Winona High School erupted for 39 first-half points enroute to a 46-7 victory over visiting Philadelphia High School last Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
“We only played our offensive starters two or three plays in the third quarter, and our defensive starters played one series in the third,” said WHS ninth-year head coach Joey Tompkins. “It’s always a good thing when you get to play the subs. It means we have put the game away early, and we are developing depth with our younger guys.
“Philadelphia had players, but they weren’t very good on the offensive and defensive lines. We were able to throw the ball well, and our offense did a good job of moving the ball. It was a good night for us on both sides of the ball.”
The Tigers (3-0) had 307 total yards of offense (190 passing, 117 rushing). The Winona defense limited the Tornadoes to 182 total yards (32 passing, 150 rushing).
“[Philadelphia] scored one touchdown on our first-team defense in the second quarter, and they scored again in the fourth quarter on our backups,” added Tompkins. “We didn’t punt, and we converted on third and fourth down (5-of-8 combined). We did have some penalties, and we have to clean those things up. The good outweighed the bad. We didn’t see a letdown from not playing the previous week, and we were pleased to see that.”
The Tigers didn’t play their Sept. 9 game against J.Z. George after a shooting took place in Winona that day. For safety reasons, the game, which was to be played at J.Z. George, was canceled.
Winona was led by quarterback Chase Richardson. The junior signal caller was 11-of-14 for 190 yards and four touchdowns in the passing department. He also ran for 46 yards on four carries and a score.
Zaishun Nash had 37 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and Kam’ron Robinson had one carry for 21 yards and a TD.
Troylando Eden was the leading receiver with 57 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Robinson had one catch for 54 yards and a score, and Tristin Purnell had one grab for 35 yards. James Burt had three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, and Fred Clark had one reception for eight yards, which went for a touchdown.
Winona led 19-0 after the first period, 39-7 at the half and 46-7 after the third.
Clark led the defense for the Tigers with five solos, three assists and a sack. Eric Boone had seven total tackles (four solos), and A’jerrian Garrett had four solos and an assist. Ja’Mes Bays had three solos and an assist.
This week’s game
The Tigers hit the road Friday to take on the Water Valley Blue Devils. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Water Valley.
“A very good football team,” said Tompkins. “They are a senior-laden team. These guys have played together the last three years, and they are one of the top teams in the North. They have their quarterback, top running back and several lineman back on both sides of the ball.
“It’s going to be a challenge, as always, when we play them. They have played some tough competition this season. They may be 2-2, but they are a good 2-2 football team.”
The Blue Devils dropped a 40-27 decision to Calhoun City last week.
Water Valley leads the all-time series with Winona, 10-8-1. However, the Tigers have won the last six meetings. Water Valley had won 10 of 11 games through 2015 when Winona snapped the skid in 2016.