Missed opportunities hamper Wolverines in jamboree


Steven Betts, left, listens to the instruction of his coach.

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DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

There were several instances during Friday night's jamboree against Aberdeen that the East Webster Wolverines had a chance to make positive plays.

A dropped pass or interception here, or a missed assignment there kept the Wolverines from making those plays against the visiting Bulldogs from Monroe County.

Aberdeen broke a 6-6 tie in the second of two varsity quarters with 16 unanswered points and defeated East Webster 22-6.

The result gave coach Ron Price something to show his Wolverines that they are not that far away from being a quality team.

"(Friday night) we were in a position to make a lot of plays," Price said. "When you go from good to great, you start making those plays. That's what we've got to keep stressing to our kids. We need to make those plays when they are given to us."

East Webster struck for its only touchdown of the scrimmage in the first quarter on a 40-yard pass play from junior quarterback Gray McCarter to Conner Shurden.

In the second quarter, Johnathan Moore of the Bulldogs intercepted McCarter and took it the distance for a score. Brandon Williams added the two-point conversion and Aberdeen went up 14-6 with 7 minutes left.
The Bulldogs added insurance with 10 seconds remaining with another touchdown and two-point conversion for the final margin.

"They have athletes at every position and you knew coming in it was going to be a big test for us," Price said of Aberdeen. "The ultimate goal is to be prepared for week one against Choctaw County. Aberdeen matches up athletically with Choctaw County."

Price said the jamboree gives the Wolverines a good idea of where they stand offensively and defensively going into next Friday's encounter with the Choctaw County Chargers.

There was some missed tackles defensively and missed execution offensively in Price's eyes, but he saw those as things that can be fixed.

With a young squad, Price is anxious to go back to work. The coaching staff evaluated the film Friday night and will start correcting mistakes on Sunday.

"The thing I want to see is us getting better every single day," Price said. "If our guys will keep working as hard as they are and keep a positive attitude.

"No damage done (Friday night). We got to hit against somebody else. We got to see what we've got. It's exciting. I really like our team. I like our kids and like our attitude. If they will keep doing the things we ask them to do, success will come to our football team."

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