Fort Gibson defeated Webster 48-38 Friday night. (Photo by Brittani Cunningham)
By Rebecca Mallard
The Webster football team suffered a 48-38 loss in a back-and-forth game Friday night at Fort Gibson.
Before the game, one of the Warriors’ senior captains, Robert Stegeman, said the Warriors did not beat Fort Gibson last year, but they got close — the final score was 24 to 20 — and this year, they hoped to take a win home.
At the beginning of the game, the Tigers kicked the ball, and #53 Andrew Friday caught it and scored the first touchdown in the first quarter.
On defense, with the coaches on the sideline cheering them on, the Warriors took Fort Gibson down with no problem, holding the Tigers back in the first quarter with a score of 6-0.
In the second quarter, the Warriors started off on offense. Junior Garrett Griffith tried to run a play down the middle, but it didn’t work out, so on the second down, the ball was snapped, and while the boys were covering the quarterback, #12 Zaqwaun Nelson made a run for the pass.
Griffith threw a perfect pass to Nelson, and the Warriors scored their second touchdown of the game.
The Warriors switched to defense, and the Tigers were pushing their way down to the first yard when they managed to score their first touchdown of the night.
The Warriors knew they had made some mistakes, so they were bringing their heads back together as the clock ticked.
Before they could turn it around, the Tigers scored another touchdown.
By halftime, the score was Warriors 12 and Tigers 26.
The game was not over yet. Down by two touchdowns, the Warriors started off on defense, and the Tigers made a touchdown on the first snap of the game.
Going back to offense, the Warriors snapped the ball, and Griffith threw it down the field to #4 Jakii Moore, one of the senior captains, who ran it all the way for a touchdown.
With the Warriors on defense, the Tigers scored again, but Moore answered with another touchdown for the Warriors.
After the game, Coach Don Gibson said the boys gave it 100 percent, but with five turnovers, the game wasn’t going to go so well.
He said the team could have fixed some problems by executing better.
Stegeman said the guys gave it their all and never quit. He said they played “decent” but had a lot of turnovers.
Next time, they could improve by not having any mental mistakes, Stegeman said.
Keaucha Wilson, water girl for the Warriors, said she has seen some good things in the team this year.
She said they are going to be really good this year as long as they keep their heads and play as hard as they did Friday.
Wilson said Gibson is pushing the boys hard to keep their grades up, and they have been doing well at staying eligible to play.
She said they definitely are making a change from last year.