East Webster shuts out Hamilton
HAMILTON – Another game, another shutout for the East Webster Wolverines.
East Webster recorded its seventh shutout in nine games, defeating the Hamilton Lions 35-0 in a Class 2A, Region 2 game at Jimmie Moore Field on Friday.
"It feels good to get a shutout," East Webster linebacker Damien Britt said. "The defense didn't break down. We did good even though they did push the ball a little bit. The defense did all right."
East Webster (9-0, 3-0 region) limited Hamilton to 90 yards on the ground, 30 yards through the air and eight first downs, continuing its bid for an undefeated season.
Hamilton's offense moved the ball past midfield only twice during the game. Two other times, the defense set up the Lions inside the 50.
The closest Hamilton came to East Webster's end zone was when the Lions reached the 18-yard line in the second quarter. The Lions failed to put points on scoreboard, however, as John Alvo missed a 35-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining to intermission.
"I knew they (Hamilton) would play hard," East Webster coach Jimmy Carden said. "They're a well-coached team. I knew they'd play hard, but they've got a couple of kids hurt."
Meanwhile, East Webster's offense clicked from the start en route to a 28-0 halftime lead. The Wolverines scored the first two times they had the ball and four of the first five times in the first half.
East Webster built its halftime lead on a 48-yard pass from Ledrick Patterson to Miguel Graham and a 29-yard run by Timakis Bell in the first quarter, and a 7-yard run by Patterson and 18-yard pass from Patterson to Josh Gladney in the second period.
The defense set up Patterson's touchdown run when the Wolverines recovered a fumble at the 7-yard line.
The Wolverines displayed a balanced offense with the run and the pass. The running game set up the passing game as East Webster ran the ball five times before Patterson connected with Graham over the middle on the sixth offensive play of the game.
"Like coach said all through practice, the offense, we're going to make everything happen," Patterson said. "It all starts with the line. The line got a good practice on the sled this week. The line came out and made holes for us and the backs ran through them."
East Webster struck again quickly in the second half with Demetrius O'Briant taking a pitch and racing 47 yards around right end for a touchdown, scoring with 9:16 remaining in the third quarter.
The clock ran without stopping in the second half and the game went by quickly after O'Briant put the final points on the scoreboard.
The Wolverines finished with 240 yards rushing and 61 yards passing. O'Briant rushed for 93 yards and Bell gained 85 yards to lead the ground attack, while Patterson completed three passes for 61 yards.
"Offensively, the offensive line pushed the ball," Carden said. "The offensive line has pushed off the ball well all year long. It makes it a lot easier when you establish the line of scrimmage."
East Webster will continue its bid for an undefeated season Friday when it hosts J.Z. George.