East Webster brings home the win against Okolona

Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

The East Webster Wolverines hit the road for the second week in a row last Friday to face the Okolona Chieftains.

Last season Okolona handed the Wolverines a 21-10 loss. In this anticipated rematch, the East Webster squad brought home the victory instead.

The first half of the game sparked a defensive battle between both the Wolverines and the Chieftains.

With both teams attempting to move the ball down the field, solid defense kept the first and second quarters silent offensively.

Entering the second half of the game scoreless, the Wolverine defense forced an EW scoring opportunity.

Wilbur O’Briant recovered a Chieftain fumble and dashed 49 yards to the end zone giving East Webster a 6-0 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter.

On Okolona’s following possession, the Chieftains struck back. Just a little over a minute later, Okolona broke through the Wolverine defense and matched East Webster 6-6.

It would not be until the fourth quarter when the Wolverines would answer back.

With 8:33 left in the game, East Webster capped off a successful drive when DeAngelo Liggins made a six-yard touchdown run. Liggins added an extra two points running in a successful two-point conversion to regain the lead 14-6.

The Chieftains tried to retaliate late in the fourth quarter. Okolona reached the red zone, but the Wolverine defense held the Chieftains back keeping them from reaching the end zone.

“The defense had a big stand in the fourth quarter,” head coach Doug Wilson said.

Senior Thomas Brooks led the Wolverine defense stacking up 14 tackles during the game while Chase Keller and John Wofford Williams had seven stops each.

Junior Colby Williamson had a notable defensive performance making key tackles creating turnovers for East Webster.

“We felt like we were fortunate to come out with a win,” Wilson said. “We played hard and never gave up.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Liggins led rushing 14 carries on 57 yards with one touchdown. Liggins also went 2-5 through the air on 33 passing yards for the night.

Marques Reives had 11 carries on 33 yards for the game, while Monterius Davis had four carries on 9 yards.

McKinley Hollenhead led in receiving catching a 26-yard toss, while Jack Wilson gave East Webster a seven-yard gain receiving a toss. “Our efforts keep getting better every week we play,” Wilson said.

This week East Webster (2-0) will host the Weir Lions (1-1).

The Lions were recently defeated by French Camp 52-0.