MABEN – Three East Webster players ran for over 100 yards and the Wolverines tallied 481 total rushing yards in a dominant 55-27 win over West Oktibbeha Friday night.
Ledrick Patterson, Timakis Bell, and Demetrius O'Briant all hit the century mark for the Wolverines (2-0). The trio also combined for five touchdowns, three of which belonged to Patterson as the athletic quarterback took over the early stages of the game with his legs.
"I think (West Oktibbeha) was concentrating so much on stopping Bell up the middle," said East Webster head coach Jimmy Carden. "So they flooded the box and left the corners open and Ledrick took advantage. He read it well and ran it well."
Patterson, who also completed the only pass he threw for a 30-yard score to Miguel Graham early in the second half, said he was shocked he had so much room to run for the majority of the night.
"On the film we watched this week, (West Oktibbeha's) ends were good about waiting back and waiting to read the option," said Patterson. "(Friday) they were crashing in and when I went to the outside, there wasn't anything. I was surprised. Real surprised."
West Oktibbeha (1-1) held their own early in the game. Timberwolves quarterback Von Smith, who finished with 272 yards passing, hit both Josh Poe and Tiberious Lampkin for scores in the first quarter.
Lampkin's touchdown, a 59-yard reception, actually tied the game at 14 at the end of the period.
From there, East Webster put up 41 unanswered points, largely due to the Timberwolves' inability to stop the Wolverines on the ground.
"East Webster is a physical, strong ball team," said West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey. "Their line and their fullback, and their quarterback can fly. Maybe it wore us down. We were rotating guys in as best as we could, but we just played a great team tonight."
Patterson says the win over a rival gives he and his teammates a little retribution for some pre-game smack he had read.
"This feels great," said Patterson. "(West Oktibbeha) had been talking the whole week, like on Facebook. They had been talking bad. We just wanted to come out and give our fans a show."