By Derek Trimm
OAKMAN - The Winfield offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Pirates tallied up 54 points and over 400 total yards to pound the Oakman Wildcats 54-14 in a Class 3A, Region 6 game on Friday, Sep. 10, in Oakman.
Pirates’ quarterback Aidan Quinn passed for a career-high 290 yards, and four touchdowns to help Winfield improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Class 3A, Region 6.
After starting off slow the Pirates offense found its footing as the first quarter was coming to a close and reeled off consecutive scoring drives to race out to a 21-0 lead.
Winfield head coach David McKinney was happy with the win and still looks to improve his team as the season progresses.
“The coaches did a great job offensively and defensively,” Said McKinney. “They had our kids prepared and they came out and executed. We are tickled to death to get the win.”
“We set the tone early, our guys up front and our skill guys did a great job blocking, and our quarterback made some good decisions tonight,” McKinney said. “Our receivers had a great night and we knew we could give people headaches with our personnel if we stay healthy.”
“We can still get better and work on ourselves and keep improving as each week goes by,” McKinney said.
Both teams traded possessions to start the first quarter, but an interception by Ja’borri McGhee giving the Pirates possession at its own 45-yard line.
After an offsides penalty against Oakman, Joseph Cox found running room up the middle and burst through for 13 yards to the Oakman 37. A false start moved the Pirates back to the 42, and then Quinn found D’Angelo Bankhead wide open over the middle of the field for a 42-yard touchdown pass.
Brooks Smith added the extra point and Winfield drew first blood leading 7-0 with 47 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Pirates defense held the Wildcats on the ensuing possession as Smith sacked the Oakman quarterback, and on the next play, Jordan Mastin intercepted a pass to set up the Pirates at the Wildcats’ 46-yard line.
Quinn passed to Davis Bowen for 41 yards to the Oakman five, and then Cox bulled his way into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown run.
Smith added the extra point to push the Pirate's lead to 14-0 with 11:31 left in the second quarter.
The Pirates forced another punt by the Wildcats on the next drive and took over at their own 48-yard line.
Winfield needed only six plays to reach the end zone as Quinn threw a fade route to McGhee in the back corner of the end zone, as McGhee went up and over three defenders to come down with the 12-yard touchdown catch.
Smith’s extra point was good, and Winfield’s lead grew to 21-0 with 7:01 left in the first half.
Oakman got on the scoreboard on the ensuing drive as Kaedyn Marchbanks had a 4-yard touchdown run. Sean Douglas added the extra point to make the score 21-7 in favor of Winfield with 4:34 left in the first half.
Later in the second quarter, Quinn threw a screen pass to McGhee who ran over one defender and spun around another and dove into the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown catch.
Smith added the extra point to push the lead to 28-7 with 35 seconds left in the first half.
Oakman started the second half with the ball. Drew Cook sacked the quarterback to force a turnover-on-downs at the Oakman 40.
Facing a third-and-15 at the Oakman 45, Quinn connected with Bankhead again for 39 yards to the Oakman six-yard line. Following a personal foul penalty, the Pirates were moved back to the 21-yard line, when Cox found running room again and raced into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. The Wildcats struck back on the ensuing kickoff as Marchbanks returned the kick 96-yards for a touchdown. Douglas’ extra point was good to cut the Winfield lead to 35-14 with 5:33 to go in the third quarter. The Pirates answered on the next drive as Quinn passed to Bankhead line again for 31 yards down to the Oakman 29. Quinn, then hit Bowen on another pass down the Winfield sideline for 17 more yards to the Oakman 12.
Cook Picked four yards on first down, and then took it the rest of the way on second down for an eight-yard touchdown run.
Smith’s extra point was good and Winfield extended its lead to 42-14 with 2:29 left in the third quarter.
Bowen intercepted the Wildcats quarterback on the ensuing drive to set up the Pirates at the Oakman 22, and with a dead ball unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Wildcats moved the Pirates to the 11-yard line.
Facing a third-and-15 at the 16-yard line, Quinn passed to Mastin for nine yards to the seven and an offsides penalty moved the Pirates to the two.
Cook came in and took the direct snap and plunged into the end zone on a two-yard run.
Smith’s extra point missed its mark but the Pirates lead grew to 48-14 with 11:56 left in the game. The Pirates added one more score late in the game as Quinn passed to Andrew Wallace who raced into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown scoring catch.
Smith’s extra point sailed wide left but the Pirates solidified its lead to 54-14 with only 5:59 remaining in the game.
Winfield finished the game with 424 yards, with 290 passing and 134 rushing yards.
To go with Quinn’s 14-for-21 for 290-yard passing night and four touchdowns, Cox ran 18 times for 110 yards and two scores. Cook added seven rushes for 18 and two touchdowns.
Bankhead led the receivers with five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Bowen caught two passes for 58 yards. McGhee reeled in two catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Wallace caught two for 45 yards and a touchdown. Defensively Cook, Smith, and Levi Gilbert each had a quarterback sack. McGhee, Mastin, and Bowen each had an interception.
Winfield (4-0, 2-0 Class 3A, Region 6) will host the Susan Moore Bulldogs (3-0, 2-0 Class 3A, Region 6) on Friday, Sep. 17, at Estes Hudson Stadium in Winfield.
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