Local dad will be cheering for sons at state final games


TRI-CITY AREA — On Saturday, the anticipation surrounding the football state finals will be doubled for Dryden’s Richard Webster. That’s because he has two sons from two teams in two games to root for at Ford Field—junior Corey Webster will run onto the field with his Almont teammates in the Division Five contest and Collin Webster, a senior at Davison High School, will be on the big stage too when the Cardinals battle it out for the Division 1 title.
“I’m super proud,” Richard said.
“I’m nervous and excited for both of them. It feels surreal to be in this situation. I never thought it could end up like this.”
Davison’s game starts at 1 p.m. and Almont’s contest starts immediately after at 4:30 p.m.
“We’ll have friends, family and a little bit of everybody in the stands,” Richard said.
During the regular season, the boys’ game schedules meshed well in that Richard was able to attend just about every home game for each son but bouncing back and forth between playoff contests was more of a challenge. This past Saturday, he was at Davison’s nail-biter of a game against Sterling Heights Stevenson to cheer on Collin in what could have been the last game of his high school career. The game went into overtime and the Cardinals came away with a 34-27 win.
“I know I got a few more gray hairs from watching that game,” Richard said with a laugh.
In the meantime, Corey’s Raiders team advanced to the state finals after defeating Detroit Denby 36-8.
Football has always played a part in the Webster family. Richard said both Corey and Collin started their careers in little league programs and Richard himself played in high school, college and even spent some time on a semi-professional team.
Besides seeing his sons play, Richard said it’s been fun seeing both teams find success on the field.
“There are great kids on those teams and it’s been great to see a lot of them grow up over the years.”