Wolverines set to start ‘new season’ at Okolona

By Austin Bishop

The Webster Progress-Times


East Webster head football coach Doug Wilson is very pleased that his team is 6-0 heading into the seventh game of the season, but he also knows that it is the next four games that will determine the future for the Wolverines.

“We met one goal that we had for ourselves and that was to be 6-0,” Wilson said. “Now, all of us are 0-0,” he said referring to the five Region 4-2A teams that will be vying for four playoff spots and the league title. “A whole new season starts for us. We knew all summer that this was going to be a tough league and it’s proven to be that.”

After visiting Okolona on Friday night at 7 to open league play, the Wolverines finally return home after a four-game road trip to host Calhoun City on Oct. 11. After that it’s Bruce on Oct. 18 followed by an open date and then a meeting with rival Eupora on Nov. 1 to close out the regular season. Bruce is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 2A this week by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, while Eupora is at No. 4

But for now, Wilson and his Wolverines are focused on the Chieftains of Okolona.

“I’m very concerned,” Wilson said. “It’s a huge game. They are very talented. They have 11 athletes on the field at all times.

“They are going to spread it out (on offense),” he said. “They can run or throw. They are going to give us a little bit of everything.”

The spread offense gave the East Webster defense a little trouble last week in the Wolverines’ 33-20 win over J.Z. George. The Wolverines jumped out to a big lead before the Jaguars changed their offensive alignment and began to make a comeback.

“We were up 27-0 in the third quarter, then they came in the spread and scored on us twice very quickly,” Wilson said. “The momentum just changed. Their kids got fired up and ours sort of just let the air out.”

But Wilson was pleased with the way his team responded when they were challenged.

The Wolverines put together a solid fourth-quarter drive that culminated with Wilbur O’Briant scoring on a 12-yard run that put the winners back ahead by three scores.

“It was a sort of reverse of roles for us,” Wilson said. “We have been the ones fighting from behind, but Friday night we had to regain our composure and settle down and we were able to do that.”

The Wolverines held a 20-0 lead at the half thanks to a 1-yard first-quarter touchdown run by quarterback Jack Wilson, a second-quarter touchdown run of 10 yards by Marques Reives and field goals of 33 and 29 yards by Tyler Cosby — the last of which came as time expired in the first half.

EW made it 27-0 in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Wilson before the Jaguars began mounting their comeback.

Wilson hit on 7-of-11 passes for 111 yards for East Webster, while McKinley Hollenhead had four catches for 64 yards, Kolby Crowley two for 37 yards and Luke Wilson one for 10 yards.

Reives rushed for 61 yards on 19 attempts, while John Wofford Williams had eight carries for 28 yards and Luke Wilson had 28 yards on 10 carries.

Tyler Doss led the winners with eight tackles, while Williams had seven, O’Briant 6 and Miller Hancock and Draper Nason recorded five each.