By DANNY P. SMITH
MABEN – A sophomore to the left, a freshman to the right and another sophomore all over the field.
That's how the East Webster Wolverines handled the Williams-Sullivan Yellow Jackets 49-0 Friday night in Cumberland.
The Wolverines, who improved to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in Class 2A, Region 2, District 4, jumped out to a 42-0 lead at halftime and cruised to their second-consecutive victory.
"We're pleased and we've had some disappointments," East Webster coach Doug Wilson said. "We've been hit with the injury bug here lately. We've had two seniors out that we're really missing and we're hoping to get them back with us.
"We had a good week of practice and all the kids worked hard. It was a short week with the fall holiday so you are always concerned about that, but the kids responded well. We did what we had to do and hopefully this secured us a spot in the playoffs. That was one of our main goals."
The Wolverines built their halftime advantage by mixing the run and the pass.
After Deangelo Liggins got the scoring started with a 30-yard run at the 8:48 mark of the first quarter, East Webster got its second touchdown on a 10-yard pass by Codie McKee to Jake Williams with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter. Liggins came back to put up another touchdown on a 7-yard run with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, McKee tossed a 30-yard scoring pass to Brett Flora, while Wilbur O'Briant and Marques Reives added touchdown runs of 3 and 4 yards, respectively.
Liggins is a freshman for the Wolverines, while O'Briant and Reives are sophomores.
Defensive end Brennan Sparks, one of East Webster's seniors, likes to see it when the underclassmen contribute.
"We're lacking experience here or there, but our young players are stepping up and are doing a good job of doing what we ask them to do," Sparks said. "We're trying to build momentum because we've got two tough division games coming up."
The only scoring in the third quarter was a 7-yard run by Reives, who finished with 11 carries for 101 yards for the Wolverines.
"He runs hard and he's a 10th grader," Wilson said. "He comes from a long tradition and good stock of running backs. We've been blessed to have a lot of good running backs like that."
Liggins added 61 yards on six carries. McKee was 2-for-2 passing for 40 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
East Webster hosts Hamilton next Friday.
"We know we have a very tough challenge with Hamilton next week and Eupora the next," Wilson said. "The battle is on. It's time to really buckle up and get to work."