Wolverines start season with a victory

By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

The Wolverines started their 2012 season on the road last Friday night against the Vardaman Rams.

The Rams are considered a top contender in their division and a strong 1A opponent. That did not seem to matter to the Wolverines.

East Webster crushed the Rams 30-14 scoring on four touchdowns and a field goal. Vardaman’s two touchdowns occurred at the end of the game when EW reserves received playing time later in the fourth quarter.

The Wolverines started scoring in the first quarter when DeAngelo Liggins ran 28 yards for the touchdown. Tyler Crosby provided the extra point and the Wolverines gained a 7-0 lead.

Later in the first quarter, the Wolverines took advantage of a Ram turnover and added to their lead with an eight-yard touchdown run by Marques Reives. After the extra point, the Wolverines were ahead 14-0.

The second quarter remained silent and East Webster took their 14-0 lead into the second half of the game.

In the third quarter, and interception by Chase Keller set up another scoring opportunity for the Wolverines. A few plays later, Liggins took advantage of that opportunity with a seven-yard dash to the end zone increasing the EW lead 20-0.

With the Wolverine offense on fire, East Webster special teams decided to step it up. On the following kickoff freshman John Wofford Williams managed his way out of the pile of players with the ball and ran 22 yards for a Wolverine touchdown. After the extra point by Crosby, the Wolverines had a 27-0 lead over the Rams.

The Wolverines final scoring for the night came in the fourth quarter of a successful 27-yard field goal attempt by Crosby.

The Rams added 14 points to the scoreboard later in the fourth quarter but could not surpass East Webster’s 30-14 lead.

“We were very pleased with the level of intensity our kids played at Friday night,” Head coach Doug Wilson said. “There is a lot work to be done yet, but Friday’s win gives us a step in the right direction.”

The East Webster defense had a big night creating five turnovers.

The Wolverine seniors led the charge with tackles. Linebacker Thomas Brooks had eight stops, defensive end Austin Cunningham had seven, while nose guard Nick Reynolds had six stops for the night.

The Wolverines are on the field with noticeably different helmets this season. Each players’ helmet has a black sticker with the initials JM in memory of former teammate Jason Modzelewski who died in an accident during the summer.

This week the Wolverines remain on the road, this time travel to Okolona to face the Chieftains, 1-0.

“The Chieftains are big and fast and will be a challenge for us this week,” Wilson said.

Okolona recently defeated Houlka 33-0.

“We played hard last week against the Rams taking advantage of a lot of turnovers that help stop some big drives,” Wilson said. “We will have our work cut out for us this week.”