By: Daniel Simmons
Photos Courtesy Tiger Snaps
After a homecoming victory over Lakeview in Week 6, the Winnfield Tigers headed west to Many in Week 7 to take on the Many Tigers for their first away game in over a month. It was a more than forgettable game for Winnfield players and fans, as they lost to Many 49-0.
Many received the ball to start the game, and scored on their opening drive with a long touchdown run from running back Jeremiah James. Winnfield’s first drive of the game looked promising to start, as quarterback Damascus Lewis had a long run before being pushed out of bounds at the 1-yard line, setting up a first down and goal with only one yard to go. Winnfield could not get in the end zone on first and second down, then fumbled on third down, turning the ball over. Many returned the fumble to their own 25, then put together a touchdown drive to go up 14-0.
From that point forward, the game was completely one-sided. Fumbles were a major theme for Winnfield throughout the game, and two of their fumbles were returned for touchdowns. Some of the fumbles came on bad snaps, as starting center Joey Carrithers suffered an ankle injury on a kickoff early in the game and did not return. Many took advantage of the turnovers and built a 42-0 halftime lead. The second half was played with a running clock, and Many only added one more touchdown after halftime, making the final score 49-0.
Winnfield now stands at 2-5 overall and 1-1 in district play. Their next contest will be another road trip, this time to Coushatta to take on the Red River Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are coached by former Winnfield and Many defensive coordinator Byron Keller, and are coming off an impressive 68-14 victory over Lakeview. This will be the second of three consecutive road games for Winnfield, as they travel to Mansfield the following week. It is also the second of three consecutive games played on artificial turf, as Many, Red River, and Mansfield all have artificial turf fields. Kickoff this Friday night in Coushatta is at 7 PM.