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Generals rally by Dragons

After falling behind 6-0 the first quarter, the Winfield Generals scored all of its 22 points the second quarter to beat the Fairland Dragons 22-6 Friday night.

Saturday, September 18, 1999

After falling behind 6-0 the first quarter, the Winfield Generals scored all of its 22 points the second quarter to beat the Fairland Dragons 22-6 Friday night.

Winfield, 3-1, used a couple of mistakes by the Dragons to turn the deficit into a lead.

"We just didn’t play well enough to win," Fairland coach Jack Harris said. "We played well the first quarter, but then we just quit. We quit blocking tackling and running. And they’re good team. They’ve got some speed and they dominated us up front," Fairland coach Jack Harris. "They had good team speed."

Fairland, 1-2, opened up with a 66-yard, six-play drive highlighted by Junior Jamie’s 18-yard run. Darrin Thomas plowed across the goal line from 7 yards out and the lead.

The Generals answered two possessions later after a short Fairland punt and went 47 yards in six plays. Brent Taylor ran the final 5 yards for the tying touchdown and Conner Robertson kicked the go-ahead extra point.

A fumbled snap on a punt attempt gave Winfield the ball at the Fairland 24.

Eight plays later Robertson cradled a 10-yard pass from Virgil Vanover and it was 13-6.

The kicking game helped set up the next Winfield as well. A 47-yard punt return by Taylor got the ball down to the Fairland 19. It took seven plays for the Generals to score as Vanover passed 4 yards to Eric Johnson and it was 19-6.

Winfield put its final score on the board on a 24-yard field goal by Robertson with just 10 seconds left in the half. The Generals scoring drive covered 65 yards in just five plays.

The Generals rolled up 246 total yards including 173 on the ground. Taylor had 59 yards on 14 carries, Derek Harris 55 on seven carries, and Robertson added 52 on 10 tries.

Jaime had 31 yards on four carries and Jeremy Louden 29 on 12 attempts to lead the Dragons.

Harris was disappointed with the loss, but he knows that his young and inexperienced team can improve each week.

"We’re just looking to get better We need to go out and work hard every day, and we have to play well for more than one or two quarters," said Harris.

Fairland, 1-2, hosts Meigs Friday.