Winchester’s football team knew it needed this one to set up a showdown with Centerville next week for the Tri-Eastern Conference title.
But Friday night, they weren’t coming close to looking past Tri.
The Falcons broke out to a 27-point lead at halftime and throttled the Titans 47-12 at home. Winchester (5-3 overall, 5-1 TEC) controlled the game on the ground piling up 412 rushing yards and allowing only 1.6 yards per carry.
But with a de facto conference title game on the horizon, Winchester coach Mike Jones said there was some trepidation coming into Friday.
“You worry about that game a little bit,” Jones said. “You don’t want to look past that, look they can beat you. … I really felt like our guys showed up.”
But the win was not without adversity.
In the second quarter, the Falcons lost starting quarterback Dustyn Hangen to a badly broken arm. Versatile senior Gatlin Kramer took over behind center and Jones was impressed with how he ran the offense and took the ball himself when needed. Kramer finished with 107 yards on nine carries and touchdown runs of 5, 16 and 16 yards.
But this was also a night when tailback Kiante Enis simply took over. The sophomore rolled up 229 yard on his 12 carries with touchdown jaunts of 85 and 61 yards. The outburst put him 13 yards short of the 1,000-yard mark for the season.