The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 8, 2013

The little Longhorn that does

By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. —

Jarrett Webb hasn’t really had many chances to pick on someone his own size.

But boy, wouldn’t that be nice.

The 5-foot-5, 157-pound lineman (you read all of that right) has made a high school career of being the little guy, not always winning but seldom giving in to matchups ranging from bigger -- the everyday 2A lineman -- to much, much bigger -- Hennessey’s  then-270-pound Derrick Luetjen, who went on to play Division I football at the University of Tulsa.

He’s easily the smallest of an otherwise still smallish Chisholm line that prefers speed to strength. The rest of Chisholm’s linemen range in the 180s at the smallest, and they’re laying out space for Bryce Stewart, who at 6-foot, 200-plus pounds paints a curious picture when running through a hole opened by Webb.

Sure, it’s the size of the fight in the dog and all, but it’s not to say that Webb, though far from blessed with imposing size, is physically ill-equipped. The state-qualifying power lifter can bench press 265 pounds, squat 380 and deadlift 425.

“He just put the work in, hours in the weight room,” said Chisholm coach Joey Reinart, who has watched Webb develop from a junior-varsity freshman to two-year starter. “Every time he was in there, he got the most of it.”

It’s the getting there, from scrawny to mighty while never straying far from small, that raised enough eyebrows to gain Webb a player-voted team captaincy.

More importantly, Webb has translated the work into two sacks and a primary blocking role in a run game that has totaled 1,676 yards and is the primary cog in a machine that has pushed Chisholm to rarefied air for the school at 8-1, 4-1 within 2A-1 and in striking distance for a district title. All that as a little guy who only ever played against someone smaller in junior varsity.

“They’re always bigger than me,” Webb said. “Anymore, it doesn’t phase me. I’m just used to it. It’s not so bad … I know I can just beat them with quickness and strength. That’s my plan every week. Just go as hard as I can, 100 percent, every play. I can get it done.”

“He’s always been extremely undersized,” Reinart said. “You look at an offensive linemen, maybe 200 pounds is a pretty small lineman. (With Webb), we’re looking at 150. He’s always been undersized, he just overcomes everything with quickness and strength and toughness. To have that kind of success, with his stature, it’s just a testament to his work ethic and his heart and his desire to be successful.”

But Webb, still mulling his collegiate options but with designs of starting at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and perhaps later transferring to Oklahoma State, is never noisy about his exploits.

“He’s calm,” Reinart said. “He just goes out and does his job, just like in the weight room.”