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Coalfield defeats Winfield 40-18

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By Taylor Crombie

While Coalfield’s offense was much more effective in the Yellow Jackets’ 40-18 victory over Winfield, head coach Shawn Basler felt like the team as a whole played flat in the first half.

“I thought our effort was lacking,” Basler said. “That’s two weeks in a row where our effort is not where it needs to be, we need to get that fixed.”

“But I was proud of the way we came out after halftime and glad to get the win.”

Coalfield took the lead in the first quarter with an 18-yard touchdown rush from Landon Lowe followed by a successful 2-point conversion pass from Cole Hines to AJ Henry.

Hank Trail returned a Winfield fumble for a touchdown moments later, then Hines connected with Coalton Henry in the end zone for another successful 2-point conversion to give Coalfield a 16-0 lead.

Winfield’s Cannon Vanover launched a 61-yard pass to Phoenix Norris to put the Bobcats on the board before the end of the first quarter, but the Jackets were able to stop the 2-point conversion.

It took a while for the Yellow Jackets to answer in the second quarter, but Lowe showed off his arm with a 50-yard pass to Jaden Newbaur for another Coalfield touchdown. Coalton Henry ran the ball in this time for the 2-point conversion.

Vanover threw another long TD pass to Norris before the end of the half, this time for 64 yards. Winfield’s 2-point conversion attempt failed again, bringing the score to 24-12 at halftime.

Coalfield scored twice in the third quarter to widen the margin. Canaan Bowling ran in a touchdown and the 2-point conversion, then Coalton Henry intercepted a pass on Winfield’s next drive. Coalton Henry was unable to return it for a touchdown, but AJ Henry was able to run the touchdown and the 2-point conversion to give the Yellow Jackets a comfortable 40-12 lead.

Winfield’s Lorenzo Garcia threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Norris with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 40-18 Coalfield.

Next week, Coalfield will take on the Oakdale Eagles at home.

“Any time you get to play a county school, it’s big,” Basler said. “I know they’ll be looking forward to it.”

In addition to being a county rivalry game, Coalfield could secure a home playoff game with a win against the Eagles.