Winfield earns key region win over Oakman, 41-35

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WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates outlasted the Oakman Wildcats 41-35 on Friday night at Estes Hudson Stadium.

Oakman’s first road game of the year produced a dynamic running attack, with Sean Douglas and Kaedyn Marchbanks both gaining over 100 yards on the ground with a touchdown apiece.

However, the Wildcats (2-2, 1-1) had no answer for Winfield’s Drew Cook who ran for 292 yards on 31 carries with three scores.

On the second play of the game, Douglas ran untouched 78 yards to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead. Following a Winfield score through the air to tie the game, Oakman put together a 15-play, 78-yard drive that ate up over nine and a half minutes off the clock and gave the Wildcats the lead again on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Baylor Odom to Denzel Chatman.

Winfield tied the game back up on its very next drive on a one-yard run from Cook. Oakman scored with just seconds left in the second quarter on another pass from Odom to Chatman to take a 21-14 lead into halftime.

In the second half, mistakes began to take their toil on the Wildcats. Back-to-back touchdown runs in the third quarter by Cook gave Winfield a 28-21 edge with the second score set up by a punting mishap deep in Oakman territory.

The Wildcats scored with seconds to go in the third on a 16-yard run by Marchbanks to come within one point of tying the game. However, the extra point try was no good and the Wildcats’ next drive ended after one only play as the Pirates’ Will Beasley scored on a pick six to extend the lead to 35-27.

Oakman scored four plays later on a 56-yard run by AJ Odom and a two-point conversion tied the game. However, Winfield ran the kickoff back 60 yards for the final score of the game.

“I thought we played hard,” said Oakman head coach Ryan Hall. “We had a tough time tackling that [running] back. They were very physical and we just didn’t get the job done and that’s on me. I’ll go back to work and do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But hats off to Winfield, I thought they played extremely hard. We’ve just got to get better.”

Marchbanks finished the game with 126 yards on 14 carries and a score. Douglas had 117 yards on his 12 carries along with a score. Baylor Odom went 10 of 22 for 105 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Denzel Chatman led all receivers with eight catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Next week, Oakman (2-2, 1-1) goes back on the road to take on JB Pennington in another region contest.