East Webster rallies to take a 35-27 thriller over Nettleton

By Austin Bishop

The Webster Progress-Times


It’s amazing what a little momentum can do for a football team.

After falling behind 21-0, the Wolverines of East Webster finally cracked through for a touchdown early in the third quarter and when they did, the dam burst, leading to a 35-27 win over visiting Nettleton on Friday night.

“It just seemed like when we scored the momentum shifted,” said EW head coach Doug Wilson. “We were still two touchdowns behind, but you could just tell something was different.”

The East Webster defense then made a big stop on defense and the Wolverines drove down to cut it to 21-14. The Wolverines then used an interception by Chase Keller to set up the tying touchdown before Deangelo Liggins returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to put the winners up for good.

“He made a real good run on that punt return,” Wilson said of Liggins. “The whole (comeback) was just fun to watch. The kids just never quit and kept playing hard. That’s a real big deal and gives you a chance to win.”

East Webster moved out to a 35-21 lead before Nettleton scored late, only to have the Wolverines respond with a big defensive stop. “We sacked their quarterback a couple of times late, including on fourth down,” Wilson said. “Those were some big sacks.”

Liggins scored a pair of touchdowns while rushing for 174 yards on 21 carries and returned two punts for 96 yards. He also connected on a pass for 39 yards.

Marqueis Reives rushed for 49 yards on eight carries and returned two kicks for another 49 yards, while Wilbur O’Briant scored on a pair of short touchdown bursts and John Wofford Williams picked up a touchdown run of his own.

Jack Wilson hit on 3-of-6 passes for 33 yards for the winners, while Tyler Doss recorded four tackles, and Kolby Crowley had a pair of quarterback sacks. Colby Williamson and Luke Wilson each recorded a sack as well.

The Wolverines begin a month-long road trip on Friday night when they make the trek to Houston to take on the Hilltoppers. After facing Houston, EW travels to Caledonia, J.Z. George and Okolona before returning home to host Calhoun City on Oct. 11.

“They are a good team,” Wilson said of the Hilltoppers. “They are really well coached and a have a lot of great athletes. We are going to have some trouble against them stopping the run.”

Houston, which plays in Region 4-4A, is 0-3 on the season with losses to Pontotoc (30-13), Calhoun City (30-13) and Okolona (14-6).