By Derek Trimm
WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates’ senior football players finished their regular season on a high note as they pounded the Lamar County Bulldogs 64-7 on Thursday, Nov. 2 in Winfield.
The win improved the Pirates to 9-1 on the season, and now they turn their attention to the Class 3A State Playoffs next week.
Winfield scored on every possession as the Pirates took control early and never let up en route to the win. Winfield never had a fourth down play in the game and was 3-for-3 on third down conversions on the night.
The Pirates rolled up 551 yards of total offense with 344 rushing yards and 207 passing yards.
Keylan Hughes eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season in the game rushing for 123 yards on 10 carries and scoring 2 touchdowns. Braxton Tilley ran 7 times for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jamykal Hackman ran 5 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. Declyn Morgan ran 9 times for 58 yards and a score. Brodie Graham ran twice for 7 yards, and Blaine Bowen ran once for 5 yards.
Quarterback Brady May completed all 9 of his passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. Morgan completed his only pass for 6 yards.
D’Angelo Bankhead led the receivers with 5 receptions for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. Preston Nelson had 2 catches for 24 yards. Hayden Ballard caught one pass for 17 yards and Blake Ballard caught one for 12 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Hayden Ballard and Bowen each had an interception.
Winfield received the opening kickoff and began their initial drive of the game at their own 34-yard line.
The Pirates lost yardage on first down but picked up one on second down to give them a third-and-14 at the Winfield 30, and then May connected with Bankhead with a deep pass for a 70-yard touchdown catch.
Jacob Barnes added the extra point to put the Pirates up 7-0.
After the Pirates’ defense held the Bulldogs, Winfield took over at its own 38-yard line. Winfield needed only 5 plays to reach the end zone again as Hughes finished the 62-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Barnes’ extra point pushed the lead to 14-0 still in the first quarter.
Winfield’s Morgan forced a Lamar County fumble on the next drive, Blake Ballard recovered and the Pirates took possession at the Lamar County 31-yard line.
After a penalty pushed the Pirates back to the Bulldogs' 40-yard line, May passed to Bankhead again, making a catch between two defenders in the end zone for a touchdown.
Barnes’ extra point was good to move the lead to 21-0.
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