Wolverines need win over rivals to earn playoff spot

By Austin Bishop

The Webster Progress Times

 

The bye week on East Webster’s schedule couldn’t have come at a much better time for the Wolverines.

Last week was a busy one on the school’s campus as the move was being made from Wood Junior College to the renovated campus in Cumberland.

“We had a few people banged up, but the biggest thing about having the week off was with us moving,” said EW head coach Doug Wilson. “We were taking care of that from eight to two and then at two (practice time) it was business as usual.”

That bye also gave the Wolverines a little extra time to prepare for visiting Eupora on Friday night. When the game kicks off at 7 p.m. a lot of pride will be on the line, but so are the MHSAA Class 2A Playoffs.

“This Monday we began stressing to the players that if we win we are in, if we lose the season is over,” Wilson said. “That’s about as cut and dried as you can get it.”

Wilson thought it was very possible his team could be playing for pride only on Friday night going into last week’s action. But Calhoun City took a 27-20 win over Eupora, which left the Eagles at 1-3 and in fourth place in the five-team league. While East Webster is 0-3, if the Wolverines beat EHS on Friday they will earn the fourth and final playoff spot out of Region 4-2A.

“We are just blessed to be in this position,” Wilson said.

As predicted, Region 4-2A has been a wild one. Calhoun City leads the way at 3-0 and has clinched at least second in the league, while Okolona is 2-1. A win by the Chiefs over Calhoun City on Friday, would give Okolona the region title.

Bruce has already finished league play and is 2-2, while Eupora is 1-3 and East Webster is 0-3.

The overall records for the five teams going into the last week of the regular season is so similar that it’s scary. Calhoun City, Bruce and East Webster are all 6-3, while Eupora is 6-2 and Okolona is 5-3.

“You know Eupora is going to be prepared,” Wilson said. “They are always well coached and will come in here ready to play.”