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Raiders win mud bowl over Eagles

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WINNSBORO — It was a night for muddy, big plays-for the host team. Winnsboro ended their homecoming night with a 39-27 win over Como-Pickton.

Winnsboro Red Raider head football coach was right. He guaranteed it would be muddy, and it was. But the rains stayed away long enough for local area games to proceed without delay.

The Eagles started with the ball, but that tune quickly changed. With two pitches to senior James Carter from junior quarterback Zach Carpenter, Carpenter was sacked by senior Raider Josh Takacs and a pack of Raider defenders. Just two plays in Winnsboro's possession, senior Jordan Massey took a 30-yard pass from senior quarterback Christina Bosold to the house for six. Teammate Abi Ramirez booted the extra point good to end first quarter scoring 7-0.

C-P Eagle sophomore Trevor Cagle revived chilled fans with a 30-yard gain on the punt return. But C-P was not able to make the yards needed.

Winnsboro got in three more carries by junior Nick Parton, senior Ashton Slaughter, and Massey before their homecoming rival stopped them.

But the Raiders raided C-P, and intercepted a Carpenter pass. Slaughter ran for the gain. Parton took his turn crossing the goal line. Held by senior Blake Walters, Ramirez repeated to clear the PAT. The Raiders went up, 14-0.

Eagles gained ground by senior Brandt Steele, catches by senior Hunter Cooksey, and a 25-yarder by Carter before a slip in the mud. On the 10-yard line, a fumbled snap almost dashed C-P chances. Steele made a snag in the 5-yard line. Carpenter was unable to find a target on fourth down. Two plays later, Winnsboro's Massey was at it again with a long 85-yard touchdown run. Ramirez added the PAT for a 20-0 tilt in the home team's favor.

With the ball back, C-P continued with forward progress with a run by Cagle. Cooksey made back-to-back catches for the Eagles (to gain 44 yards total on five catches). Steele pushed the down marker back with a catch. Senior Joseph Thornhill pulled down a Carpenter pass, but flags were thrown for a pass interference call. With the ball on the two yard line, Carter pushed up middle for a score. C-P junior Angel Mercado cleared uprights for a 20-7 second quarter showing.

A flock of Eagles stopped Massey, on the return. Slaughter took a pitch for a Raider gain. Bosold looked for Massey on the long pass but landed just outside his fingertips.

The Eagles get the ball on the 33-yard line. Carter rushed for four plays to allow teammate Steele the opportunity for a visitor-side 40-yard sweep for six more points. Mercado tacked on another point for a 20-14 ball game.

The Raiders fired back with a Bosold score, unable to clear the two-point conversion, 26-14. C-P turned the ball back over on downs for a Winnsboro start on the 19. Bosold ran on a keeper. “Super” Massey made another long run. With the ball inside red zone, Slaughter made the score, but the PAT was fumbled.

It happened in the fourth quarter. That it was Raider Blake Walters. Walters picked off not one but two Carpenter passes.

With the clock at 9:20 and the score 32-14, Raider senior Zac Hensley pushed the ball inside 5-yard line. Nick Parton scored, and Ramirez booted the PAT. Walters' second pick came on a long pass intended for Cagle. More slipping and sliding occurred.

Back in Eagle possession, Carter took the handoff down to the 40-yard line. Even as the clock ticked, these two rival teams were not done playing in the mud.

Eagle sophomore Brodie Ogle made a catch to put the ball past the 20-yard line. Two plays later, Carpenter scored on a keeper. Carpenter held the ball for a good Mercado PAT. The gap closed to 39-21, Winnsboro's favor.

Senior Robert Carden landed on a loose Raider ball to return the ball to C-P. Carter (23 carries for 132 yards on the night) got a trio of carries just before witnessing Steele (rushed twice total for 43 yards, and twice for 15) make a short spin into the end zone. The game ended for the Eagles, with 290 total yards of offense, a dozen points shy of a win, 39-27.

“I thought the guys played well considering we gave up a few big plays on defense,” said Pinnell. “We put in some of our young guys in at the end for experience. I thought C-P played us hard.”

Last year, C-P was downed 60-2 by the Highway 11 rival, Winnsboro.

Winnsboro will face winless Alba-Golden while Como-Pickton travel to Caddo Mills.

Other District 13-2A results: Caddo Mills topped Grand Saline 48-20, Quitman upset Cooper 25-15, and Lone Oak defeated Alba-Golden 57-13.

NOTE: Winnsboro crowned Deana Knight as the 2009 Homecoming queen.




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