MABEN – When it comes to region championships, East Webster isn’t one for sharing and proved it with a dominating Senior Night performance.
The Wolverines racked up 469 total yards and scored 62 unanswered points in a 62-14 rout of West Lowndes to pick up their first region title since 2007 and first since East Webster made the leap to Class 2A football.
“This is the goal you set out for yourself when you start preseason camp and I guess if you win them all, that’s a bonus,” East Webster head coach Jimmy Carden said. “I’ve had some good teams here but I think this bunch really plays more like a team than any other I’ve had.”
The last time East Webster had a undefeated regular season was the 2007 squad, led by current Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks, that made it to the North Half title game but fell to Ray Brooks 32-10.
Wolverines senior quarterback Ledrick Patterson matched a career-high with six total touchdowns (three passing, three rushing) in only two and a half quarters of play.
“We got a big fullback, a great running back and then there’s nights teams let me do my thing,” Patterson said. “Nobody has been able to stop our offense this season if everybody does what they’re supposed to.”
Patterson ended the night with 211 total yards (135 rushing, 76 passing) and the option game, which starts with the ball in his hands, led to a team-high 157 yards on 15 carries for Demetrius O'Briant.
“That’s the one thing with our offense is that before the season is over, everybody is going to contribute and it just so happened it was those two tonight,” Carden said.
West Lowndes (6-4, 3-2) began the game giving East Webster its first deficit of the season when on a fourth-down play senior quarterback Jamarquis Humphreys acted like he was going to punt the ball but connected with senior receiver Deandra Lewis for a 46-yard touchdown.
“That was the first time we’ve been down all season and I was interested to see how our team would respond,” Carden said. “Needless to say, I thought my kids responded well.’
East Webster (11-0, 5-0) took its first possession 51 yards on seven plays that concluded with a nine-yard touchdown pass as Patterson found Lilton Vance behind all 11 West Lowndes defenders for their first score.
An interception of a Humphreys’ pass by Wolverines senior Josh Gladney set up a 1-yard sneak by Patterson and suddenly East Webster not only had a 14-6 lead but the momentum for the rest of the evening.
“I told the defense to keep getting and it sure seemed like they did that in the first half,” Carden said.
East Webster senior Nick Morrow would make it back-to-back interceptions, this time against West Lowndes running back Antonio Wilson. Six plays later, Patterson ran untouched down the sidelines on an option play and losing his shoe halfway through the run wouldn’t stop the senior from a 46-yard touchdown scamper.
Patterson finished off the half with two play-action touchdown passes to deep threat Miguel Graham.
After five turnovers and only 61 total yards after the first drive, West Lowdnes would walk into the locker room with a 47-6 halftime deficit.
The Wolverines second-string offense even got into the scoring act in the fourth quarter as sophomore quarterback Cody McKee found the end zone on a 20 yard run to complete East Webster’s scoring for the night.
“I was happy that the young guys got to play so much on offense and defense tonight,” Carden said. “That’s next year’s team right there and they sort of showed what they can do too.”
With the victory, East Webster guaranteed its first round matchup of the Class 2A state playoffs will played at home against Bruce (4-7) next week.
“The first thing coach stressed to us after the game is everyone in the playoff is now 0-0,” Patterson said. “We’ve got a region championship but starting Monday we’ve got to start thinking about a state title.”