MABEN – Two talented and tough football teams lined up Friday night in a challenging class 2A second round playoff game.
Both East Webster Wolverines and Bruce Trojans sported 9-3 records prior to the game and when action came to a close, the Trojans had increased their record by one win with a 35-7 win over the Wolverines.
“Bruce just had too many weapons for us,” East Webster coach Doug Wilson said. “They have so much speed and they get to the ball well. We would stop one thing and they would hit us with another. Our kids played hard this game as they have every game and overall this season had been good for us.”
The first quarter was all Bruce as Shaq Bush provided nine of the 14 points. Bush’s first point came off kick after a touchdown that followed teammate Zay Armstrong’s 4-yard touchdown run. Bush then tacked on seven points of his own as he caught Davis Brown’s 21-yard pass and then split the uprights with his second PAT to make it 14-0.
East Webster closed the first quarter of play on the 1-yard line and when the second quarter began, it capitalized on the excellent field position with a 1-yard touchdown run by Wilbur O’Briant. Wolverine kicker Tyler Cosby then split the uprights to make it 14-7 Trojans.
With 12 seconds to go in the half, a team was again on the 1-yard line. This time it was Bruce and following a quarterback sneak by Brown the score stood 20-7 heading into the locker rooms.
The points picked up by O’Briant and Cosby in the second quarter proved to be the only ones for the Wolverines, as Bruce’s air attack controlled the final two quarters of play.
The first seven points came off a 39-yard touchdown pass between the Brown and Donta Armstrong, followed by a Tyler Donavan PAT that was good. Bruce’s final points of the night came as Brown hit Armstrong one last time with a 41-yard pass. Brown then found Darrien Sullivan for two to cap the night with a 35-7 Trojan victory.
Deangelo Liggins led the way for the Wolverines with 90 yards on 19 carries, followed by O’Briant with 14 rushes, 21 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the Wolverines picked up three forced turnovers.
Brown led the way for Bruce as he threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one score as he was 18-28 passing with 303 yards.
Things may not have swung the Wolverines way, but Wilson feels confident that the lessons learned by his team are positive as it moves forward.
“We feel we are headed in the right direction for the future,” said Wilson. “We learned a lot (Friday night). You learn every time you play the game. Sometimes I think you learn more the losses than you do the wins.”
With their victory, Bruce punched its ticket to the third round and a battle against West Bolivar who beat Ackerman 37-15.