Winfield pulls away from Wildcats in 40-12 win

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/6/18

WINFIELD — After having an opportunity to make it a one-score game on the first play of the fourth quarter, Oakman gave up three touchdowns in the last five and a half minutes to the undefeated …

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Winfield pulls away from Wildcats in 40-12 win

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WINFIELD — After having an opportunity to make it a one-score game on the first play of the fourth quarter, Oakman gave up three touchdowns in the last five and a half minutes to the undefeated Winfield Pirates in a 40-12 loss Friday night.

Junior Christian Hubbard ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on the night. 

On 4th and 1 from the Pirates’ 3-yard line, the Wildcats trailed 21-12 when Malachi Bridges handed off to the normally reliable Hubbard who fumbled the ball that then rolled into the endzone for a touchback.

“First play of the 4th quarter we’re hopefully going in to make it 21-20, we just had bad luck and fumbled in the endzone,” head coach Mark Hastings said of the final minutes of the game. “We had other situations that didn’t go our way. We lost momentum and were extremely tired, playing on our heels and they were able to punch a few in.”

Winfield (7-0, 4-0) marched 80-yards downfield to go up 28-12 on a 15-play, 6:14 drive capped off by James Junkin running in from a yard out.

Both of Oakman’s next two drives ended with Bridges throwing interceptions.

The first gave Winfield possession at the Oakman 29-yard line. Three plays later Brock Hollingsworth caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Elkins. 

The Pirates got another short field to work with when Logan Pollard picked off Bridges and returned it to the 22-yard line. Joseph Cox ran 38 yards on two carries for another score to go up 40-12.

Despite a tipped-ball interception to start the game and the two late picks, Bridges had an otherwise productive night. The junior quarterback went 8-of-19 passing for 107 yards with an additional 50 yards on the ground.

“He made some really good decisions tonight. He’s getting better at his decision making, just comes with a little bit of experience,” Hastings said of his quarterback’s performance. “He made a bad decision here or there, but when you touch the ball every play you’re going to make mistakes. 

“When they stacked the box he was able to make enough plays to pull them back out. It’s definitely something we’re going to continue to build on.”

On the first play from scrimmage, Bridges’ pass was tipped at the line and picked off by Junkin who returned it 37 yards to give Winfield 1st and goal. 

Two plays later Christopher Broyles ran in for a touchdown. 

The Pirates scored 26 points off of Oakman’s four turnovers Friday night.

Trailing 13-0, Oakman (3-3, 2-2) had the ball at their own 29-yard line to start the 2nd quarter. Bridges completed passes for 16, 13, 16 and 14 yards to put the Wildcats in scoring position. Hubbard would cap the drive with a 4-yard run.

Hubbard would score again with less than a minute in the half from the 2-yard line.

With the win, Winfield is 7-0 for the first time since 2007 and remains in firm control of Region 4. Oakman takes another step backward and is now playing from behind in region.

“We just need to build on (this game),” Hastings said. “We’ve got games down the road that we can win and we’re still in pretty good shape, we just have to win them.”

The Wildcats return home next week to host Lamar County.