By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Weir Lions traveled to Cumberland last Friday to take on the Class 2A East Webster Wolverines in a non-division match up.
Last season the Wolverines barely squeezed a 15-14 victory over the Lions.
This season the Lions were looking to take the edge and produce their second win of the season rather than suffering a heartbreaking 41-0 loss.
The first several minutes of the game looked promising for Weir even though their first possession proved to be unsuccessful. The Lion defense stacked up stops, but the Wolverine offense was relentless and with 7:31 on the clock in the first quarter East Webster entered the end zone taking a 7-0 lead.
Several minutes later, after a successful Wolverine field goal attempt, the first quarter ended with East Webster ahead 10-0.
In the second quarter the Wolverine offense exploded adding 21 points to the scoreboard. Even though the Lion defense put in a strong effort to prevent the Wolverines from scoring, the East Webster ground attack could not be contained. At half time East Webster had a 31-0 lead over the Lions.
The Lions made efforts to move the ball during the game. Darius Brown returned six kickoffs gaining 132 yards for the Lions during the game, while Danny Woodard returned one giving the Lions a 17 yard gain and Jermy Miller returned one with a 12 yard gain for Weir.
However, their efforts were halted by the Wolverine defense. East Webster did not allow a first down in the first half of the game. The only first down for Weir came late in the fourth quarter due to a personal foul penalty against the Wolverines. In addition, East Webster did not allow Weir to cross the 50-yard line during the entire game.
East Webster acquired another three points in the third quarter due to another successful field goal attempt and reached the end zone for the final time during the game in fourth quarter adding another seven points to their led.
The Wolverines defense stopped quarterback Tyler Henson from completing any passes during the game.
This week the Lions hope to gain a win after back-to-back losses as they host the Noxapater Tigers.
Last season the Lions traveled to Noxapater and come home with 34-10 loss. This Friday night Weir gears up for a different outcome.
The Tigers are 1-2 this season and recently gained their first win last week defeating Kemper County, 19-0.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Weir.