A solid defense in the second half last weekend against Arkansas City in the Cowley Cup game provided the Winfield High School football team some positivity heading into Friday night’s home opener against Labette County.
The young Vikings continued that solid “D” with a 14-12 victory against the Cardinals.
The difference in the game came down to special teams.
The Grizzlies (0-2) were seeking to take the lead after Trent Brock’s 3-yard touchdown run with 5:01 left in the first half. However, quarterback Kooper Peak’s 2-point pass attempt to Brock was broken up, leaving the Vikings (1-1) with a 7-6 halftime lead.
The two teams mirrored that output in the third quarter.
A pair of 15-yard penalties against Labette County put the ball on the LCHS 13-yard line, and Winfield quarterback Riley Yingling took it in from there for his second touchdown run of the game. The Grizzlies were called for pass interference, then assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct flag to set up the touchdown.
The Grizzlies took the ensuing kickoff on an 11-play drive capped by Brock’s 1-yard TD run. That play was set up by a five-yard offsides penalty against Winfield on fourth-and-3. Again, Peak’s 2-point pass attempt was thwarted by the Winfield defense.
The Vikings opened the scoring on their first drive of the game, a six-play, 49-yard drive capped by Yingling’s 5-yard touchdown keeper.
Austin Bryant connected on both extra points to spell the difference.
The Vikings were held to just 154 total yards, 45 through the air. Labette County, in stark contrast, amassed 286 yards of offense, 199 coming on the ground.
Yingling was 5-of-7 passing for 45 yards, and added 56 yards and the two scores on 16 totes. Tailback Ar’mon Acosta finished with 54 yards on 13 tries.
Brock amassed 190 yards on a workhorse 39 carries. Peak was 12-of-19 passing for 87 yards, with one interception. The Grizzlies committed two turnovers.
The Vikings head out on the road this Friday at Buhler. The Crusaders (0-1) were set to play Friday at home against Andover Central, but that game was canceled when an Andover Central player apparently tested positive for COVID-19.
Statistics provided by Matt Shelton.
Winfield 14, Labette County 12
Win — Riley Yingling 5 run (Austin Bryant kick), 6:01.
LC — Trent Brock 3 run (pass failed), 5:01.
Win — Yingling 13 run (Bryant kick), 5:21.
LC — Brock 1 run (pass failed), 1:22.
3rd Down Conv5-154-14
4th Down Conv4-90-0
Punts No-Avg Yards1-20.05-34.4
Time of Poss25:4922:11
RUSHING — Labette County, Trent Brock 39-190, Tray Vinson 8-27, Noah Yeoman 1-5, team 5-(minus 23). Winfield, Riley Yingling 16-56, Ar’mon Acosta 13-54, Trevin Biddle 1-0, Gabe Heger 1-(minus 1).
PASSING — Labette County, Kooper Peak 12-19-1 87. Winfield, Riley Yingling 5-7-1 45.
RECEIVING — Labette County, Derek Jones 7-46, Andrew Jameson 3-37, Tray Vinson 1-5, Noah Yeoman 1-(minus 1). Winfield, Lance Austin 1-32, Braden Ledford 1-7, Aidan Harper 1-4, Trevin Biddle 1-3, Ar’mon Acosta 1-(minus 1).
MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.