Defense puts Wolverines in position to score points
East Webster defensive back Miguel Graham (2) picks off one of his two interceptions Friday night. (Diana Edwards/For the Daily News)
MABEN â€“ It's hard to ignore the amount of points and yardage the East Webster Wolverines pile up on offense these days.
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The defense does its part in putting East Webster in position to score.
Three first-half turnovers forced by the Wolverines were turned into 20 points and they went on to get a 53-15 victory against the Bruce Trojans Friday night.
"We try to step up the tone so we can set it," East Webster defensive end Brennon Sparks said. "We're trying to set the tone so we can go all the way to Jackson.
"Offensively, we've picked it up since last year and we're trying to get it clicking. We've carried our defensive play into this year. We've got some improvement to do still."
Sparks recovered a fumble to put the Wolverines in good shape at the 30-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Ledrick Patterson scored on a 20-yard keeper with 9:45 remaining in the first quarter.
On the next Bruce offensive possession, quarterback Davis Brown was picked off by Demetrius O'Briant at the East Webster 26-yard line. Patterson took the Wolverines down the field once again with an eight-play drive that finished with a 12-yard touchdown run by Timakis Bell at the 4:09 mark of the first quarter.
Miguel Graham had an interception for East Webster, his first of two in the game, at the end of the first half and the offense scored to increase its lead to 33-7 at halftime. Patterson found tight end Lilton Vance for a 30-yard score with 26 seconds left in the half.
The other touchdowns for the Wolverines in the first half were a 14-yard run by Patterson and a 2-yard run by O'Briant, both in the second quarter.
East Webster, which improved to 5-0, capped its scoring with a 15-yard run by O'Briant, a 1-yard run by Nick Reynolds and a 42-yard interception return by Marques Reives.
Even though the Wolverines came up with some big plays defensively and appeared unstoppable offensively, head coach Jimmy Carden still believes they can be better.
"The great thing about it is we feel we can get better," Carden said. "We're not where we want to be on defense. Right now, offense is clicking. Nobody has made us do something else at this point."
East Webster had 310 yards rushing with Patterson getting 145 of those yards on 17 carries and O'Briant added 113 yards on 21 attempts.
Carden said Bruce sported a good football team despite falling to 1-4.
"Bruce is just a yard or two away from being a 4-0 football team," East Webster coach Jimmy Carden said. "Things just haven't gone exactly like they wanted it to. They've lost to Eupora, Vardaman and a good Water Valley team."
Next for the Wolverines is a trip to Alcorn Central next week.