The Golden Falcons extended their winning streak to four in a row Friday night as the defense shut-out Hagerstown 24-0 and with the victory Winchester stays in a tie for the Tri-Eastern Conference title race now standing at 5-1 in league play.
Once again it was senior Cole Campbell leading the Falcons’ attack, rushing of over 200 yards while scoring a pair of touchdowns. Campbell got the Falcons off to a flying start, taking the second Winchester offensive snap and running away from the Tigers in route to a 41 yard score with 8:23 showing in the opening quarter.
WC sophomore QB Brayden Tippett tacked on two more with the conversion run to give the Falcons an 8-0 lead which would be enough thanks to the defensive effort given by Winchester.
Campbell would add another score midway in the second quarter on a 14 yard TD sprint at the 5:19 mark, with Tippett adding another conversion run, while the final touchdown of the game would belong to Tippett as he broke free for a 25 yard score with 5:34 left to play with this time Campbell adding the conversion run.
“Our defense played so well tonight that we were able to get away with not maybe being the best on the offensive side of the ball,” remarked Winchester head coach Mike Jones. “It was a battle, but I think it was a real testament to how well we played on defense tonight. I thought our defense was the difference in this game. I never felt like offensively they threatened us greatly. And we did enough offensively to get enough points to win the game so you’re never upset with a win but there’s clearly lots of work we can do.”
The numbers back up what Coach Jones said about the defense as the Tigers never got to the “red zone” with their deepest drive advancing to the Winchester 24 yard line before stalling out. And of the 49 offensive plays ran by Hagerstown, only one was considered big, a 41 yard run by Camden Rhoades that occurred on the Tigers first possession of the fourth quarter. But even that run, that placed the football on the WC 36, could not spark a drive as the Tigers gave the football back to WC after four ensuing plays resulted in three total yards. Except for Rhoades’ 41 yard sprint, the rest of the game Hagerstown amassed 20 yards rushing on 29 carries while adding 43 yards in the air as junior QB Noah Snodgrass was under pressure all game, completing just nine of 19 passes while scrambling 11 times for minus 23 yards. Winchester sacked the Tigers’ QB four times in the game.
Despite a lack of offense, the Hagerstown defense gave a respectable effort.
“I think we’re going to get everybody’s best shot from here on out.” answered Jones, “Big win in the conference.”
Hagerstown drops to 2-5 on the season with the loss, slipping to 2-4 in the TEC.
Winchester improves to 5-2 on the season and with the victory head coach Mike Jones earned career win number 50. The Falcons will look to keep their momentum this week as they host Cambridge City Lincoln for Senior Night.
Score by Qts
HHS: 0-0-0-0 (0)
WC: 8-8-0-8 (24)
First Downs: HHS 6; WC 10
Yards Passing: HHS 9/19/43 yds; WC 2/8/9 yds
Yards Rushing: HHS 30/61 yds; WC 43/284 yds
Total Yards: HHS 104 yds; WC 293 yds
Penalties: HHS 6/50 yds; WC 6/50 yds
Punts: HHS 4/23 yd ave; WC 2/42 yd ave
Turnovers: HHS 0; WC 2 (INTS)
Passing: HHS- Snodgrass 9/19/43 yds; WC – Tippett 2/8/9/2 INT
Rushing: HHS – Rhoades 4/58, M. Romack 10/14, C. Romack 3/8, McMillan 1/3, Houck 1/1, Snodgrass 11/-23; WC – Campbell 28/202/2 TD, Tippett 10/51/1 TD, Orr 5/31
Receiving: HHS – Alexander 1/14, Himelick 2/13, M. Romack 1/10, Morris 1/4, C. Rhoades 1/4, C. Romack 1/2, Good 1/2, McMillan 1/-6; WC – Campbell 1/8, Orr 1/1