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Contrasting styles exist for encounter between W.O., E.W.

August 26, 2010

No matter what style of offense you prefer, odds are you'll get your fix tonight in Cumberland as the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves battle the East Webster Wolverines.
The 7:30 p.m. encounter in Cumberland is between teams that won its first game last week.
Like smashmouth, in your face football? Then the Wolverines should give you plenty.
"They are a physical team," said West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey. "They have a humongous fullback, a talented offensive line, and they just come at you."
South Pontotoc, East Webster's season-opening opponent, can vouch for Lowrey's claim. Last week, the Wolverines rode their offensive line as Demetrius O'Briant ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns on the way to a 35-14 win.
"We only threw the ball three times last week," said East Webster head coach Jimmy Carden of his team's attack last Friday. "So we're definitely a run-oriented team."
Conversely, the Timberwolves aren't afraid to air it out, as evidenced in their 31-14 win over West Lowndes a week ago. Quarterback Von Smith passed 33 times in the victory over the Panthers and Carden wouldn't be surprised to see Smith and company put their athleticism to work again tonight.
"(West Oktibbeha) has good skill guys and are fast, maybe faster than us," said Carden. "To counter them, we're going to have to play good team defense and be where we're supposed to be, when we're supposed to be there."
While Lowrey says it's fair to call his team one that relies on the pass, he says that doesn't mean they'll completely abandon their own running game tonight against the Wolverines.
"We'll do whatever it's going to take," said Lowrey. "We actually ran pretty good against West Lowndes, so we'll see."
In last season's matchup, East Webster took a lopsided 40-0 win. But after West Oktibbeha's showing a week ago, Carden isn't expecting another blowout.
"They're a well-coached team and it's their third year with (Lowrey)," said Carden. "They have taken their lumps and grown up and they're a good football team."

West Lowndes (0-1) at East Oktibbeha (0-1)

East Oktibbeha opens up its home schedule tonight, battling West Lowndes.
Coach Randy Brooks' Titans are coming off a tough, 20-8 loss to Montgomery County in last week's opener in Kilmichael.
In that game, the Titans, trailing 14-8, punched in what would have been a game-tying score in the fourth quarter but had the play negated after a clipping penalty.
Montgomery County answered later in the period with a touchdown that iced the game.
The Titans lost 26-0 in last year's meeting at West Lowndes.

Durant (1-0) at Ackerman (1-0)

Eight days after narrowly escaping with an 8-6, overtime victory over Starkville Academy, the 2009 Class 2A state runner-up Indians host Durant.
The game is set up to be a battle of defenses.
Ackerman held the Volunteers to just 101 yards of total offense last week, not allowing a point until overtime.
The Tigers blanked Marshall 47-0 a week ago.
Ackerman easily won last year's tilt on Durant's homefield 42-14.

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