For a half at least, the Winfield High School football team put a scare into Class 3A No. 2-ranked Perry-Lecompton on a chilly Friday night at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
At least a startle, anyway.
Had it not been for a few key mistakes, Winfield’s 41-13 loss to the visiting Kaws might have looked better on the scoreboard.
The first mistake happened on the very first kickoff, when Caidon Quinlan returned it 83 yards for a touchdown just 13 seconds into the game.
Thad Metcalfe added a 2-yard quarterback keeper for another score, capping a nine-play drive after the Vikings (1-4) went three-and-out on their first possession, giving Perry-Lecompton a 13-0 lead 5:03 into the game.
The Vikings managed one first down on their next possession, but had to punt again. Just 41 seconds later, Metcalfe found Hunter Hess wide open across the middle and Hess did the rest, finishing a 58-yard touchdown pass for a 19-0 lead.
Winfield quarterback Riley Yingling hit Aidan Harper on a wide-open pass for a 14-yard touchdown to put the Vikings on the board. But the Kaws answered with another big play, this time a 38-yard TD pass to Benjamin Stone.
Yingling scored on a 9-yard run to cut Winfield’s deficit to 27-13 at halftime.
The Vikings were closing in on making it a one-score game, with Harper taking an end-around on a beautiful fake handoff 26 yards to set Winfield up near midfield. However, the ensuing snap was fumbled, and although Yingling pounced on it, the Vikings lost five yards on the play. Yingling was sacked on the very next play and the Vikings eventually were forced to punt.
The Kaws (5-0) quickly cashed in on a 20-yard touchdown run by Reichen Rush and Winfield never seriously threatened again.
For complete coverage of WHS sports, see Tuesday’s CourierTraveler.