By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times
With the Wolverines just 12 minutes away from suffering their first loss of the football season, a young East Webster team came up with a series of big plays that resulted in a dramatic 20-19 win over homestanding Noxapater on Friday night.
The Wolverines used a pair of big fourth-quarter plays that woven together led to the winning East Webster touchdown. After quarterback Jack Wilson had scored on a 2-yard run to cut the Noxapater lead to 19-14, East Webster’s Draper Nason blocked a punt that put the Wolverines in good scoring position. However Noxapater’s Jarious Carter intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the threat.
Two plays later Noxapater fumbled the ball away and East Webster found itself in good field position just outside the Tigers 30-yard line. EW then capped the short drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Deangelo Liggins.
“That was a big play,” said EW head coach Doug Wilson of Nason’s blocked punt. “That was kind of a momentum shifter and got things going our way.”
Noxapater head coach Justin Hunter agreed. “The blocked punt really turned things around,” he said. “It gave them some momentum and they took advantage of it.”
East Webster took an early 7-0 lead on a 19-yard run by Liggins and dominated most of the first half before the Tigers put together an impressive 99-yard drive to close out the first half on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tyrell Carter to Keontae Daniels to cut the Wolverines’ halftime advantage to 7-6.
And the Tigers took advantage of the momentum they gained as Carter scored on a 3-yard run to make it 12-6 midway in the third quarter and Vonte Woods scored on a 13-yard run to go up 19-7 with 28 seconds left in the third
“We were in control of the game, but we just let it get away from us,” Hunter said. “The kids played hard, but East Webster made some plays later that turned the momentum. We had a chance to score on our last possession, but just couldn’t get it done.”
‘This was a great win,” Wilson said. “We had to work and scrape and claw for everything we got. We knew we were going to be challenged on every play and that’s what we needed. “
Wilson said there wasn’t a special play on that set up the big blocked punt.
“We were just rushing two people and were going to set up for a return. We had gotten close to it the time before and we just told them (both ends) to go wide open and go for it.”
Jack Wilson hit on 5-of-8 passes for 97 yards for the Wolverines, while also rushing for 80 yards. Liggins rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries.
John Wofford Williams recorded 13 tackles for East Webster, while Liggins had five stops and Chase Keller had four. Coach Wilson also noted that Colby Williamson had a strong game in the middle of the defensive line for the Wolverines. “He kept their big guys off of our linebackers and cleared the way for them to make the tackles,” he said.
Next up for East Webster is a 7 p.m. home match-up this Friday with 2-0 Nettleton, which has picked up wins over Baldwyn and Mooreville already this season.
“The keys are that we have got to be able to keep our offense on the field and move the ball and we have to put pressure on their quarterback and not give up big plays,” Wilson said.
After the Nettleton game the Wolverines will be on the road for the next four weeks and won’t play at home again until Calhoun City pays a visit on Oct. 11.