WINNSBORO — Richard Winn was back at home Friday for their first game at Ruff Field since homecoming against Clarendon Hall and the end result was a 56-23 loss to Greenwood Christian School.
The Eagle offense looked sharp on its first drive, charging down the field and scoring on a 24-yard Webb Yongue rushing touchdown. Greenwood Christian wasted no time answering back, scoring on a long drive that was capped off by a two-yard rush.
That was the beginning of a 48-point run for the Greenwood Hawks that lasted from the first quarter until the end of the third. During that stretch, Richard Winn’s defense was gashed on 26-, 27- and 19-yard rushing scores.
“They were a good football team. They did a lot. I think we kind of shocked them to start with but they settled down and played good defense,” Coach Dan Dickerson said of Greenwood’s performance.
The result of their scoring streak was a 56-23 victory and a 526-yard offensive performance, including 489 rushing yards, by far the biggest numbers the Eagles have given up all season.
This is the same defense that held Jefferson Davis Academy to 68 total yards, and Newberry Academy to just 15 yards.
It did not help that two of the Eagles’ most productive players were held out of the game. John Sandifer and John Coleman were ineligible to play after an altercation last week during the Wardlaw game.
The school appealed the suspension, but “SCISA disagreed with us,” Dickerson said.
The players’ absence was felt as Greenwood Christian ran its option to perfection, and exploited players who were out of their regular positions.
“Defensively, we had to move a couple of guys around, and play people in positions they were not used to playing, and when you’re having to play assignment football, that makes a difference,” Dickerson said.
If there was one bright spot for the Eagles, it was Webb Yongue, who was up to his usual offensive antics. He picked up 134 yards carrying the ball and two touchdowns.
Yongue was active on the defensive side of the ball as well, racking up 11 tackles. His performance was good enough to earn him Player of the Week honors.
The loss takes Richard Winn out of the conversation for the number one seed in the playoffs, and turns the rest of the season into a scrap just to survive.
“We go from playing for first place and now we’re scrapping, hoping we can finish in the fourth spot,” Dickerson said.
Richard Winn will not only need to win their final game against undefeated Andrew Jackson Academy, but hope for some help when Carolina Academy takes on Greenwood Christian.
If Carolina Academy wins then Richard Winn will be out of the playoff hunt. The Richard Winn contest with Carolina Academy that was canceled earlier in the season would be rescheduled if the two end up tied.
The Eagles game against King Academy will be counted as a win, after they were forced to end their season.
Due to this cancellation, the Eagles will be back at home, fighting for the playoff Oct. 30 when they take on Andrew Jackson Academy.
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing what we need to do to correct mistakes. It’s good to have a week, this week, to do that, to work on us, and kind of get in a regular schedule to get ready for Andrew Jackson,” Dickerson said.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.