Wolverines host Trojans for rematch

Through the regular season, 11 teams tried to slow down the East Webster Wolverines. All 11 failed.
Now, Bruce gets another shot.
The Wolverines (11-0) and Trojans (4-7) both begin their Class 2A playoff runs in Cumberland tonight on the same field where East Webster defeated Bruce 53-15 on Sept. 17.
As he prepares for the Trojans for the second time in 2010, Wolverines head coach Jimmy Carden knows neither team will be able to offer up a whole lot in the way of surprises in tonight’s 7 p.m. game.
“They’ve watched a lot of tape on us,” said Carden. “I’m sure they watched two or three tapes on us the first time we played and they’ve got two or three more now. So they’re very familiar. They know what we do and we, pretty much, have scouted everything we’ve seen them do.”
What Carden has seen during his recent film-viewing sessions has him a bit concerned about the threats the Trojans will be bringing to the table.
Bruce started the year losing four of its first five games, but rebounded to go 3-3 over the final six contests.
Perhaps most impressively, the Trojans are coming off a loss against undefeated Calhoun City where Bruce came up short by just six points, 19-13.
“I know from watching the Calhoun City tape and watching (Bruce) that they’ve gotten a lot better,” said Carden. “I don’t know about us. I guess we’ll find out Friday night.”
If quarterback Ledrick Patterson, along with running backs Timakis Bell and Demetrius O’Briant, can continue what they’ve all done to this point in the season, East Webster will be fine.
The three cornerstones of the Wolverines’ triple-option attack have combined this season for 2,754 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground alone.
Carden says he hopes to see more of the same as East Webster tries to roll on to round two of the postseason.
“We’re too far along to change anything up now,” said Carden.

Walnut (8-3) at
Eupora (7-3)

The Eagles host the Wildcats in a first-round Class 2A playoff matchup.
Walnut enters the postseason on the strength of a powerful offense that averaged 36.8 points per game during the regular slate.
However, the Wildcats have struggled on the road this year, sporting just a 2-3 record away from their home turf.
The Eagles are 4-1 in Eupora during the 2010 campaign.
Both Eupora and Walnut have squared off against a pair of common opponents this year.
Walnut defeated Bruce 21-7 and lost to Calhoun City 37-0.
The Eagles won 40-28 against the Trojans and fell to Calhoun City 35-14.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.

West Oktibbeha (6-4) at French Camp (7-2)

The Timberwolves travel to French Camp needing a win to advance to the Class A playoffs, which begin next week.
To do that West Oktibbeha’s offense will have to show the same firepower it displayed through the season’s first six games when the Timberwolves scored at least 27 points in every contest.
Over the last four games, West Oktibbeha has surpassed the 20-point mark just once.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Ethel (2-8) at East Oktibbeha (3-7)

The Titans and the Tigers both wrap up their seasons tonight in Crawford.
Ethel comes in fresh off a 43-22 win against Thomastown, a victory that snapped a six-game losing streak.
East Oktibbeha’s fortunes turned the other way one week ago, as the Titans’ 47-6 loss to Nanih Waiya spoiled a string of three consecutive wins.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.