By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress Times
Doug Wilson got what he was looking for last Friday night.
The veteran EWHS head football coach said his Wolverines needed to face a four-quarter challenge to see where they stood this football season. They had their hands full with the homestanding Chargers of Choctaw County High School on Friday, but made several crucial plays to take a thrilling 21-18 win to improve to 3-0 on the session.
“It was a game that was full of big plays,” Wilson said. “A lot of weird things happened and both teams played with a high level of emotion. We needed a game like this for sure.”
East Webster held a 14-12 lead midway in the fourth quarter when Shye Link intercepted a CCHS pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown to give the Wolverines a nine-point lead.
“That was a big play,” Wilson said. “But the turning point was when we stopped them on fourth and one (at the goal line). Then we managed to get the ball out of there.”
The Wolverines ran an option play with quarterback Charlie Brand pitching the ball to Qua Evans who broke loose for a 30-yard run to give EWHS some running room.
Choctaw County managed to score on a 73-yard hook and lateral play with 14 seconds left to cut it to 21-18, but the Wolverines recovered the onside kick to end the threat.
Next up for EWHS is a home match-up with a 2-1 Houston team this Friday night at 7. The Hilltoppers have wins over Calhoun City (21-7) and Okolona (35-6) this season, after falling to Pontotoc 24-14 in the season opener.
“They are going to be tough,” Wilson said of the Hilltoppers. “We have upset them two of the last three years and I think they are sort of making a big deal about this game. I think our kids will compete well and hopefully as coaches we will have them ready to play.”
East Webster jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead over the Chargers as Charlie Brand hit Shye Link with a 24-yard scoring pass, then connected with Cade Shurden on an 8-yard scoring toss. Qua Evans ran in the two-point conversion after the first touchdown.
Choctaw County cut it to 14-6 at the half when Woody Vowell hit Austin Telano with a 25-yard scoring toss. The Chargers whittled that down to 14-12 in the fourth quarter when Vowell found Jalen Esters with a 7-yard scoring toss. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
That’s when Link stepped up with his big interception return for a score.
Brand hit on 17-of-25 passes for 151 yards for the Wolverines, with Link making five catches for 90 yards, Miller Hancock three for 12, Shurden two for 12 and Darius Bryant two for 11.
Evans and Luke Wilson led the EWHS defense with 13 and 12 tackles respectively, as Spencer Carden and Cole Morgan had strong efforts as well. Link and Isaac Patterson each had interceptions.