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Prep football: Winfield erases 21-point deficit to beat Riverside in OT

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Senior running back Seth Lewis plunged into the end zone and a wave of green spilled onto the field in complete euphoria.

Lewis' 3-yard touchdown run in overtime capped Winfield's 27-21 comeback win over Riverside in Friday night high school football action. The Generals trailed 21-0 before chipping away at the deficit in the second half.

Lewis was the workhorse for the Generals (2-2). He carried the ball 34 times for 229 yards and Winfield's first and last touchdown.

"I'll take it any way I can get it," first-year Winfield Coach Craig Snyder said after his team rallied to win its home opener. "We talk about finishing and talk about doing things the right way. We left a lot of points on the field in the first half, I believe. We just kept coming back and coming back."

Riverside (1-3) scored twice on its first four plays, including a 73-yard touchdown run on a keeper by quarterback Trevor Rumberg on the Warriors' first offensive play.

After a Winfield punt, Rumberg hit receiver Marcus Reed for a 51-yard score on third down to make it 14-0 with 5:27 left of the first.

The missed opportunities Snyder mentioned included two first-quarter trips into the red zone that didn't result in points.

After the Warriors' first two touchdowns, scoring subsided for nearly two quarters before Riverside running back Will Jackson scored from 8 yards out to cap a seven-play, 91-yard drive that pushed the lead to 21 points. That lengthy drive followed a Winfield fumble on first-and-goal at the 9 on another fruitless red zone trip.

Lewis padded his rushing total in the third quarter with 87 yards and a touchdown that kept the Generals within striking distance.

Winfield escaped several precarious situations to keep the comeback alive.

Trailed 21-7 and facing a fourth-and-6, quarterback Toby Show hit receiver John Hathaway for a 57-yard touchdown with 9:17 left of the fourth quarter.

On the game-tying drive, Show was in shotgun formation and a snap from center sailed over his head for a 22-yard loss. After an incomplete pass, Winfield faced a third-and-32 situation.

Lewis took a handoff and raced 34 yards for the first down, which included a fumbled ball that hit the ground and bounced safely back into his arms as he fell to the ground.

Four plays later the Generals had fourth-and-4 when Riverside went offsides to give Winfield a fresh set of downs. Show capped the drive four plays later with a 7-yard run to make it 21-20 with 1:29 left.

Snyder had to resist the urge of going for the two-point conversion.

"I thought about it," he said. "I didn't have the guts and I trusted our kicker. I wanted the guy to win it. That turned out well."

Kicker Aaron Sadler nailed the extra point to tie it at 21-21. 

Riverside took the ball first in overtime and had a 20-yard touchdown pass from Rumberg to Reed negated by an offensive pass interference call on Reed. The possession ended on downs.

Winfield took the conservative approach from there, rushing five times (four by Lewis) in overtime. Lewis had 18 yards in overtime, including his game-ending touchdown run that cued the celebration.

Statistics      Riverside      Winfield

First downs      11      26         

Total yards      315      474  

Rushes-yards      27-130      50-265     

Passing      185      209  

Comp-Att-Int      9-18-1      16-34-0    

Fumbles-Lost      3-2      4-1  

Riverside      14      0      7      0      0      --       21

Winfield      0      0      7      14      6      --      27

First quarter

Riv – Trevor Rumberg 73 run (Derik Chestnut kick), 8:32

Riv – Marcus Reed 51 pass from Rumberg (Chestnut kick), 5:27

Third quarter

Riv – Will Jackson 8 run (Chestnut kick), 5:41

Win – Seth Lewis 1 run (Aaron Sadler), 2:17

Fourth quarter

Win – John Hathaway 57 pass from Toby Show (Sadler kick), 9:17

Win – Show 7 run (Sadler kick), 1:29

Overtime

Win – S. Lewis 3 run

Individual statistics

Rushing: Riverside – Rumberg 13-98, Aaron Halstead 3-18, Jackson 4-16, Justin Burke 7-(-2); Winfield – S. Lewis 34-229, Show 12-23, Alex Amick 2-13, Zack Richardson 1-2, Jacob Lewis 1-(-2), Team 2-(-33).

Passing: Riverside – Rumberg 9-18-1-185; Winfield – Show 16-33-0-209, Amick 0-1-0-0.

Receiving: Riverside – Reed 2-131, Lain 1-24, Tim Womack 2-21, Halstead 1-12, Tajon Jones 1-6, Burke 1-(-1), Jackson 1-(-8); Winfield – Chris Turner 6-76, Hathaway 4-67, J. Lewis 3-39, Colton Griffith 1-20, S. Lewis 2-7.


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