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Bell, O'Briant propel East Webster past West Oktibbeha


Mario Gottuso, Special to The Dispatch



MABEN -- Timakis Bell had 66 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Demetrius Obriant added 16 yards with two touchdowns Friday night to help the East Webster High School football team defeat West Oktibbeha 40-0. 


East Webster''s defense sparked the victory. The Wolverines had four interceptions -- two by Miguel Graham and one each by Obriant, and Ryan Johnson. 


Brennan Sparks and Obriant also helped East Webster recover two fumbles to give it excellent field position. 


Obriant started the game with a 41-yard kick return, which led to a 1-yard explosive rush up the middle touchdown by Bell. 


The second quarter brought on more power running by Bell, who ran for a 31-yard touchdown. 


A sack by Austin Harrison that turned the ball over the Wolverines helped set up the score. 


Obriant added another touchdown that helped put the game out of reach early. The Wolverines closed the scoring with a safety by Graham. 


"I''m proud of our boys," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "These kids are being recruited by other schools to come play for them, but they choose to stay and play with their friends and it took everything I had to keep injured running back Quaderius Thompson out of the game." 


With the loss of Thompson the Timberwolves went to the air behind quarterback Lavontis Smith, who was 17-for-39 for 144 yards. He had long connections with Aaron Brownlee for 24 yards and Joshua Poe for 15 yards.  


Smith''s efforts were overmatched by East Webster''s defense, which pushed the Timberwolves to 0-2. 


"The kids played hard tonight and we are really going to look forward to next week and work hard in practice to execute on our offensive and defensive plays" said East Webster coach Jimmy Carden, whose team improved to 1-1. "It was a good win." 


Carden''s Wolverines will play host to Vardaman next week. 


West Oktibbeha has next Friday off. Lowrey said the Timberwolves will spend the time working on their running game. 


"If it''s up to Quaderius he will be on the field for our next game," Lowrey said.



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