By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
Although it was cut shorter than anticipated, the East Webster Wolverines completed a successful 2012 high school football season last Friday night at Cumberland.
The Wolverines lined up on their home field opposite of the Region 1, No. 1 Bruce Trojans for the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoffs.
The Trojans struck early in the game scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter.
Zay Armstrong put Bruce on the board with a four-yard rush to the end zone.
Several minutes later Davis Brown hit Shaq Bush with a 21-yard pass advancing the Trojan lead.
The extra point provided by Bush accompanied both first quarter touchdowns. Bruce had gained a 14-0 lead over the Wolverines.
East Webster fought back to change the momentum of the game.
Late in the first quarter, senior defensive lineman Nick Reynolds made a play on the defensive side of the ball that set the Wolverine offense on fire. Reynolds forced and recovered a Trojan fumble giving the ball back to East Webster.
The Wolverines began a drive that would carry over into the second quarter. East Webster moved the ball down the field with a pass from freshman quarterback Jack Wilson to Chase Keller and a run by Deangelo Liggins that put the Wolverines on the Trojan 24-yard line.
The Wolverines, not quite in the red zone, got a boost on the next play to set up an East Webster touchdown. Wilson found freshman wide receiver Marshon Clark with a 23-yard pass putting the Wolverines on the Bruce one-yard line. Junior running back Wilbur O’Briant pushed his way into the end zone on the next play. Freshman kicker Tyler Cosby added the extra point halving the Trojan lead, 14-7.
The East Webster defenders silenced Bruce for the rest of the second quarter.
The second half of the game proved to be a challenge for the Wolverines as Bruce scored 21 unanswered points to cap the Trojan win, 35-7.
On the offensive side of the ball, Liggins led with 21 carries for 85 yards. O’Briant had 14 carries for 41 yards with one touchdown.
Wilson was 3-5 through the air for 34 yards while Liggins had one completed pass for 11 yards.
Freshman Chase Keller had three receptions for 22 yards while Clark had one reception for 23 yards.
Senior linebacker Thomas Brooks led the defense with 12 stops. Senior Brett Flora followed with 10 stops while Reynolds had seven stops with one forced fumble and recovery.
East Webster finished their season with a 9-4 overall record, 3-2 division record and were ranked third in Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 play this year.
Offensively, Liggins led the Wolverines this season with 202 carries for 1146 yards with 12 touchdowns. Liggins had 33 completed passes for 451 yards with four touchdowns. In addition, Liggins caught seven passes for 75 yards with one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Liggins had 29 stops and three pass deflections.
Sophomore running back Marques Reives had 125 carries this year for 619 yards with six touchdowns and four receptions for 26 yards.
Wilson was 17-25 through the air this year for 229 yards with two touchdowns and had a .680 pass completion rate. Wilson had 79 rushes for 302 yards with seven touchdowns, and had five receptions for 44 yards.
O’Briant had 52 carries for 260 yards with two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, O’Briant had 41 stops, one sack and three fumble recoveries returned for a gain of 69 yards.
Brooks led the Wolverine defense this season collecting 119 stops averaging 8.9 tackles per game. Brook had two pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal.
Flora followed with 62 stops this year averaging 5.2 tackles per game. Flora had three sacks combined for a total loss of 18 yards.
Senior Codie Mckee had 62 stops with a pair of pass deflections and fumble recoveries.
Keller had 10 receptions for 119 yards this season. Defensively, Keller had 53 stops, one sack, three interceptions returned for a combined total of 84 yards, two pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.
Freshman John Wofford Williams had 52 stops, two sacks for a combined loss of 11 yards and one pass deflection.
Senior Austin Cunningham had 54 stops, two sacks combined for a loss of six yards, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt. Cunningham led his team this season with five pass deflections.
Reynolds had 42 stops and two fumble recoveries this season.
Cosby scored a total of 62 points this season and averaged 4.8 points per game. Cosby kicked 35 extra points and nine field goals this year.
“We’re proud of the way our kids competed this year,” said head coach Doug Wilson. “Our seniors played well, and we look forward to next year with the kids that we have returning.”