Area Preview: East Webster plays at Choctaw County

Ron Price

Staff Writer

It was no accident that the East Webster Wolverines happened to pick Aberdeen in their preseason jamboree last week.

With Class 3A Choctaw County as the first opponent of the 2018 season, East Webster coach Ron Price wanted to target a team with the same characteristics to scrimmage so he could get an idea of where he needed to focus the efforts of the Wolverines going into game week.

Aberdeen was not only a fellow 3A team for the Chargers, but they are also members of Region 4.

“The ultimate goal was to be ready for week one against Choctaw County,” Price said. “Aberdeen matches up athletically with Choctaw County.”

East Webster makes the short trip to Ackerman Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Choctaw County. Other games in the area have Eupora traveling to Water Valley, French Camp playing at Winona Christian and Hebron Christian opening at home against Sharkey-Issaquena Academy.

The Chargers have never beaten the Wolverines so that’s all Choctaw County coach Ben Ashley needs to know about the importance of getting the job done.

“They’re East Webster,” Ashley said. “It’s going to take our best effort. We’re sitting here and have never beaten them. That challenge is in front of us and we’ve got to find a way to kick down that wall. We’re just going to have to play well, not turn the ball over and give ourselves a chance.”

Both East Webster and Choctaw County lost in its jamboree opportunities last week. The Chargers were edged by Nanih Waiya 13-12, while the Wolverines were beaten by the Bulldogs 22-6.

Even with result against a bigger and talented opponent, Price remains encouraged about what East Webster can accomplish this season.

“I really like our team and like our kids and like the attitude,” Price said. “If they will keep doing the things we ask them to do, success will come to our football team.”

The Wolverines won a competitive 14-12 decision last year in Cumberland.