“One thing about our kids is they play hard and won’t quit,” said coach Doug Wilson after his Wolverines dropped a back-and-forth battle to Calhoun City Oct. 11.
His words were never more evident than in the fourth quarter as the Wolverines trailed by two touchdowns with less than three minutes to go. Rather than admit defeat, they pushed down field with quarterback Jack Wilson throwing his way to four consecutive first downs and a touchdown pass in the final minute of the game.
Wilson connected with McKinley Hollenhead and Kolby Crowley to eat up the yards and hit Deangelo Liggins from five-yards out for the final touchdown, although the Wolverines still took the 31-42 loss.
A defensive battle controlled the first quarter and left both teams scoreless, but things started heating up offensively in the second as Calhoun City’s Cartin McBride went on a 79-yard scamper to put the Wildcats on the board and Jordan England connected on the point after attempt.
The Wolverines retaliated, forcing a Calhoun City punt deep in their own territory to set up the East Webster drive on the 39-yard line. Wilson faked and ran for a first down to put the Wolverines inside the red zone and connected with Marques Reives on a 13-yard TD pass. Tyler Cosby connected on the PAT to tie the score at seven-all.
And then the scoring really began.
City knocked in another TD off another McBride run to close the half with the Cats in the lead 14-7.
The Wolves tied it again in at the start of the third as Reives ran back the kickoff all the way to the Calhoun City 10-yard line and Wilbur O’Briant carried it across, but the Cats came back with another McBride TD to retain the lead.
East Webster’s Wilson dropped a bomb on Hollenhead to put the Wolverines inside the 10 but had to settle for a field goal from Cosby and the Wildcats increased their lead on a 32-yard TD pass to Brieton Sykes to close the third quarter up 28-17.
The fourth quarter opened with McBride crossing the goal line on a 31-yard run,but East Webster matched it with O’Briant’s four-yard sweep to the outside.
East Webster’s John Wofford Williams forced a fumble but Calhoun City’s Sykes got the pick to return possession. On the ensuing touchdown, McBride and Lavarious Varnado swapped places with McBride, with McBride pushing the drive and Varnado completing it with the 12-yard TD.
The Wolverines fourth-quarter TD brought them within 11 points in a tit-for-tat outing in divison play.
Taking on the Trojans
The Wolverines (6-8, 0-2) will host the Bruce Trojans (5-2, 1-1) Friday in Cumberland. Wilson knows how tough his division is and will be working to have his team ready.
“Bruce is a great team,” Wilson said. “Big and have a lot of speed. They’ll be a challenge for us this week.”
But Wilson, like his team, doesn’t back down from a challenge.
“We look forward to the challenge of hosting another good team this week,” Wilson said.