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Campbell explodes for 6 TDs in 50-8 romp

    Winchester bounced back after its season opening loss to 1A #2 South Adams in a big way Friday night as the Golden Falcon football team over-powered visiting Knightstown 50-8 in a crucial Tri-Eastern Conference match-up.

    Led by the six touchdowns from Cole Campbell, along with a seventh score by Brayden Tippett, the Falcons soared past the Panthers to even their record at 1-1 on the season.

    “I’ve told you and you and I talk a lot, I told you I felt like we have a good football team.” expressed Winchester head coach Mike Jones,     

    “I just couldn’t be prouder of a group of kids. After really having a tough two weeks, for lots of reasons, to be able to have the sticktoitiveness and the toughness mentally to be connected to what we’re doing, execute a game plan and I mean defensively, holy cow did we play well tonight.

    And then the offense was good too. Let’s be honest, you put 50 points on the board you’re not going to be upset offensively. So I’m really, really happy for our kids.”

    Knightstown, the defending TEC co-champs and coming off a 21-0 season opening victory over Hagerstown, gave Winchester many opportunities throughout the game and the Falcons took advantage of them.

    After a great first punt by WC’s Joe Anderson pinned the Panthers inside their own 10, the defense set the table as WC linebacker Parker Sheets grabbed an interception and returned it to the Knightstown one. Two plays later Cole Campbell scored his first of six touchdowns, going behind the lead blocks of the left side, putting WC on the board with 8:19 showing in the opening period.

    A 50-yard drive on Winchester’s next possession would result in a second score, a three yard plunge by Campbell, at the 1:13 mark of the first stanza.

    The Falcons tacked on a third TD, this time coming from a nine yard up the middle by Tippett at the 8:30 mark of the second quarter, and the rout was on.

    The Falcons’ defense had been smothering, yielding a mere 12 yards of total offense to the Panthers in the first half while forcing a trio of turnovers.

    Knightstown appeared to be back on track with its opening drive of the third quarter as the Panthers marched 44 yards, using 17 plays to eat up over seven minutes on the clock. But the bend but not break defense of the Falcons stopped the threat with a fourth down tackle for a loss that gave the football back to WC on its own 37.

    The Panthers still had ideas of coming back and soon regained possession by blocking Winchester’s punt on its next series of downs.

    The Panthers were in prime territory standing at the WC 17 with 3:40 still to play in the third period. The thoughts of a comeback disappeared in an instance though as Campbell picked off another errant pass by Knightstown and promptly went the distance, going 85 yards to pay dirt.

    The Panthers finally got on the scoreboard when QB Chase Richmond connected with Mason Fields for a 25 yard touchdown completion at the 55.4 second mark of the third quarter. Winchester would add 20 more points in the fourth quarter as Campbell scored three more times. Campbell bulled in over the right side from one yard out at the 8:34 mark.

    After another interception, this one hauled in by WC’s Trenton Edwards that gave the Falcons the football at their own 34, Campbell would follow the lead block made by wide receiver Brooks Burelison and run to daylight for a 66 yard TD. Campbell capped off his big night with a 65 yard touchdown sprint that came with 2:57 left to play. Campbell also added eight points by being successful on four two-point conversion runs during the game.

    The Falcons will now take their 1-0 record in the Tri-Eastern Conference on the road to Northeastern this week. The Knights stand at 2-0 in the TEC.

    “A lot of good things but you know how I talk we’ve got to get better.” added Coach Jones in his postgame summary, “We’ve not beaten Northeastern on their field in my coaching career here and that’s where we go next. I get that I’m a football coach and I’m talking about the next game 15 minutes after this game ended but we’ve got goals here and our goals are not just to beat Knightstown.”   

Score By Quarters

Knightstown    0    0    8    0    8

Winchesterr     14    8    8    20    50

Team Statistics

    First Downs: KHS 9; WC 8

Yards Passing: KHS 12/27/95 yds; WC 3/9/51 yds

    Yards Rushing: KHS 32/62 yds; WC 33/233 yds

    Total Yards: KHS 157; WC 284

    Penalties: KHS 10/76.5 yds; WC 10/75 yds

    Punts: KHS 3/24 yd ave; WC 3/41.3 yd ave

    Turnovers: KHS 5 (2 fumbles, 3 INT); WC 2 (1 fumble, 1 blocked punt)

Individual Statistics

    Passing: KHS – Richmond 11/26/74/1 TD/3 INT, Fields 1/1/21; WC – Tippett3/9/51

    Rushing: KHS – Newby 11/52, Fields 12/14, Mason Muncy 1/2, Reagan 2/1, Richmond 6/-7; WC – Campbell 21/176/5 TD, Tippett 3/22/1 TD, Burelison 1/18, Orr 7/15, Messina 1/2

    Receiving: KHS – Max Muncy 8/37, Fields 3/25/1 TD, Brown 1/21, Mason Muncy 3/12; WC – Edwards 1/32, Burelison 1/13, Campbell 1/6

    Conversions: KHS – 2 point carry Newby (good); WC – 2 point carry Campbell (4 good, 2 stopped) 2 point pass Tippett to Campbell (stopped short)