East Webster Wolverines shutout Walnut

By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

The East Webster Wolverines hosted and shutout the Walnut Wildcats last Friday night, 35-0.

In the week before, the Wolverines suffered their first loss of the season against the Class 4A Caledonia Confederates, 27-10. East Webster was determined to spring back into action and collecting another win in Friday’s contest.

“They played hard and I’m still pleased with their efforts overall,” said head coach Doug Wilson. “They did a good job bouncing back off a loss and worked hard.”

The Wolverines set the tone for the game in the first quarter with a 40-yard touchdown toss from quarterback Deangelo Liggins to Tyler Doss. Tyler Cosby added the extra point, and East Webster took a 7-0 lead over the Wildcats.

During the second quarter, Liggins added two touchdowns for East Webster. Liggins scored from one yard out just minutes into the second quarter and followed that up with a 14-yard touchdown run.

At halftime, East Webster claimed a 21-0 lead over Walnut.

On the first play of the third quarter, freshman Chase Keller made an impressive 82-yard kick return enhancing the Wolverine lead, 28-0.

Junior running back Wilbur O’Briant capped the Wolverines’ 35-0 win in the fourth quarter when O’Briant punched in a seven-yard run.

On the offensive side of the ball, Liggins led the rushing attack with 10 carries on 68 yards with two touchdowns. O’Briant had eight carries on 48 yards with a touchdown while Marques Reives had 11 carries on 34 yards.

The Wolverines had 293 total offensive yards during the game with 33 carries on 144 yards.

Liggins had five completed passes for 67 yards with one touchdown.

Doss had two receptions for 65 yards with one touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, Brett Flora led with 11 stops and a sack causing the Wildcats a loss of 11 yards. Thomas Brooks followed with nine stops.

Cosby provided all five extra points for East Webster.

The Wolverines now hold a 4-1 overall record.

East Webster will travel to Ridgeland this Friday to square off with the St. Andrews Episcopal Saints in their final non-division game of this season before traveling to Ackerman on Sept. 28 to take on the Indians (3-2) in Class 2A, Region2, District 4 play.

Last season, St. Andrews defeated the Wolverines 21-0.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we need to play error free,” Wilson said.

The Saints defeated Enterprise 55-14 last Friday and improved their record 3-2.

Kickoff will at 7:30 p.m.