W-MU drops game against Danville
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union football team rushed for more than 300 yards and got into the end zone three times against district foe Danville on Friday. Ultimately, however, the Wolves couldn’t hold on to the ball — or the game — dropping a 27-22 decision to the Bears.
The team had six turnovers on the night: four fumbles and two interceptions.
“One fumble was picked up for a touchdown and one interception was returned for a touchdown,” Coach Scott McCarty said. “There (are) two scores there that, if we take them away, we are the winners.”
Danville scored three of its touchdowns in the first half. The Wolves came out strong in the last two quarters, but in the end, they came up short.
“Our kids did a nice job in the second half of trying to come back,” McCarty said. “We just put ourselves in such a hole with all the mistakes that we made early in the game.”
One mistake late in the game may have cost them as well — the Wolves fumbled on their final drive of the game. Trailing by five, they marched 45 yards to the Bears’ 35 before the turnover gave Danville the chance to take a knee and end the game.
On the night, Thayne McElhinney led the Wolves with 119 yards on the ground.
Max Fricke and Kolt Rossiter had 79 and 73 rushing yards, respectively.
“Jake Edwards continued to play well on the edge for us, with our only two catches for 56 yards,” McCarty said.
McCarty also noted that defensively, the Wolves were lead to by two linemen: Colton Hinkle and Kyle Davis.
Overall, the Wolves played the better game on paper, but the Bears still walked away with the win.
“We out-rushed them to the tune of 317 to 93 yards,” McCarty said. “We also had 20 first downs to their nine. When you look at the stat sheet, were as good or better in all but one category — fumbles.”
This week, W-MU takes on Highland in another home game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“It is a tall task for us to handle, but if we can shore up some of our mistakes, and we can play aggressively and do what we are coached on defense, I look for us to be competitive and put ourselves in a position to be successful,” McCarty said.