By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
East Webster head football coach Doug Wilson has no qualms about the way his Wolverines are playing.
“We knew we were in a tough region from the beginning,” Wilson said of his team’s 0-2 start in Region 5-2A following Friday night’s 42-31 loss to Calhoun City. “We have preparing them all summer for what we knew was in store for them. Even while we were playing our games earlier this season, we were getting them ready for the division games.
“They understand that we compared it to the SEC,” Wilson said of the Southeastern Conference, hailed as the best league college football has to offer. “We had Johnthan Banks in here to speak to them the other day about dealing with opponents being tough. He played in the SEC and knows what it is like.” Banks, a former East Webster standout, was a star at Mississippi State and currently plays in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
‘There are still a lot of things to be decided,” Wilson said. “Our kids have never quit and they just keep fighting the whole game. That makes us very proud.”
Wilson said his squad was not out of the playoff picture and just needed to play well against Bruce at home on Oct. 18 and in the regular season finale against visiting Eupora on Nov. 1.
On Friday night the Wolverines, now 6-2 overall on the season, fell behind 7-0 early in the second quarter but fought back to tie the game 7-7 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jack Wilson to Marques Reives and the extra point kick from Tyler Cosby. However the Wildcats of Calhoun City scored just before the half to take a 14-7 advantage into intermission.
The Wolverines responded by tying the game 14-14 when Wilbur O’Briant scored on a 4-yard run on EW’s first possession of the second half.
After CCHS hit for a pair of touchdowns to jump out to a 28-14 lead, Cosby hit on a 19-yard field goal to cut the winners’ lead to 11 points.
Both teams scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns with East Webster’s coming on a 4-yard run by O’Briant and a 5-yard pass from Wilson to Deangelo Liggins.
Liggins led East Webster in rushing with 45 yards on 15 carries, while also catching two passes for 23 yards. Wilson hit on 11-of-20 passes for 167 yards, while running for 41 yards on nine attempts.
Reives caught two passes for 39 yards and had five rushes for 21 more, while McKinley Hollenhead caught five passes for 93 yards and Kolby Crowley two for 12.
Tyler Doss led the EWHS defense with 10 tackles, while Chase Keller had nine and Monterius Davis and Draper Nason recorded six each. Davis also recovered a fumble for the Wolverines.