Opposing viewpoint: East Webster

Staff Writer

Coach Ron Price was happy to see the East Webster Wolverines rewarded for their hard work.

He could see the effort that his Wolverines were putting out on the practice field and going into games, but victory had escaped their grasp over the first two weeks.

In the third game of the season, which was a road game to Smithville, East Webster broke through for a 28-13 win.

Price was glad to see the satisfaction in the eyes of the players after having a result go in the favor of the Wolverines.

"You just need that taste of success to keep the kids motivated and give them a reward for the hard work throughout the spring football and throughout the summer," Price said on Wednesday. "They are doing the things that we've asked them to do. They are working hard. They are improving from week to week. To finally get a taste of success really made everybody in our building feel a whole lot better."

East Webster suffered a 42-13 loss at Choctaw County to open the season, but played much better at home the next week and had a lead against Okolona only to let it slip away and fell 35-26.

Price said the Wolverines never wavered even with the 0-2 start.

"In the world we live in today, people expect instant gratification and sometimes you have to wait a little longer than you want to get the reward for hard work, but our kids have stayed the course," Price said. "They are improving week by week and that's what we've asked them to do. When the season started, we asked them to just get better and improve. They've had a hunger and desire to be successful and I'm thankful they've got that taste of victory."

Now East Webster returns home this week to face the Starkville Academy Volunteers.

Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson can see what Price and everyone else does with East Webster and was not surprised to see it beat Smithville.

"They are a good football team," Nicholson said. "They lost a lot (from last year). They graduated a lot so they're having to figure some things out, but it's still East Webster. They are a tough bunch of kids. I don't foresee them having problems for too long."

The Wolverines have played two quarterbacks with Gray McCarter getting the most action by completing 22 of 44 pass attempts for 302 yards. Keevon Patterson has completed 5 of 11 attempts for 86 yards.

Tyrik Pittman is the leading rusher for East Webster with 34 carries for 199 yards and two touchdowns, while Conner Shurden had eight catches for 126 yards and one score in the receiving department.

Defensively, Hunter Dendy and Cooper Reed pace the Wolverines with 19 tackles each.