By Ruthie Robison Webster Progress-Times
For the second consecutive week, the East Webster Wolverines shutout their opponent.
Last Friday night the Wolverines made a long trek to Ridgeland to square off with the St. Andrews Episcopal Saints. But the trip was worth it as East Webster trounced the Saints in their final non- division game of the season, 28-0.
Last season St. Andrews left the Wolverines scoreless, 21-0, but this year’s more experienced East Webster squad lit up the scoreboard in their well-earned win.
Sophomore running back Marques Reives put East Webster on the board in the first quarter capping a Wolverine drive with a touchdown run from nine yards out. Freshman Tyler Cosby added the extra point giving East Webster a 7-0 lead.
The second and third quarters were both silent as the Wolverine defense continued to halt the Saints’ progression down the field keeping their lead protected.
The East Webster offense picked up steam in fourth quarter with an explosion adding 21 points to the scoreboard. Reives added two more touchdowns. The first touchdown of the fourth quarter, Reives punched it in from the three.
On East Webster’s next possession, Reives made a 58 yard dash to the end zone. Later in the fourth quarter, freshman Marshan Clark entered the end zone from one yard out after junior running back Wilbur O’Briant set up the scoring opportunity with a 65-yard run to the red zone.
Cosby made good on all three points-after-touchdown.
The Wolverine defense can be accredited to keeping the Saints scoreless with a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter while St. Andrews’ offense was inside the five.
“We had another good effort, there were a few mistakes but we never gave up,” said Wolverine head coach Doug Wilson.
On the offensive side of the ball, Reives led the rushing attack with 16 carries for 140 yards with three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Deangelo Liggins had 17 carries for 55 yards, while O’Briant had four carries for 78 yards. Liggins was 3-5 through the air for 65 yards.
Junior Tyler Doss had one reception for 35 yards while Mckinley Hollenhead had one reception for 29 yards.
East Webster had a total of 383 offensive yards with 42 carries for 293 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Thomas Brooks had 15 stops while Austin Cunningham had 11.
John Wofford Williams and Chase Keller had seven stops each.
The Wolverines hold an overall 5-1 record before starting Class 2A, Region 2 District 4 play. In the final five games of the regular season, East Webster will face Ackerman (4-2) in a much-anticipated matchup, J.Z. George (2-4), a homecoming coming game against Williams- Sullivan (2-4), Hamilton (2-4), and will finish their schedule at home against cross county rival Eupora (5-1). East Webster is tied with Eupora for best record before entering district games.
The Ackerman Indians recently defeated Caledonia, 44-24, last Friday night. The Indians’ pair of losses this season comes from two tough opponents, Class 4A Houston and neighboring district Class 2A Bruce.
“This week we start district play against a big, fast and strong Ackerman team,” said Wilson.
But East Webster is more than ready for the challenge.
In last seasons’ meeting, the Wolverines were defeated by Ackerman, 35-19. However, this Friday night East Webster is prepared for a different outcome this season and to showcase their ability to be a top contender in district play. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. for the last time this season.