By R.J. Morgan
Special to the Journal
MABEN – Reggie O’Briant rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead East Webster to a 27-7 victory over Division 1-1A foe Smithville on Friday night in front of an estimated crowd of 2,000.
O’Briant’s first touchdown came on the final play of a scoreless first quarter, when the senior broke a 90-yard run.
“That was fun,” O’Briant said. “I knew coach would get me the ball in that situation, and my dad always told me to just run toward the orange cone.”
O’Briant had six touchdowns coming into the game, despite not having played hardly any in the second half of any game.
“This was really the first time Reggie played more than two quarters,” head coach Jimmy Carden said. “He’s a natural talent and a great tailback.”
The second quarter was more of the same, as East Webster (3-0, 3-0) scored on a 15-yard fumble recovery set up by a Blake Love interception.
Smithville (2-1, 2-1) never earned a first down during the second quarter, and the Wolverines’ offense capitalized. With about 7 minutes to go in the half, O’Briant scored on a run from 31 yards out.
Two drives later, starting from midfield, the Wolverines capped off a three-play drive with a touchdown pass from Johnthan Banks to wideout Taylor Williams.
Smithville’s offense showed life in the second half, but it was the Seminole defense that finally ended East Webster’s eleven-quarter scoreless streak with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Antwune Freeman recovered a fumbled handoff and ran it in 15 yards for the score. Prior to Freeman’s recovery, the Wolverines had outscored their opponents 148-0 this season.