By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
The East Webster Wolverines traveled to Hamilton last Friday night to square off with the Lions in a Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 matchup, and brought home a 24-0 shutout victory.
This is the fourth time this season the Wolverine defense has silenced their opponent’s offense and the third consecutive district win for the East Webster squad.
In the last six games of play, opposing teams have only managed to score a total of 18 points against the Wolverine defense.
East Webster’s winning season can be contributed to its hard working coaching staff comprising of head coach Doug Wilson, Kenny Williamson, Stephen Edwards, Jason Smith and Phillip Jordan as well as the young talent on the Wolverine roster that give an outstanding effort every Friday night.
With freshman Jack Wilson playing quarterback in the first half of the game, East Webster started scoring in the first quarter.
Wilson connected with sophomore Deangelo Liggins on a 27-yard pass for a Wolverine touchdown. Freshman kicker Tyler Cosby added the extra point.
The Wolverines maintained a 7-0 advantage over Hamilton throughout the first half of the game.
After halftime, East Webster jumped on the board again with a 24-yard field goal by Cosby gaining a 10-0 lead.
Later in the second half, with Liggins operating at the quarterback position the Wolverines scored again.
Liggins found junior wide receiver Mckinley Hollenhead in the end zone with a 32-yard pass. Cosby added the extra point increasing the East Webster momentum, 17-0.
Freshman Chase Keller capped the Wolverine scoring for the rest of the game on the defensive side of the ball. Keller caught an interception and dashed 43 yards for the pick-six. Cosby added the point-after-touchdown.
On the offensive side of the ball, Liggins led the rushing attack with 18 carries for 44 yards. Sophomore running back Marques Reives had 12 carries for 56 yards, while Marshan Clark had six carries for 20 yards. Wilson had 10 carries for seven yards.
Wilson was 6-7 through the air for 85 yards with one touchdown while Liggins was 4-6 through the air for 60 yards with one touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Thomas Brooks led with 10 stops. Keller had seven stops while Brett Flora had six stops during the game.
A determining factor in who will receive the district title will be the Wolverines’ upcoming Friday night showdown with county rival the Eupora Eagles.
The Wolverines will take the field with an 8-2 overall record and a 3-1 record in division play.
The Eagles who currently top East Webster in region standings will enter the meeting with a 9-1 overall record and are undefeated in district matchups.
Head coach Doug Wilson described this Friday’s game as the biggest game of the year for the Wolverines.
The rivalry was amplified several years ago when the two teams were placed in the same class, region, and district by the Mississippi High School Activities Association in 2009.
East Webster and Eupora have faced each other as both county and district rivals for the past three years. In these meetings, the Wolverines have defeated the Eagles once.
Eupora recently defeated Williams-Sullivan, 55-0.
East Webster will host the Eagles with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m.