#HSFT20 – Stop #42 East Webster Wolverines

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Sept 4 Vardaman Away
Sept 11 Choctaw Co. Away
Sept 18 East Union Home
Sept 25 Union Away
Oct 2 Calhoun City* Home
Oct 9 J.Z. George* Away
Oct 16 Open
Oct 23 Eupora Home
Oct 30 Bruce Home
*District games


MABEN, Miss. (WCBI) — “We’re never going to be the fastest,” head coach Ron Price explained. “We’re never going to be the biggest. We may not be the strongest, but I know those 11 kids that step on the field with the ‘EW’ on their helmet every Friday night will give us and the community everything they have for 48 minutes.”

That’s what East Webster football is all about. The Wolverines carry that mentality into 2020 as they return from an 11 win season. Despite last year’s success, head coach Ron Price and his squad aren’t satisfied.

“There were several things that we did not accomplish,” Price said. “We did not win the division title. We did not win the north half championship game. We did not play for a state championship. Those are goals that are very achievable for this group of kids. Are you willing to put forth the work to get to where we want to be?

“At practice, when we get out there, we know we got to work everyday,” senior offensive and defensive lineman Connor Chrismond. “We go out there and strap it up. Work and work and work. Push each other. Not only ourselves but each other to get better too.”

The Wolverines are replacing three offensive linemen from their dominant rushing attack but feel confident in the guys stepping up.

“Up to this point, they’ve done everything we’ve asked,” Price said. “Once we get the pads on and start finding out who can get the job done once the bullets start firing that will tell us a lot about who will secure those three spots on our offensive line.”

East Webster should have a dynamic offense with starting running back Tyrik Pittman and quarterback Steven Betts returning. Betts development as a passer will be key for the Wolverines.

“Steven is going to have a big target on his back coming into this season,” Price explained. “A lot of folks last year didn’t know who he was. This year, there’s no doubts who Steven Betts is. He does a tremendous job of running the football. We got to develop our passing game so that we put more pressure on the defense Friday night.”

“Stay out here,” senior quarterback Steven Betts said. “Throw seven on sevon. Get better at throwing because everyone knows what I can do running the ball. I just need to work on passing.”

“I think our guys have a great relationship with him,” senior defensive lineman Cam Jennings said. “We try to stay as a brotherhood. With him coming back, it means a lot to the team.”

The team is making sure everyone is locked in and giving it their all so that they can continue to improve.

“We try to hold each other accountable,” Jennings said. “The coaches stay on us about holding each other accountable. We’re all trying to stay leaders. We don’t want just one leader. We want the team to be example in leading us.”

“The seniors just want to be better,” Betts said. “The whole team wants to be better than what we were last year, and maybe look forward to winning a state title.

East Webster starts the season at Vardaman September 4th.

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