Houlka fails to slow down East Webster
Timakis Bell (16) breaks a run in the first quarter for East Webster. (Kim Murrell/SDN)
MABEN â€“ The only thing that slowed down the East Webster Wolverines in the first half of Friday night's high school football game against the Houlka Wildcats was the official's water breaks.
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Those seemed to be the only times the Wolverines weren't on the field scoring in some manner.
East Webster put up 37 first-half points and went on to defeat Houlka 52-0 at home.
The Wolverines found it easy to improve their record to 4-0 this season against a program that has only been in existence for a short time.
"We intended to be focused and take care of our business," East Webster coach Jimmy Carden said. "We wanted to play our best ballgame of the year regardless because you never know what's going to happen when you walk between the lines."
The Wildcats couldn't generate any offense against the Wolverines and only recorded one first down in the opening half.
Timakis Bell was the busiest East Webster player in the first half as he scored a pair of touchdowns with a 33-yarder at the 9:06 mark of the first quarter and a 32-yarder with 6:52 remaining in the second quarter.
Bell, who was the leading rusher with four carries for 74 yards, booted all six extra points in the game and he also had kickoff responsibilities after each East Webster score.
"I have to give God the honor and the glory," Bell said. "In warm-ups, I wasn't in a zone, made a couple of mistakes and I had to clear my head.
"After I cleared everything on the first offensive drive, I told my offensive line to leave everything on the field no matter what. We knew Houlka was coming to play so we had to play as well."
The other points for the Wolverines in the first half were a 24-yard interception return for Demetrius O'Briant, a 39-yard run by Josh Gladney, a 10-yard run by O'Briant and a safety when Houlka punter Marquis Vance kicked the football off of one of his own men and through the back of the end zone.
In the second half, Ledrick Patterson completed his only pass attempt of the game for East Webster, a 50-yard scoring pass to Miguel Graham with 5:33 left in the third quarter.
The final touchdown for the Wolverines was a 10-yard quarterback keeper by backup signal caller Cody McKee. He called own his number again for the two-point conversion.
Carden spent most of the second half getting many reserves like McKee, Marques Reives, Nick Reynolds and others some experience.
East Webster remains home to take on Bruce next Friday.