By Derek Trimm
WINFIELD — A steady running attack and timely defense was the winning combination as the Winfield Pirates defeated the Fayette County Tigers 28-24 on Friday, Oct. 20, in a Class 3A, Region 5 game in Winfield.
Winfield scored on four of its six offensive possessions, and the defense held strong late to keep the Tigers out of the end zone ending a go-ahead scoring attempt by the Tigers in the final two minutes.
The Pirates’ offense pounded the Tigers in the running game, grinding out 255 yards and passing for 47 yards, 302 total, to pick up the region victory.
Keylan Hughes led the rushing attack picking up 148 yards on 13 carries and scoring 1 touchdown. Morgan ran 14 times for 91 yards and had two touchdowns.
Brady May completed 5-of-6 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Sean Wyers led the receivers with 28 yards on one catch and a touchdown.
Winfield received the opening kickoff and set up at their own 33-yard line.
After a short pass from May to D’Angelo Bankhead for 2 yards, Hughes found a crease and ran for 19 yards to the Tigers’ 46-yard line.
Later in the drive, Winfield’s Morgan covered the final 29 yards on the next 6 plays and capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Jacob Barnes booted the extra point through the uprights to give Winfield a 7-0 lead.
Fayette County’s first drive saw the Tigers march 49 yards in 11 plays all the way down to the Pirates’ 7-yard line before the Pirates’ defense held the Tigers’ on fourth-and-three, forcing a turnover on downs.
Winfield needed only 5 plays to cash in the ensuing drive. May picked up 4 yards on first down, and then Hughes ran through the Tigers’ defense for 44 yards, setting up Winfield at the Tigers’ 45.
May passed to Preston Nelson for 6 yards, and then Hughes ran for 37 more yards to the Tigers’ 2-yard line. Hughes finished off the drive with a 2-yard scoring run.
The 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete, but the Pirates’ lead grew to 13-0.
Fayette County got on the scoreboard in the second quarter as the Tigers covered 71 yards in 11 plays with Dylan Schloerb finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Isaiah Stowe added the extra point, and the Tigers cut the lead to 13-7.
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