By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
The Wolverines of East Webster will be looking to bounce back from a tough 32-24 loss to Okolona last week when they play host to another tough Region 4-2A foe in Calhoun City.
“It just doesn’t get any easier,” said East Webster head coach Doug Wilson. “We have great respect for Calhoun City. It is definitely going to be an uphill battle.”
The Wolverines go into Friday night’s 7 p.m. home game at 6-1 overall and 0-1 in league play. Wilson said it will be particularly helpful to be playing at home.
“We are back home after a month on the road,” he said. “It’s going to be nice to be back in Cumberland.”
Although Wilson felt like his team let one get away from them last week when Okolona scored 26 unanswered points to erase a 24-6 EW halftime lead, he says his team will be ready come Friday night.
“Our kids have had a good week of practice and have put things behind them,” he said. “Even after we got behind last Friday night I thought they kept fighting hard and never quit. That’s just the character of this team.
“Okolona is a great team, very athletic,” Wilson said. “We should have won. We just didn’t finish the deal. We made enough mistakes to cost us and with their good play they took advantage of them.”
The Wildcats of Calhoun City are 4-3 overall, but are 1-0 in Region 4-2A thanks to a tough 23-16 win over Bruce last week. Calhoun City’s other wins this season have come over Coffeeville (45-6), Houston (30-13) and Pontotoc (28-10).
After the Calhoun City contest, the Wolverines host Bruce and then have an open date before closing out the season at home against rival Eupora on Nov. 1.
Wilson said his team played at perhaps its highest level during the first half of the Okolona game, building up a 24-6 halftime advantage.
“We came out and played probably the best first half we have all year,” He said. “It sort of surprised them (Okolona). They were so much bigger and athletic, I think they maybe overlooked us.
“When they came out in the second half they were a completely different team,” he said. “Their energy was high. It looked like they were ahead instead of behind.”
The Wolverines led 10-0 after one quarter of play thanks to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jack Wilson to Kolby Crowley, Tyler Cosby’s extra point kick and a 33-yard Cosby Field goal.
East Webster stretched it out to 17-0 in the second quarter when Wilson hit Luke Wilson with an 8-yard scoring pass. After Okolona cut it to 17-6, the Wolverines stretched the lead back on to 18 points on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Wilson.
Okolona held East Webster to a pair of three and outs to open the third quarter and responded with a pair of touchdowns to cut the Wolverines’ lead to 24-22. The Chieftains tied the game at 24-24 as the third quarter came to a close when the EW punter was tackled in the end zone after retrieving an errant snap.
EW responded by putting together a drive that moved into Okolona territory but ended on a lost fumble. After Okolona hit a big play to take the 32-24 lead, EW twice moved into Okolona territory but came up short.
Wilson hit on 7-of-15 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns to lead EW, while also rushing for 53 yards on 11 carries. Deangelo Liggins had 16 rushes for 71 yards, while Marques Reives had 13 carries for 53 yards and Luke Wilson had 22 yards on three carries. Crowley caught two passes for the Wolverines, while McKinley Hollenhead, Malcom Jones, Wilson, Liggins and Marques Reives had one catch each.
Tyler Doss recorded 11 tackles for EW, while John Wofford Williams had seven, Quay Evans 6 and Hollenhead and Luke Wilson five each.