By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
East Webster’s season-ending loss to Eupora on Friday night was a tough one for the Wolverines, bringing to culmination a four-game stretch that saw a six-game winning streak turn into a series of tough losses.
EW head football coach Doug Wilson knew his team would have their hands full once Region 4-2A play began and he was right.
“I don’t think you will find an any more competitive district anywhere,” he said going into the season. “Anybody can beat anybody. It’s so balanced.”
That proved to be the case, as the Wolverines were in each of their region games, but in each circumstance came up just a little bit short.
“These guys are fighters,” Wilson said. “I’m very proud of them. They never quit. They have a lot of pride and work very hard. I wish all our seniors nothing but the best.”
The Wolverines opened league play with losses to Okolona 32-24, eventual league champion Calhoun City 42-31 and Bruce 7-3.
East Webster entered Friday night’s game against Eupora with the opportunity to qualify for the playoffs with a win. The Wolverines fell behind 21-7 at the half, but fought back to cut it to 21-18 thanks to a 26-yard field goal by Tyler Cosby, a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jack Wilson and a two-point conversion.
However, Eupora’s Chance Cooper returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to snatch the momentum away from the Wolverines and put the Eagles back on top 28-18.
“That kick-off return really hurt us,” Wilson said. “We had fought to get back in the game and then they return the kick.”
Wilson said his team’s defense struggled in the first half, but after some adjustments at halftime began to stiffen and help East Webster cut the EHS lead to three points.
“We were trying some different things (in the first half) and they just didn’t work out,” he said. “We should have gone back to the basics a little earlier.”
East Webster, which finished the year at 6-4 overall and 0-4 in league play, took a 7-0 lead just 37 seconds into the game when Deangelo Williams broke a sweep play around the left end for 62 yards and a touchdown. He finished the night with 128 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Wilson hit on 4-of-6-passes for 47 yards, while Tyler Doss led EW with eight tackles and John Wofford Williams had seven.