By Wendell Womack
It was a cold football game and a cold football team. The Winston Patriots witnessed their season come to an end last Friday night at Patriot Field as they spitted and spurted the entire game to try to present a threat to the Canton Panthers, but never could make it happen.
The 36-6 loss to Canton ended their disappointing 2-8 season with no playoff games awarded. Leading rusher, Taylor Moody, entered the game with the 1000 yard rushing mark in sight, but the Panthers had his number and held the talented Moody to only 18 rushing yards.
Winston’s first possession started in disaster as their punt was blocked to set up Canton’s first score of the night. Winston then followed up with an interception that turned the ball back over. But the Patriots showed a sign of life when Hunter McElroy recovered a Canton fumble at the Canton 29 yard line. Winston them moved it to the 7- yard line before turning it over on downs.
Later in the second quarter, trailing 7-0, the Patriots called on Brody Burchfield to attempt a 35 yard field goal that was wide left. Canton then added another score to go up 14-0 with 5:25 left before halftime. As both teams exchanged punts, the Patriots got the ball back before half when Dale Chancellor intercepted a pass at the Winston 36 yard line. Canton came back out the second half and added 3 touchdowns in the third quarter to take a commanding 36-0 lead as the final quarter got underway. Winston’s highlight play of the night came in the fourth quarter when Miles Johnson got the snap on a punt attempt on the old “fumble rooskie” and ran 35 yards to the Canton 32 yard line.
After this, and with starting quarterback Logan Webb removed from the game due to a
shoulder injury, reserve Brody Burchfield came in and managed to direct the only scoring drive of the night for the Patriots as it was capped of with Burchfield running it in from 3 yards out. The 2 point conversion run failed and the final scoring of the night saw Canton take the 36-3-6 victory.
With the slow offensive performance, Winston saw Miles Johnson lead the rushing attack with 85 yards. He was followed by Brody Burchfield with 37 yards and a touchdown. Burchfield also passed for 39 yards. Logan Webb finished with 32 rushing yards and 15 passing yards. The leading receiver was Carter Lane Jones who totaled 41 yards in receiving. The defensive charge saw Reed McCool and Dale Chancellor each have 6 tackles, and were followed by Patrick McGivney, Kyle Stewart, and Tyler Miles with 5 each. Hunter McElroy was credited with a fumble recovery and Dale Chancellor a pass interception. So with the season ending a way that was not hope for, it still ended with a positive note as a large group of talented freshmen will join the returning players next season.
A special thanks to all the senior football players and senior cheerleaders for your service and dedication over the past few years. You will be missed and we wish you the best in your years after Winston. To those returning, now is the time to start preparing for next year. It has been a pleasure to record and report the football action of the Winston Patriots this season. So from the writer of this pen, it is now official that this season is over, because “THE FAT LADY HAS SUNG”.