East Webster High School Wolverines

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MABEN, Miss. (WCBI) — Expectations are always high going into every season at East Webster.

It wasn’t too long ago the Wolverines were playing for a State Championship, but getting to the Title means making the playoffs.

East Webster failed to do that last year for the first time in over a decade.

Aug 15 Hamilton home
Aug 22 Vardaman away
Aug 29 Noxapater home
Sept 5 Nettleton away
Sept 12 Houston home
Sept 19 Caledonia home
Sept 26 JZ George home
Oct 3 Okolona* home
Oct 10 Calhoun City* away
Oct 17 Bruce* away
Oct 24 Open
Oct 30 Eupora* away
*District games

This year, that’s the main focus for the Wolverines: returning to the postseason.

“Our expectation first and foremost is to make the playoffs,” head coach Doug Wilson said. “We were very disappointed falling short and not making the playoffs last year. It was a bitter pill to swallow to say home and watch other teams go ahead of us.”

“We didn’t get better every week last year,” senior Brock Flemings said. “This season we’re going to get better every week and we’re going to make the playoffs.”

That’s a guarantee from the entire East Webster football team. For the playoffs to happen this year, the Wolverines can’t afford to fade down the stretch.

East Webster started the season 6-0 last year but lost their last four. This year, that can’t happen and the Wolverines are going to make sure that it doesn’t.

“We just have to keep getting better in every quarter in the non division games,” Wilson said. “We know when we get to district play, we can’t make any mistakes. We have to take care of the ball and do all the fundamental things correct to win those games against teams like that.”

“We’re going to come out and get better every week,” Flemings said. “When division gets here, we’re going to come out and hit you in the face.”

Brock eluded to it in that last sentence: while East Webster may not appear to be an imposing team, their toughness and physicality makes them a difficult out when the ball gets kicked off every Friday night.

“We have a small team,” junior Malcomb Jones said. “But we work hard in the weight room and on the field. We’re going to come out on top this year.”

“This is probably the most competitive, coachable bunch I’ve been around,” coach Wilson said. “They’re mentally and physically tough. They don’t complain and that’s the kind of kid you want to be around and that’s the kind of kids we have at East Webster.”

The Wolverines will begin the season on the road at Vardaman before welcoming in Noxapater the following week.

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