Wolverines seek to keep winning going at home

East Webster quarterback Steven Betts

Staff Writer

It's not enough for the East Webster Wolverines.

After upsetting No. 1 seed O'Bannon in the first round of the Class A playoffs last week, the Wolverines are ready to advance further.

East Webster can do that with a win Friday night at home against the Philadelphia Tornadoes. Kickoff in Cumberland is set for 7 p.m.

For senior wide receiver Keevon Patterson, he won't be satisfied unless the Wolverines are playing in Hattiesburg in December for a state title.

"We're trying to go as far as we can and trying to make it to the state championship this year," Patterson said.

If East Webster brings the same energy and desire it did when knocking out O'Bannon 35-6, there could be another surprise in the mix.

The Wolverines (6-6) defeated the Greenwaves, who had averaged nearly 400 yards rushing per game this season.

"For our kids to play the way that they did and to control the game from start to finish in dominating fashion was very refreshing for our team," East Webster head coach Ron Price said. "It doesn't get any easier this week. We play Philadelphia. The great thing is we get to play them at home. They are athletic offensively and defensively. They score a lot of points on offense and are good on defense."

The Tornadoes (7-4) are led by quarterback Asher Morgan, who has completed 122-of-212 pass attempts for 2,180 yards and 13 touchdowns. Raedarius Triplett has 706 rushing yards on 91 carries.

"They are fast and we are going to have to contain them," Patterson said of Philadelphia's talent.

Patterson has 555 yards receiving for East Webster and had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown last week against O'Bannon. He was chosen the OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week.

Quarterback Steven Betts has completed 55-of-122 pass attempts for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns of the Wolverines, while Tyrik Pittman has rushed 94 times for 523 yards and Sloan Hillhouse has carried 85 times for 433 yards. Hillhouse had 71 tackles to pace the defensive effort.

Price hopes that his East Webster team still has something left in the tank and can keep up its impressive play.

"Friday night, there are eight teams left in North Mississippi in 2A and we're one of them," Price said. "Our kids have surprised us all year. They have gotten better week by week. Hopefully Friday night, they will go out and give us another great football game."