East Webster falls short in defensive battle against Bruce

By Austin Bishop

The Webster Progress-Times


East Webster head football coach Doug Wilson knew his team’s game last Friday night against Bruce would likely be a close one, but he never would have guessed that only 10 total points would be scored between the two teams.

“We moved the ball down the field and had some decent drives, but we just couldn’t close them out,” Wilson said of his team’s 7-3 Region 4-2A loss to the visiting Trojans. “I thought we played well defensively and kept their playmakers contained for the most part.

“We are obviously disappointed in the results of the game, but not in our effort,” he said. “We fought down to the last play of the game. In fact, for a minute there I thought we might score on it.”

After Bruce broke free for a 59-yard touchdown with six minutes to go in the game to take the 7-3 lead, East Webster twice moved the ball onto the Trojans side of the field. On EW’s last possession, Jack Wilson hit Deangelo Liggins with a pass that the shifty playmaker almost turned into a touchdown.

“There was no time left on the clock when they tackled him,” Wilson said. “He just kept making them miss, I thought he had a chance there for a minute.” Liggins was finally brought down by the Trojans on the 37-yard line.

East Webster, now 6-3 overall and 0-3 in Region 4-2A play, took a 3-0 lead on a field goal by Tyler Cosby, but that’s all the points the Wolverines could manage on the night.

Jack Wilson finished the night with 66 passing yards, while completing 6-of-12 attempts. Liggins rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and had three receptions for 46 yards, while Wilson rushed for 38 yards on 12 carries and John Wofford Williams had seven carries for 27 yards.

McKinley Hollenhead had two catches for 15 yards for the winners, while Kolby Crowley caught a pass for five yards.

Laterris Powell and Tyler Doss had nine tackles each to lead EW, while Wilbur O’Briant and Williams were in on seven stops each and Chase Keller and Monterius Davis had five tackles apiece.

The Wolverines still have a chance to reach the playoffs, but may need a little help to get there. It would increase East Webster’s playoff hopes if Calhoun City were to beat Eupora on Friday night.

EW has an open date this week, but plays host to county-rival Eupora in the regular-season finale on Nov. 1.