ANTIOCH -- Nsimba Webster put on another show on Friday night, lifting the Deer Valley High football team past James Logan 67-44 and into the North Coast Section Division I semifinals for the first time in school history.

Days after a video of the senior quarterback went viral, Webster was his usual productive and spectacular self against the No. 5 Colts in the quarterfinals, accounting for five touchdowns and nearly 400 yards of offense.

As time expired, Deer Valley coach Rich Woods and his staff were treated to an ice bath to celebrate the Wolverines' historic win. No. 4 Deer Valley now travels to top-seeded De La Salle, which routed Granada in its quarterfinal, on Friday at 7 p.m.

"I know they're happier than heck," Woods said of his team. "It was kind of a seesaw game. 67-44, what can you say. Offense played well, defense struggled. It was just one of those games."

Webster passed for 240 yards and rushed for 152.

His most electric run came just before halftime to put the Wolverines (11-1) up 36-20. He slipped through a small hole at the line of scrimmage, then simply outran the Colts defense when he emerged for a 93-yard touchdown.

That TD run might not get featured on ESPN's website or tally 70,000-plus views as his highlight-reel run against Castro Valley did last week, but it was significant nonetheless, giving Deer Valley a nice cushion to start the second half.


Advertisement

The teams traded touchdowns early, but Webster's twin brother, Nzuzi, put the Wolverines ahead for good early in the second quarter. Jeff Robinson's massive hit on Ahki Muhammad during a kickoff return forced a fumble, and Nzuzi Webster scooped the ball up and returned it 22 yards for a score.

The Colts (9-3) never went away but couldn't keep up with the Wolverines. After Logan cut the deficit to 46-36 early in the fourth quarter, Webster connected with Mike Hamilton and Robert Taylor for touchdowns in the span of a minute to create some separation.

Both teams lost significant players to injury in the second quarter. Muhammad missed several series after getting hit by Robinson but returned just before halftime. Malik Hutchings, Deer Valley's standout middle linebacker, suffered a shoulder injury and didn't return.