MABEN – East Webster head coach Doug Wilson wanted to give a lot of younger guys some experience Friday night.
In the process, his Wolverines beat the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves 7-6 at the West Oktibbeha High School football field.
"We got a lot of young kids some experience, and that's what we were needing," Wilson said. "We played a lot of 9th graders that we are going to have to depend on. We got a lot out of our seniors and I'm proud of them. We have a lot of mistakes to fix and that's why we play these games."
On the other side, Timberwolves head coach Adam Lowrey was pleased with the way his team played on the defensive end, but saw some things that could be done better.
"We were hitting on defense definitely," Lowrey said. "It's going to take the offensive line a couple more weeks to gel. We have to iron out some kinks."
East Webster was first to score when junior running back Wilbur O'Briant punched it in from a few yards out in the first half of a two-quarter game.
West Oktibbeha found a way to get points when senior tailback Tiberias Lampkin busted a long run for six.
"(Lampkin) played in spurts," Lowrey said. "He has got the ability, but he was hit and miss. A lot of what we do is going to go through him. He is going to be a big back and hard to stop."
Lowrey elected to go for two points, but the Timberwolves came up empty after a fumbled snap.
Quarterback Deangelo Liggins led the Wolverines on offense and Wilson was impressed with his play, as well as, with others.
"Liggins had a great game," Wilson said. "Defensively, Brett Flora made big plays and Nick Reynolds made some big plays. Our kickers did a good job. I am proud of all of them."
Lowrey is changing his strategy on offense this year.
"We've always been a spread passing attack," Lowrey said. "Our identify is shifting to more of a power running team. You have to look at the cards you have and play what you have. You have to have peaches if you're going to make peach cobbler."
With very few boys who play football at West Oktibbeha, it is hard to see what you have at practice so Lowrey was glad his team got to scrimmage against another squad before the season starts.
"This was an opportunity for us to scrimmage against somebody else," Lowrey said. "(East Webster) is an in your face, let's come after it. That's exactly what we wanted, and I thought our boys responded."
In the first game, French Camp took care of West Lowndes 11-0 with a touchdown and two safeties.
East Webster travels to Vardaman next Friday for its season opener.
"As far as intensity, we came out and played competitive," Wilson said. "That is our goal for the season.
"We leave the preseason jitters here and take some Friday night experience. We are just blessed it came out our way (Friday night)."
West Oktibbeha hosts S.V. Marshall next Friday and Lowrey is going to let his team know about the game they just played.
"We are grilling them every day at practice," Lowrey said. "We are going to remind them about that one point. That is going to be what we talk about all year long, that one point."