WINFIELD – Perhaps Winfield’s players looked at the front of their jerseys on Friday night at Generals Stadium for motivation.
The word WINFIELD is spelled out in big letters.
Maybe, just maybe, the green clad Generals decided to split the word into two and said, “Let’s WIN on our FIELD.”
Whatever was discussed at halftime, it worked. The Generals came out of the locker room staring at a 20-13 deficit against Ripley but soon got things evened up and went on for an impressive 49-20 victory.
The win sent the Generals to 2-1 on the season while the Vikings fell to 0-3 in the 2013 campaign.
Helping to Turn the game around Friday night was Winfield’s senior back Chris Turner, who scored four of his six touchdowns in the second half.
Turner had TD runs of 14, 14, 4 and 75 yards in the final two quarters. He scored on a 4-yard run and a 15-yard scamper in the first half.
Jacob Lewis scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter for Winfield’s other score. The Generals produced 15 points in the third and 21 more in the fourth.
Turner finished the game with 146 yards on 11 carries and also completed a pass for 16 yards. Ethan Copeland rushed for 128 on 18 while Lewis was called upon 11 times and produced 87 yards. Also, quarterback Toby Show, who threw for 86, got into the running act with 79 on seven totes. In all, Winfield amassed 427 yards rushing and 102 passing.
Missed tackles hurt the Vikings cause Friday night.
“Honestly, we’re getting hands on them at the line of scrimmage,” said first-year head coach David Tennant. “We are just not wrapping up.”
After Turner punched in his first TD of the night to give Winfield a lead of 7-0 at the 8:33 mark, Ripley answered with a minute to go in the opening quarter on a 6-yard run by junior quarterback Trevor Tucker. The extra point was no good to leave Ripley trailing after one at 7-6.
Turner put Winfield up again on his 15-yarder in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Trailing 13-6, the Vikings evening things when Tucker hit Kade Harrison from 18 yards out at the 7:01 mark. Easton Berry added the point after.
Ripley then took its first, and subsequently only, lead of the game at the 3:23 mark of the second. Pinned back at the 10-yard line, Tucker fired a pass to Cody Harris who then outraced the defenders to the end zone for a 90-yard TD. Berry’s extra point gave the Vikings their 20-13 halftime advantage.
“We went in at halftime and said, ‘Let’s finish this unlike we did against (Parkersburg) South (in the season opener),” said Tennant. Ripley led the Patriots 19-7 but ultimately lost 47-35. “We just came out in the second half flat.”
Page 2 of 2 - Tucker completed 12-of-22 passes in the game for 206 yards and the two touchdowns. He did suffer two interceptions and was sacked twice. Tucker also rushed for 106 yards on 24 carries. Harrison was his primary target on the night, snagging seven passes for 94 yards. Harris had two catches, while Ryan Stutler, Alex Hambrick and Brandon Tolley each caught a pass.
Hambrick rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries for Ripley. Chance Ranson gained five yards on one carry. Ranson also completed one pass in two attempts for five yards. Stutler had two returns for 36 yards.
“We had some big plays. It’s clear we have some good ball players,” said Tennant.
On the defensive side of the ball, Harrison led the way with 14 tackles and an interception. “He played well on both sides of the ball,” Tennant said of his senior receiver/safety. “Kade is a definite gamer.”
Harris collected nine tackles. Stutler and Nathan Tucker came up with seven stops each. Brandon Tolley and Austin Hall each had five tackles on the night. Anthony Jarvis was in on four stops while Hambrick, Zach DeFrank, Derek Hartley, Jordan Ramsey, D.J. Cummings and Logan Buckalew all registered three. Drew Harpold had two while Bradley Knotts and Caleb Jennings had one each.
Jennings averaged 49.2 yards on four kickoffs and 36.5 on two punts.
Ripley will play its second home game of the season Friday night, hosting the Spring Valley Timberwolves at Memorial Stadium. The kickoff is slate for 7:30.