Winton Woods wins second straight regional title

WEST CHESTER, Ohio – At times it wasn’t pretty but Winton Woods still managed to shine in all phases of the game and win its second consecutive Division II, Region 8 championship, knocking out former FAVC rival Anderson, 50-22. The victory gave the school its third regional crown (all since 2009). More importantly it kept the Warriors hopes alive for a chance to get back to the final game and hopefully win it all after falling short a year ago.

Winton Woods overcame a couple of early turnovers before its offense began to get rolling. Once it did, sophomore quarterback Mi’chale Wingfield and junior running back Miyan Williams set the tone for a big night. Wingfield threw for 108 yards and ran for 113 more and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Williams was his typical self with 160 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Williams, the Warriors all-time leading rusher, raised his season totals to 2,750 yards and 36 touchdowns rushing.

The Winton Woods defense stuffed the Redskins rushing attack holding them to minus-three yards on 21 attempts. Senior Anthony Booker and his younger brother, sophomore Andrew Booker were catalysts for the Warriors. Winton Woods forced three turnovers including a pick six by lineman Malcom Bryant. Senior Kymetrius Gates also had an interception and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 75-yards for a touchdown. The Warriors then preceded to recover the ball on the ensuing onside kick. They were the plays that squelched Anderson’s hopes of getting back into the contest.

Injuries took their toll on Anderson. Quarterback David Thompson, running back Bennett Snyder and the multi-talented Joey Newton got dinged up and were never a much of a factor. Backup Jackson Kuhn came in and threw for 238 yards with two scoring tosses but also had a pair of interceptions including the pick six. Anderson senior receiver Eric Curless had a monster game with 13 receptions for 209 yards while finding the end zone three times. He finishes the season with 100 catches for 1,377 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. The Redskins came up short in their bid for a third regional title and first since ’08.

Anderson 7-7-0-6-20
Winton Woods 7-17-21-7-52

A: Curless 53 pass from Thompson (Johnson kick)
W: Wingfield 27 run (Velasquez kick)
W: Velasquez 26 FG
W: Wingfield 10 run (Velasquez kick)
W: Bryan 6 interception return (Velasquez kick)
A: Curless 28 pass from Kuhn (Johnson kick)
W: Gates 75 kickoff return (Velasquez kick)
W: Williams 3 run (Velasquez kick)
W: Williams 34 run (Velasquez kick)
A: Curless 4 pass from Kuhn (kick failed)
W: Williams 13 run (Velasquez kick)

: Anderson (8-5); Winton Woods (12-1)
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