East Webster Wolverines looking to crack Walnut

By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

The East Webster Wolverines hosted the Class 4A Caledonia Confederates.

The Wolverines took a heartbreaker 27-10 loss in the Friday night showdown.

“We played as well as we have all year,” said Wolverine head coach Doug Wilson. “We had costly penalties and turnovers. Caledonia is a good team and capitalized on everything we did wrong.”

This is East Webster’s first loss of the season dropping their record 3-1.

In the first quarter, the Confederates jumped on the scoreboard early taking a 7-0 lead with a 59-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines answered back later in the first quarter when quarterback Deangelo Liggins connected 57 yards through the air with Tyler Doss for the touchdown. Kicker Tyler Cosby added the extra point tying the game, 7-7.

Shortly after, East Webster mistakes gave Caledonia the boost they needed to outscore the Wolverines. The Confederates added another touchdown in the beginning of the second quarter taking a 14-7 lead over the Wolverines. With a about four minutes left in the first half of the game, Cosby added a 28 yard field goal keeping the Wolverines close, 14-10.

The East Webster defense kept the Confederates silent until two minutes left in the third quarter when Caledonia scored off of a 45 yard punt return adding to their lead, 20-10.

The Confederates controlled the ball for the rest of the game and increased their lead in the fourth quarter with a final five-yard touchdown run winning 27-10.

On the offensive side of the ball, Marques Reives led with 23 carries on 116 yards. In addition, Reives had 44 receiving yards.

Liggins went 6-17 through the air on 108 yards.

Doss received two tosses on 70 yards with one touchdown, while Mckinley Hollenhead had two catches on 13 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, John Wofford Williams led with eight stops, while Thomas Brooks and Liggins had five stops each.

Hollenhead had two interceptions while Doss had one.

The Wolverines collected 258 offensive yards, but were unable to capitalize off scoring opportunities.

This week the Wolverines have been working hard during practice focusing on ball security on fumbles in preparation for their Friday night match against Walnut.

“Walnut is a big and physical team,” said Wilson.

But the East Webster Wolverines will be ready.

The Walnut Wildcats (1-3) were recently defeated by Middleton, 38-28.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Cumberland.