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Smith Column: Wolverines and Cats were easy choice for Game of Week

November 19, 2010

Danny P. Smith
Sports Editor

Each week during the high school football season, the Starkville Daily News sports staff has chosen a game of interest as the Area High School Game of the Week.
There have been some weeks where the game has been easier to identify than others.
Of course with East Webster being the final team in our coverage area still playing football at this time of the year, the process of elimination has narrowed down the selections.
Even if there were four or five games to pick from this week, it would have been a no-brainer which direction to go.
The matchup between the East Webster Wolverines and the Calhoun City Wildcats is not only the top game involving a school from our coverage area, but it may very well be the biggest game in the state of Mississippi.
East Webster and Calhoun City enter the game with identical 13-0 records. That means there's going to be a very good team sitting at home in North Class 2A when the state championship is being played early next month.
There hasn't been many squads that have even challenged the Wolverines.
West Oktibbeha's potent offense scored the most points on East Webster, but the Wolverines still won a 55-27 decision in the second game of the season.
After East Webster dominated Bruce 53-15 in the regular season, the point-spread was much closer in the playoffs as the Wolverines won 35-20. The Trojans scored their points late in the postseason meeting.
East Webster can be a difficult matchup for anyone with players like Timakis Bell, Ledrick Patterson and Demetrius O'Briant leading the way. The production of those three players alone have been amazing.
Coach Jimmy Carden may have the best team he's had since arriving in Cumberland and considering it was only two years ago when he had the likes of Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks and others, it seems the talented Wolverines just keep on coming out.
Despite what happens on the field tonight, East Webster appears to be a solid program that will be competitive in Class 2A for years to come.
The Wolverines learned they will remain in Class 2A after the Mississippi High School Athletic Association released its reclassification list on Wednesday.
Starkville High School was the only school in our coverage area that made a move, going from Class 6A to Class 5A.
The Yellowjackets won't be in a division with South Panola, Olive Branch, Southaven and Columbus anymore. Starkville will probably be grouped with rival West Point, while the other opponents will depend on which direction the MHSAA decides to send it. That will be determined once schools that want to appeal their classification standing have a chance to do so.
With the Jackets changing classes, it will be a little odd not seeing the division clash against the Columbus Falcons at the end of the season. That was getting to be a pretty intense rivalry lately and was especially the case this year when the Falcons won a 34-32 decision at SHS.
You can bet the Jackets don't want that result to stand as the last game in the series for very long.
Expect there to be steps taken to make sure Columbus stays on the Starkville schedule somehow.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.

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