Timely offense, suffocating defense continue to be Vikings’ calling card

Winfield High School senior tight end Jake Kaufman looks the ball into his arms while being closely guarded by Augusta defensive back Kaden McDaniel on a 21-yard touchdown pass by quarterback KC Crandall with 1:43 remaining in the first half Friday at Richard L. Jantz Stadium. The Vikings took a 12-0 halftime lead.

For the third game in a row, the Winfield High School football team held an opponent to seven or fewer points.

The Vikings took a shutout into the final minute of play Friday night in a 25-7 victory against Augusta at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.

Winfield piled up 411 yards of total offense while holding the visiting Orioles to 190 as the defense continues to solidify itself in the AV-CTL D-III.

The first big stop came on fourth-and-1 at the Winfield 35-yard line when Ty Bonesteel and Steele Morin stood up Augusta quarterback Ryan Andrews for no gain midway through the first quarter.

Augusta held the Vikings (4-1, 2-1 AV-CTL D-III) on fourth down, but the defense forced the Orioles into a three-and-out. Winfield then went on a 15-play, 96-yard drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Ar’mon Acosta with 4:24 left in the first half. Another three-and-out by the Orioles (2-3, 1-3) gave the Vikings the ball at their own 25.

Aided by a 15-yard targeting penalty for leading with the helmet on a 13-yard pass from KC Crandall to Trent Beckwith, the Vikings made it 12-0 one play later when Crandall found Jake Kaufman on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:43 before halftime.

Beckwith set up the Vikings with good field position out of the break, returning the kickoff 24 yards to near midfield. Nolan Foust broke free for a 17-yard gain on first down, and Crandall found Kaufman for a 26-yard pass to the Augusta 1-yard-line. Foust carried it in for a touchdown and an 18-point lead.

Winfield made it 25-0 on the fourth play of the fourth quarter on a 3-yard TD run by Foust, who finished with 93 yards on 15 carries.

Crandall completed 9 of 15 passes for 177 yards, with no interceptions.

The Orioles spoiled the shutout with a 3-yard keeper by Andrews with one minute remaining.

Winfield forced one turnover and Kaufman twice sacked Augusta quarterbacks on defense and caught three passes for 67 yards on the other side of the ball.

Andrews finished with 73 yards on 18 carries for the Orioles (2-3, 1-3), but was just 3-of-5 passing for 54 yards.

The Vikings play this Friday at El Dorado. The Wildcats (2-3, 0-3) were stunned 25-21 on Friday at previously-winless Towanda-Circle.

 

Statistics provided by Matt Shelton.

 

Winfield 25, Augusta 7

Augusta0007—7

Winfield01267—25

 

Second Quarter

W — Ar’mon Acosta 5 run (kick failed), 4:24.

W — Jake Kaufman 21 pass from KC Crandall (pass failed), 1:43.

Third Quarter

W — Nolan Foust 1 run (run failed), 8:26.

Fourth Quarter

W — Foust 3 run (Austin Bryant kick), 10:03.

A — Ryan Andrews 3 run (Tyler Kohls kick), 1:00.

 

TEAM STATISTICS

AHSWHS

First Downs1123

  by Run714

  by Pass37

  by Penalty12

3rd Down Conv6-133-7

4th Down Conv2-33-7

Rush Att-Yards41-12641-234

Passing Yards64177

Pass Comp-Att-Int4-10-19-15-0

Sacked-Yards Lost2-40-0

Fumbles-Lost0-01-1

Kick Ret-Yards4-792-25

Punt Ret-Yards1-71-14

Punts No-Avg Yards4-38.81-38.0

Penalties-Yards5-359-80

Time of Possession22:4124:19

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Augusta, Ryan Andrews 18-73, Hunter Anderson 19-47, Holt Williams 2-8, Duke Lichlyter 2-(minus 2). Winfield, Nolan Foust 15-93, KC Crandall 8-53, Trevin Biddle 4-33, Ar’mon Acosta 7-24, Steele Morin 4-19, Gabe Heger 3-12.

PASSING — Augusta, Ryan Andrews 3-5-0 54, Hunter Anderson 1-5-1 10. Winfield, KC Crandall 9-15-0 177.

RECEIVING — Augusta, Xavier Roberts 2-33, Ely Wilcox 2-31. Winfield, Jake Kaufman 3-67, Aidan Harper 2-38, Braden Ledford 2-33, Trevin Biddle 1-26, Trent Beckwith 1-13.

MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.

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