WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Ripley set the tone in the first half, but Winfield senior Chris Turner and the Generals' running attack turned the tide after halftime in a 49-20 come-from-behind win over the Vikings Friday night.
Winfield threw just one pass in the second half and ran to victory behind Turner's six rushing touchdowns, while the Generals' defense shut out Ripley after trailing 20-13 at halftime.
"We didn't really make adjustments, we just decided we need to stop messing around and run the football," Winfield coach Craig Snyder said. "We were trying to be balanced the first half but honestly they did a good job of covering us. We were smart enough to realize at halftime we just needed to run the ball."
The Generals shut out the Vikings in the second half after allowing 20-first half points, sparked by Ripley's versatile quarterback Trevor Tucker. Trailing 20-13 at halftime, Winfield found the answers to stop Ripley and jump-start its own offense.
Winfield scored five second-half rushing touchdowns to take the lead.
Tucker played a hand in all three Ripley scores during the first half. He accounted for 245 total yards in the first half, 175 through the air.
Tucker scored his first touchdown with a 6-yard rush, but a penalty pushed the point-after attempt back. The kick failed and Winfield led 7-6.
A 41-yard pass play to Kade Harrison from Tucker advanced the Vikings well into Generals territory. Two plays later, Tucker threw an off-balance, back-foot heave toward the end zone, and Harrison caught it for an 18-yard touchdown. The kick was good as Ripley tied the game at 13.
After halting Winfield on the ensuing drive, Tucker and Ripley returned to the big play. Tucker threw to Cody Harris, racing across the middle of the field, for first-down yardage before Harris blew past the Generals secondary for a 90-yard score. With the point-after kick good, the Vikings held their first lead at 20-13 with 3:23 left in the first half. Ripley maintained that lead at halftime.
While Tucker accounted for each of Ripley's scores, Winfield's Turner recorded both Generals scores. Turner took the direct snap on Winfield's first offensive drive of the game for a 4-yard touchdown rush. On the drive immediately following Tucker's first score, Turner rushed for a 15-yard touchdown. The score gave the Generals a 13-6 advantage at the time, as the kick failed.
Winfield next plays at Point Pleasant pm Sept. 27, while Ripley returns to action Friday night to play host to Spring Valley.