Wolverines in defensive battle with Trojans
Friday night was a fight the East Webster Wolverines never thought they would be facing this season – a fight to stave off a losing streak. The East Webster team, now 0-3 in a tough division 2A hosted Bruce and waged a defensive battle to keep the Trojans under control.
They almost succeeded in their quest.
“It was another great game,” said coach Doug Wilson. “Our defense played better, really giving up just one big play all night. The offense did a good job, too, just one play short of scoring on several occasions.”
The Wolverines had a chance to take an early lead after DeAngelo Liggins took a carry for 61 yards, deep into Bruce territory, but the Trojans defense held for a three-and-out and Tyler Cosby had a rare miss as his 23-yard field goal was no good.
The second quarter brought East Webster their only score of the night.
After a Bruce turnover on downs, the offense marched the ball down the field, but was stopped on the Trojan 15-yard line. Cosby was good on the field goal, giving the Wolverines a 3-0 lead for halftime.
East Webster’s defense held the explosive Trojan offense in check throughout the third quarter and most of the fourth, but Bruce’s Donte Armstrong was able to find a weakness and exploit it for a 59-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the Trojans had a 7-3 lead with 6:13 left in the game.
East Webster tried to mount a late fourth-quarter comeback after a Bruce pass interference call put the Wolverines on the Trojan 33-yard line. The Wolverines had a fourth-and-five from the Trojan 28, where the Wolverine offense was shut down.
“Give tribute to a very fast Trojan defense,” Wilson said. “Again our kids played their hearts out until the very last second of the game.”
Bruce regained possession with 1:11 left in the game and ran out the clock.
The loss drops East Webster to 6-3 on the season, and 0-2 in district play. They have a bye Friday with play resuming Nov. 1 when they will take on county rival Eupora in their final division game of the season.
“We look forward to a week off and preparing to play the Eagles,” Wilson said.
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