Pirates drop heartbreaker to Hayden in replacement game

Drew Cook (21) carries the ball up the field for the Pirates during their game against Hayden High School Also shown is Winfield’s Seth Kemble (4).

HAYDEN - The Winfield Pirates were all set to take on the Carbon Hill Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 23, but due to Covid-19 the Bulldogs had to forfeit the game to Winfield giving the Pirates their ninth win on the season and a perfect 7-0 in Class 3A, Region 6.
Winfield was able to pick up a replacement game with the Hayden Wildcats, that would not count on either teams' record, but would give both teams one extra tune-up game before the playoffs begin on Nov. 6. The Class 5A Wildcats jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Pirates fought back, and eventually pulled within one.
Later, the Pirates fumbled on a possible game tying score with less than a minute to play and fell to Hayden 35-27.
Hayden received the opening kickoff and on their first play from scrimmage Winfield's Seth Kemble was able to intercept a pass to get a turnover for the Pirates to set them up at their own 26.


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