In a battle of running teams Friday night in El Dorado, the Winfield Vikings prevailed, forcing multiple turnovers and scoring a safety in a 24-12 victory to end the regular season.
The Vikings went into the locker room down 12-7 . From there, the visiting team’s defense wrecked havoc, causing several fumbles and blocking a punt for a safety. Two rushing touchdown completed the Vikings’ domination to seal the game.
Winfield improved to 3-5 after losing five-straight games, most of the close. They travel to Independence for the first-round of the State playoffs.
“Beating a solid team on the road to end a series of tough losses really felt gratifying,” head coach Monty Lewis said. “We played well in all three phases. Our defense created turn-overs and our offense capitalized on those, and for the first time all season we did not turn the ball over.”
The two teams traded scores in a first half that was a grind, in an old school game that saw the the offenses combine for 400 yards rushing.
Viking quarterback Riley Yingling threw a 11-yard TD pass to Kody Brenn for the team’s first score to go ahead 7-6. Wildcat quarterback Gannon White took a 4-yard run into the end zone and the home team lead 12-7 at half, after both of its two-point conversations failed.
But the Wildcats would not score again. The half started with Winfield’s Jaydon Sundgren forcing a fumble recovered by Jackson Jellings deep in El Dorado territory.
Winfield’s workhorse running back Ar’mon Acosta took an option run 16 yards to the end zone to give the Vikings the lead. After nearly fumbling again, El Dorado had the punt blocked, and White had to boot the ball out of the end zone to prevent another Vikings touchdown, giving up a safety to make it 17-12.
In all, El Dorado had four turnovers in the half, and five for the game, and when Winfield’s Riley Yingling took the ball 7 yards to the end zone to put the Vikings up 12, El Dorado didn’t have time to get back into the game.
El Dorado fell to 3-5 on the season.
“We’re still trying to learn how to compete and win here, and we’ll go back to the drawing board and see who we’re blessed for another game with and give it our best,” Wildcat coach Wes Bell said, giving his thoughts on the second half. “We didn’t go away, it was kind of the injury bug and some non lucky bounces.”
The Vikings game at Independence starts at 7 p.m.
“Now we face Independence on the road, another solid football team,” Lewis said. “We challenged our football gamily to prepare well last week and take that prep to the game. We will have to do it again this week.”
Winfield 24, El Dorado 12
Winfield 7 0 10 7 — 24
El Dorado 6 6 0 0 — 12
E - 12-yard TD run by Jaydon Sundgren (run fail)
W - 11-yard TD pass from Riley Yingling to Kody Brenn (Austin Bryant kick)
E - 4-yard TD run by Gannon White (run fail)
W - 16-yard TD run by Ar'mon Acosta (pass good)
W - El Dorado punts out of end zone, safety
W - 8-yard TD run by Yingling (Bryant kick)
RUSHING: Winfield - Yingling 20-85; Acosta 12-63; Smith 6-20; Tate 2-6; Austin 1-4. TOTAL: 43-178. El Dorado - Sundgren 28-154; Rice 5-28; White 11-19; Cavallaro 1-11; Fowler 2-10. TOTAL: 47-222.
PASSING (C-A-TD-I YDS): Winfield - Yingling 4-7-1-0 55. El Dorado - White 2-5-0-0 17.
RECEIVING: Winfield - Chattam 1-24; Austin 2-20; Brenn 1-11. El Dorado - Baker 2-17.