WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy returned to Ruff Field on Friday night and put on its most complete performance of the season, playing solidly on offense, defense and special teams in a 53-26 victory over Pee Dee Academy.
Conrad Sharpe and John Coleman had interceptions for the Eagles, with Coleman running his back for a 66-yard touchdown. Webb Yongue also made solid plays on several passes as the Eagles got Pee Dee to be one-dimensional in the second half. Sharpe’s return helped set up a RWA score in the second half.
RWA took an early lead on a 29-yard Matt Taylor touchdown run and never trailed against the Golden Eagles. A John Coleman 89-yard kickoff return for a second quarter touchdown put the Eagles up 13-6. Pee Dee used a 43-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 20-18 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter.
John Coleman returned one for a pick six and Web Yongue had a pick that set up another score. Quarterback Matt Taylor found running lanes on quarterback draw plays and added four rushing touchdowns. He also threw a 33-yard strike to Mitchell Gibbons for a score.
“We thought we’d change up the return game a bit so we set up a middle return scheme with a wedge and it worked out for us,” Coach Dan Dickerson said.
He called this his team’s most complete performance to date and said he particularly was proud of the team defense shutting down Pee Dee in the second half.
“We stayed with that spread running game that worked so well against Wardlaw (last week) and getting our quick players in space really paid off,” Dickerson said.
The three interceptions did not surprise him because he said the Eagles intercepted Pee Dee four times in a fall scrimmage.
Taylor led the Eagles with 140 yards on 23 carries. Senior Austin Knox added 29 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown. Webb Yongue added 56 yards rushing and caught five passes for 54 yards. Hunter Gibbons gained 19 yards on three carries.
Taylor completed 7 of 11 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Nic Stillwell ran for 16 yards and had several bone crushing hits on defense for the Eagles.
Peyton Gilbert capped off the scoring for Richard Winn with the eighth-grader scoring his first touchdown for the Blue and Gold. Teammates mobbed him in the end zone as the Eagles relished the win. This was the final time Richard Winn squares off in football versus Pee Dee, which is moving up to 11-man football next year.
RWA plays its final game of the season Friday night against Jefferson Davis Academy on senior night. At 4-6 the Eagles are out of the playoff hunt this season. The players are focused on sending their seniors out as winners, though.
“We want to win and finish strong so we can close out on a positive note and build for next year,” Dickerson said.