Winnsboro gets payback on Farmers
By TREY HILL, Corespondent
Aug. 31, 2008 - WINNSBORO - After eight months of wait-ing, the Winnsboro Red Raiders got payback.
The Farmersville Farmers ended Winnsboro's playoff run last year and Farmersville went on to win the class 2A state championship. Fri-day night Winnsboro got their revenge with a 20-6 win in their season opener at Red Raider Stadium.
The start was less than favorable for Winns-boro, though. Fumbles halted Winnsboro's first two drives of the game. The second fum-ble was scooped up by Chase Wiggins and returned 68 setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Nickevian Taylor. The Winnsboro defen-sive line blocked the point-after kick, leaving a 6-0 score early in the second quarter.
Winnsboro responded with a 12-play scoring drive that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown run by Ashton Slaughter. However, a fumbled the pitch on the 2-point conversion allowed Dan-iel Wise to scooped up the loose ball and race towards the Winnsboro end zone. But before Wise could reach the end zone, offensive tackle Nathan Bullock chased down Wise after 80 yards and tackled him at the Winnsboro 15-yard line to preserve the 6-6 tie.
Winnsboro capitalized on a Farmersville fum-ble to take the lead just before the half.
George Williams charged into the Farm-ersville backfield forcing quarterback Austin Brooks to fumble the football. Jordan Duffey recoverd the loose football for Winnsboro at the Farmersville 25-yard line.
Quarterback Sean Ditto gave Winnsboro the lead for good with a 7-yard touchdown run just before the half. The run for the 2-point conversion failed leaving a 12-6 score at the half.
The game remained tight until Winnsboro sealed the win with a 34-yard touchdown run by Slaughter on a Statue-of-Liberty play in the fourth quarter.
Winnsboro head coach Steve Pennell said he noted how Farmersville was putting on a heavy rush and tended to over shift their de-fense to the motion side. Pennell said he called for a delayed draw that had Slaughter take a handoff while the defense persued the quarterback.
"I Can't believe he [Slaughter] did that so well," Pennell said. "He ran that to prefection and everyone was totally fooled."
With Farmersville's defense persuing Ditto, Slaughter took off for the end zone. He had to elude one defender before reaching the end zone and extending Winnsboro's lead.
Slaughter practically walked into the end zone on the 2-point conversion to put the finnishing touches on the 20-6 win.
Friday night Winnsboro will try to keep their record unblemished when they play host to the Pittsburg Pirates.
Farmersville 0 6 0 0 - 6
Winnsboro 0 12 0 8 - 20
Farm - Nickevian Taylor 2-run (Kick blocked), 11:54
Winn - Ashton Slaughter 6-run (run failed), 5:14
Winn - Sean Ditto 7-run (run failed), 1:07
Winn - Slaughter 34-run (Slaughter run), 9:37
First downs 9 19
Rushes-yards 26-89 48-254
Passing yards 35 13
Total yards 124 267
Comp-Att-Int 5-13-1 2-4-0
Punts-Avg 2-39.5 1-34
Penalties-yards 3-25 1-15
Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-3
RUSHING - Farmersville: Nickevian Taylor 11-41; Aus-tin Brooks 6-22; John Cates 6-21; Chase Wiggins 3-5. Winnsboro: Ashton Slaughter 24-156; Sean Ditto 6-25; Collin Garrett 7-23; Zack Allen 5-22; Josh Thacker 3-16; Jordan Massey 3-12.
PASSING - Farmersville: Brooks 5-12-0, 35 yards; Curtis Stanley 0-1. Winns-boro: Ditto 2-4-0, 13 yards.
RECEIVING - Farmersville: Alex Gutierrez 2-18; Cates 3-17. Winnsboro: Massey 1-15; Slaughter 1-(minus 2).