The Eagles limped into their final region contest of the season against Winston County with a roster chalked full of injuries and a miserable five-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better.
Vinemont (3-6, 2-5 in Class 3A, Region 7) was handed a 42-8 defeat by the hosting Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-4), which snapped a two-game skid of their own.
After a three-and-out by the Eagles to open the game, it soon became the Cody Henderson show for Winston County.
The senior tailback scored on a 14-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage to give his team an early 7-0 advantage.
Following a Garrett Boland interception late in the first frame, Winston County set up shop inside Vinemont territory, where it took a 14-0 lead on a 24-yard, fourth-and-7 touchdown pass from quarterback Timber Blankenship to Henderson.
Scott’s squad moved as far as the Yellow Jacket 38-yard line on its next possession — thanks in part to a nifty fake punt — but squandered an opportunity to cut into the lead with three straight negative plays from scrimmage.
While the Eagles struggled to find traction on offense, Winston County continued to roll. The Yellow Jackets added scores from Henderson — an 18-yard run — and Josiah Adams — a 14-yard scamper — to extend their cushion to 28-0 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Purple and Gold quickly scored on their opening possession to all but put the final nail in Vinemont’s coffin.
Winston County corralled 420 yards of offense, two picks and 10 tackles either at or behind the line of scrimmage, while the Red and White mustered just 220 total yards.
Henderson was responsible for 108 receiving yards, 52 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Blankenship completed 8 of 13 passes for 124 yards on the night.
The Eagles’ lone score came on a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by junior running back Orey Woods, who led Vinemont on the ground with 92 yards on 18 totes.
Sophomore John Michael Dye was limited to just 77 yards on 28 carries following a 200-yard performance a week ago against Winfield. He also caught two passes for 16 yards.
Winston County will conclude its season with a county rivalry matchup against 1A Addison.