the only chance I'm going to get. I have to take advantage of my opportunity.

"You're making the game more exciting and putting your team in a position to win."

Webster is a third-year varsity player who rarely comes off the field.

He's one of the top defensive backs in the CCC. He also has just under 500 yards rushing and three touchdowns as a flyback on offense.

He also plays on both kickoff and punt coverage teams.

"This year he's doing a lot of everything," Swartwood said. "He's a really smart kid. He has a high GPA. He studies the game and understands the game. He's got good top-end speed and good lateral movement. He's the whole package."

Buhach Colony has put the "special" in special teams this year.

Last week alone, the Thunder had three special teams touchdowns with Webster and Leon Miles returning kicks for scores and Webster adding a punt return.

"I've never been a part of a game like that," Swartwood said. "It was amazing. It was kickoff, kickoff and punt return. Our defense never left the field. I think offensively we ran eight plays in a quarter and a half.

"The kids have bought in. Our special teams coordinator, Wayne Fitzgerald, is very conscientious. He looks at film and schemes. What I like about it is our return game takes 11 men to all do their piece of the puzzle."

Webster feels a good return starts by getting that first block from his fellow return man and then getting behind the wall of blockers.

"If Leon makes that first block I know I can get to the wall," Webster said. "Most teams are afraid to blow up the wall. They try to go around it and that opens up the middle.

"Pretty much, I make sure I catch it and look for a hole. I trust the other 10 guys on the field."

Bloss Bowl

Buhach Colony leads series 4-2

2011 -- BC 28, Atwater 21

2010 -- BC 56, Atwater 34

2009 -- BC 36, Atwater 28

2008 -- Atwater 20, BC 14

2007 -- BC 18, Atwater 13

2006 -- Atwater 21, BC 20

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