By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
The East Webster Wolverines hosted the Weir Lions in their home opening game of the season.
Last season when the Wolverines and Lions squared off, East Webster scored a touchdown and an extra two points during the last minute of the game edging Weir, 15-14.
Last Friday night the Wolverines cranked up their offense scoring 41 unanswered points.
In the first quarter, sophomore running back Marques Reives finished a successful Wolverine drive with a 3-yard rumble to the end zone. Tyler Cosby added the extra point giving East Webster a 7-0 lead over the Lions.
Less than three minutes later in the first quarter, freshman kicker Cosby added another three points to the Wolverines’ lead with a 35- yard field goal.
In the second quarter, the Wolverine offense exploded adding 21 points to the scoreboard. The Lion defense put in a strong effort to prevent the Wolverines from scoring, but the East Webster ground attack could not be contained.
Just seconds into the second quarter, Reives entered the end zone again with a nine-yard touchdown run.
Freshman Jack Wilson followed, with 7:39 left in the first half of the game, dashing four yards adding another Wolverine touchdown.
The final East Webster touchdown in the first half of the game came when quarterback DeAngelo Liggins connected 25-yards through the air with junior wide receiver McKinley Hollenhead.
Cosby added the extra points after all three Wolverine touchdowns boosting East Webster 31-0 over the Lions at half time.
In the third quarter, the only scoring occurred when Cosby made an impressive 44-yard field goal tacking on another three points to the Wolverines’ growing momentum, 34-0.At the beginning of the fourth quarter, freshman wide receiver Marshan Clark capped off the scoring after reaching the end zone on a nine-yard run. The Wolverines gained a 41-0 shutout victory.
The Lions made efforts to move the ball during the game, but the Wolverine defense halted any Weir offensive progression. East Webster did not allow a first down in the first half of the game. The only first down for Weir came late in the fourth quarter due to a personal foul penalty against the Wolverines. In addition, East Webster did not allow Weir to cross the 50-yard line during the entire game and stopped Weir quarterback Tyler Henson from completing any passes.
“We’re real proud. They played hard tonight,” head coach Doug Wilson said. “We’re working on a lot of different things this week. We have some things we need to get better at. We got a lot of kids involved tonight and that’s what is most important.”
The East Webster offense stacked up a combined total of 48 carries on 339 yards.
Reives led the Wolverine ground attack with 11 carries on 83 yards with two touchdowns. Liggins followed with seven carries on 83 yards, while Monterius Davis had five carries on 46 yards.
Starting quarterback Liggins and backup Wilson shared 13 completed passes between them on 87 yards.
Cosby had an outstanding night kicking adding five extra points after touchdowns and six points on two successful field goal attempts totaling 11 points for the night.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Thomas Brooks led with seven tackles, while Nick Reynolds had six and Austin Cunningham has four.
“Weir’s got a great team and a great program with a good tradition and we knew we were going to have to be ready for them,” Wilson said. “And the kids responded to everything that we worked on this week.”
This week the Wolverines (3-0) host the Class 4A Caledonia Confederates (3-0).
“Caledonia coming in is going to be tough,” Wilson said. “They have 23 seniors and they can play a lot with one way players which we haven’t seen yet…We’ll have to be ready.”
The Confederates recently defeated Heritage Academy 20-7 last Friday night.
Kickoff will be in Cumberland 7:30.