Wildcats Come Up Inches Short At East Webster

east_webster.jpgCalhoun City took number one ranked East Webster to the limit last Friday night, coming up inches short of victory.


east_webster.jpgBy JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun City took number one ranked East Webster to the limit last Friday night, coming up inches short of victory.
Wildcat WR Brandon Lawrence made a diving, over the shoulder catch of a pass from J.R. Jennings in the corner of the end zone with just over three minutes to play to cut the East Webster lead to 22-21. Calhoun City Coach Mike Ray decided to go for the win right then.
“I thought they would have the advantage if we went to overtime so I decided to go for the lead right then,” Ray said.
Jennings hit Lawrence on a quick pass into the flat, but Lawrence was met by two Wolverines. Despite a spinning effort to break free and reach the goal line, Lawrence came up inches short to preserve the one-point win for the Wolverines.
“Our kids played really hard,” Ray said. “They did just what was asked of them. This was the most we’ve got out of this bunch and we need to build off this.”
East Webster more than doubled the Wildcats in total offense, but Calhoun City kept the game even throughout with strong special teams.
“Justin Floyd was outstanding punting the football,” Ray said. “We made them drive the length of the field all night.”
East Webster scored first on a 3-yard run by Reggie OBriant. The Wildcats answered with a trick play – a 30-yard pass from Demarius Howard back to QB J.R Jennings. Jennings hit Lawrence for the 2-point conversion and an 8-7 lead.
East Webster QB Johnathan Banks put the Wolverines back in front with a 10-yard touchdown run. Christopher Gordon added the extra point for a 14-8 score.
Lawrence then scored on a 27-yard pass from Jennings. Colby Hamilton added the extra point to put ‘City up 15-14.
The Wolverines regained the lead on a 45-yard scoring from by OBriant. Banks ran in for the 2-point conversion and a 22-15 advantage.
Jennings finished with 137 yards passing, completing 11 of 14. Lawrence had seven receptions for 87 yards. He rushed nine times for 33 yards. He also led in tackles on defense with 13.
Rokedrick Mays contributed a blocked punt for the Wildcats.
“East Webster is a really good football team,” Ray said. Their defense is as good as I’ve seen in a long time.”
“We had a great opportunity,” Ray said. “We came up just a little short.”
“We’ll need that same effort this week against an athletic West Lowndes team.”
Kickoff this week returns to 7 p.m.

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