The Winona Christian football team celebrated homecoming with relative ease on Friday night.
The Stars scored early and often as they cruised to a 44-0 win over visiting Newton County Academy on Friday night.
The Stars improve to 5-1 on the season and will travel to rival Carroll Academy this week in a key District 2-3A showdown.
Coach Junior Graham said he was pleased with the win and the effort his team played with.
“We did what we needed to do,” Graham said. “We executed on offense and got out to a good lead. It was homecoming and we had a good crowd, a good first half, a good halftime and everybody got to play in the second half. And we got out of there without any injuries. That’s a pretty good week, all in all.”
The Stars got the ball to start the game and wasted little time as marched down the field and scored on a 35-yard pass from John White to Dalton Wiggins. The PAT failed and Winona led 6-0 early.
The Stars went to the air again on their next possession as White hit Wiggins on a 32-yard touchdown pass. Steele Mims hit the PAT and Winona led 13-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Stars continued to pour it on as Blake Cooper got in on the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run. Mims booted the PAT and Winona led 20-0.
The Stars finished off the quarter as White hit Scott Walters on a 19-yard pass. The PAT failed and Winona led 26-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Stars added two more scores in the first half as White threw a 48-yard pass to Cooper. The PAT failed and Winona led 32-0.
The Stars finished off their first half scoring as Bradley Pinkard scored on a 13-yard run. The PAT failed and Stars led 38-0 at the half.
“They had a couple of pretty good players but they are really not an 11-man football team,” Graham said. “I thought we had a couple of turnovers that we need to clean up. We had a fumble and an interception in the red zone before the half. You are never satisfied with those things. I did think we did a good job on first down on offense and a good job of limiting them on first down.”
With a running clock in the second half, Winona Christian coach Junior Graham emptied his bench on homecoming night. The Stars added one last score as Jacob Mann scored on a 73-yard run in the fourth quarter for the final of 44-0.
“We had some young kids step up and make some plays,” Graham said. “I went and told Jacob Mann at halftime that he was going to get some carries and he hasn’t run it all year. I thought he did a good job. He made a good run on that 73-yard run. I was really excited for him. On defense, I thought Collin Parkinson and Lane Beckwith did a good job and made a lot of tackles. I was excited for those kids that got to play a lot of snaps.”
The Stars had 205 yards rushing on 18 carries and 149 yards passing for 354 yards of total offense. Mann led the rushing attack with 83 yards on three carries while Wiggins had two catches for 67 yards and two TDs. White was 5-of-10 passing for 145 yards and four TDs.
Collin Parkinson led the WCS defense with eight tackles while Lane Beckwith had seven tackles.
Newton had just 30 yards rushing on 39 carries.