MABEN –The East Webster Wolverines could not overcome several miscues as they dropped their first game of the season to the Caledonia Confederates 27-10 Friday night.
The Wolverines are now 3-1 this season as the Confederates remained undefeated and improved to 4-0.
"It was just a hard fought game and no matter what we'll go back Monday and play as hard as we can in practice and get ready for next Friday," East Webster linebacker Austin Cunningham said.
Caledonia went up 7-0 early in the first quarter following senior running back Onterrio Lowery's 41-yard run but the Wolverines shortly answered when sophomore quarterback Deangelo Liggins connected with junior wide receiver Tyler Doss with a 58-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-7 after one quarter of play.
The mistakes by East Webster then began as Caledonia capitalized off a muffed punt and a few plays later sophomore running back punched it in from 17 yards to put the Confederates up for good. However, it was close at the half as East Webster's Tyler Cosby converted on a 21-yard field goal made it 14-10. The Wolverines dodged a bullet when late in the first half sophomore running back Marques Reives fumbled deep inside East Webster's territory but junior defensive back Mckinley Hollenhead intercepted one of two of his picks for the night inside the end zone to stop a scoring threat by Caledonia.
The second half possession was controlled by Caledonia and actually possessed the ball for over half of the third quarter leaving East Webster's defense playing many minutes. The mistakes then started to pile on. After a personal foul penalty backed East Webster inside its own 10-yard line, Lucas Eads for Caledonia returned the punt 39 yards for the score. In the fourth quarter, the ball was snapped over Liggins' head and recovered by Caledonia which turned the fumble into another score as the Wolverines fell behind by the eventual final score of 27-10.
East Webster head coach Doug Wilson said that his players did not fatique but the team could not overcome the mistakes.
"It look like we were still in decent shape there at the end, we just stayed on the field a little too long on defense that short field but effort was there, we're proud," he said.
The Wolverines attempt to get back on the winning track next Friday against Walnut.