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Turnovers and mistakes on special teams plagued Winchester in its Tri-Eastern Conference match up at Centerville this past Friday night as the Falcons fell 35-7 to their TEC rival Bulldogs. 

Combine Winchester errors with the fact that Centerville is solid resulted in a lopsided score. 

The overall yardage was close with Centerville only out-gaining Winchester 234 yards to 193 yards, but it was five Winchester miscues that made the difference as the Bulldogs took advantage of getting great field position. 

“Good Centerville team. Very, very aggressive. Extremely ready for tonight. Their Homecoming. They did exactly what we thought they would do. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” answered Winchester head football coach Mike Jones. “Turnovers will beat you against any good team and we did it here on their home field.” 

Like most good teams will do, the Bulldogs were opportunistic when given the chance and unfortunately for Winchester there were too many chances for Centerville. 

The Bulldogs first score was set up after a short punt gave Centerville the football at the WC 40 with 8:19 left in the first quarter. 

On the very first play, the Bulldogs’ senior quarterback Ryan Dickenson found daylight through the left side of the line and sprinted the remaining distance for the score. 

Jake Erbse came on to tack on the first of his five extra point kicks for the game making it an early 7-0 lead for the home team. 

The Falcons soon gave the football back to the Bulldogs, this time at the WC nine-yard line, when another mistake occurred with the punt team allowing Centerville to recover the loose football. 

Again, just one play was needed as junior running back Devin Frazier finished off the possession to make it 14-0 with 6:18 showing in the opening quarter. 

The third Bulldogs’ score came early in the second period as Luke Smith blocked an attempted Winchester punt with Centerville recovering the football at the Falcons’ 28-yard line. This time it would take Centerville six plays to cap off the drive with the TD coming on a 10-yard pass from Dickenson to Avery McCoy at the 9:45 mark. 

The final score of the first half for Centerville was the end result of an 12-play, 66-yard drive that was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Dickenson to Keegan Schlotterbeck with 24.5 seconds left that moved the Bulldogs advantage to 28-0 at half-time. 

Winchester came out sharp to start the third period, putting together back to back first downs thanks to strong running by senior Kollin Orr and junior QB Brayden Tippett. But on the fifth play of the possession, with Winchester moving inside the Centerville 45, the fumble bug bit once again with the Bulldogs recovering at the Falcons’ 43-yard line. 

Eight plays later, Centerville’s Jamari Pamplin put the fifth Bulldogs’ TD on the board with a four-yard plunge over the left side that bumped the score to 35-0 with 7:39 left in the third period. The running clock would be instituted after that. Winchester’s lone score of the game came at the 6:00 mark of the fourth quarter when Tippett connected with Cooper McCoy on a 34-yard TD pass. Will Anderson added the extra point boot to make the final tally of 35-7. 

With the loss the Falcons fall to 1-3 on the season, standing at 1-1 in the TEC. Centerville improves to 3-1 on its campaign, moving to 3-0 in league play. 

Winchester is scheduled to return to Tri-Eastern Conference play this Friday when the Falcons host the Union County Patriots.

Team Statistics

First Downs: WC 9; CHS 8

Yards Passing: WC 81; CHS 76

Yards Rushing: WC 32/112; CHS 34/158

Total Yards: WC 193; CHS 234

Penalties: WC 4/25; CHS 5/35

Punts: WC 3/27 yd ave; CHS 4/24 yd ave

Turnovers: WC 5 (3 fumbles, 1 INT, 1 blocked punt); CHS None

Individual Statistics

Passing: WC – Tippett 7/14/81/1 TD/1 INT; CHS – Dickenson 5/10/76/2 TD

Rushing: WC – Orr 10/38, Tippett 13/27, Edwards 5/26, Burelison 4/19; CHS – Dickenson 9/66/1 TD, Jam Pamplin 14/41/1 TD, Jav Pamplin 6/26, Frazier 6/25/1 TD

Receiving: WC – McCoy 2/41/1 TD, Burelison 2/30, Jenkins 1/7, Orr 2/3; CHS – Schlotterbeck 3/46/1 TD, Jav Pamplin 1/20, McCoy 1/10/1 TD

Conversions: WC – Anderson 1/1 (ex. pt. kick); CHS – Erbse 5/5 (ex. pt. kick)

Field Goals: CHS – Erbse 43 yd (missed)

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