“Winterboro has had our number the last few years, but our kids knew they could accomplish this,” head coach John Limbaugh said. “I’m just very excited for the fans, very excited for the players and I’m really excited for our seniors—hats off to our senior offensive line. Hats off to our defensive unit as well. What a great job coach (Mark) Reed and coach (Chad) Wilkinson did with our defense. When we needed to put a stop out there, they did several times.”
The Wolves established good field position early and were inside the red zone following two Winterboro offside penalties. However, they left the ball at the 4-yard line, as they were stopped short on 4th-and-goal.
On their next possession, quarterback Jonathan Harbin had a 1-yard carry on 1st-and-goal for the first touchdown of the game. Jacob Skinner’s PAT was good to make it 7-0.
Winterboro answered with a 4-yard touchdown run by Cedric McKenzie and Jutorius Cook’s PAT was good to tie it 7-7.
In the second quarter, Fayetteville gained some momentum. Harbin passed to Zane McGrady from 12 yards out for a touchdown and the PAT was good to make it 14-7.
Winterboro fumbled the ball on their first play on the ensuing drive giving Fayetteville good field position. Harbin once again connected with McGrady, this time from 11 yards out to make it 21-7.
In the third quarter, Fayetteville blocked a Winterboro punt following the first drive of the second half that once again set them up with good field position. Once again, they left points on the field as they turned the ball over on downs following a fourth down stop just inches from the goal line.
“We’ve got to quit leaving on the 4-yard line and the 4-inch line,” Limbaugh said. “That’s not going to cut it. We’ve got to get that ball in there. You can’t give up red zone points.”
However, later in the third the Harbin to McGrady combo struck again, with this one being 22 yards out. The PAT was no good to make it 27-7.
A Peyton McKee interception of a Brady Wideman pass gave the ball back to the Wolves. Dustin Ingram single-handedly carried the drive, finishing it off with a 9-yard carry for a touchdown to make it 34-7.
In the fourth quarter, Fayetteville added another touchdown on another Ingram rushing touchdown, this time a 69-yard run down the left sideline.
“Dustin Ingram had a great game tonight—20 carries for 189 yards, almost 200 yards rushing,” Limbaugh said. “I can’t say enough about that and I can’t say enough about Dustin Ingram’s work tonight, but somebody was opening those holes for Dustin as well. We’ve got some guys up there working their butts off—guys like Steven Brasher and Hunter Goins—people that are working their tails off to open those holes up for them so I’m very happy. He got that yardage, but it came from the work and effort of a lot of people. I can’t say enough about Zane McGrady—three catches tonight for touchdowns. Jonathan and Tyari both played a good ball game at the quarterback position. We got good work out of both of them.”
McKee came up with another interception for Fayetteville, giving him two in the game.
Fayetteville finished with 358 total yards, 313 on the ground. Winterboro picked up 117 total yards, 76 through the air.
Winterboro head coach Alan Beckett was disappointed in his team’s inability to persevere.
“The bad thing is when the community is negative, the kids want to quit,” Beckett said. “You just can’t quit in life every time things don’t go perfect and a great example of that is John Limbaugh and Fayetteville. They came in, they stayed the course, and they came back out the other side. I think they’ve got a good team. I think they’ve got a good, physical running football team. I think they’ve got a chance to go to the playoffs. I think they do things well—nothing fancy, nothing elaborate, but they’re very consistent in what they do. I think they do a good job.”
Limbaugh believes Winterboro will bounce back from this loss.
“I can’t say enough aboutCoach Beckett,” he said. “He’s a class act. Winterboro is going to be okay. They’re going to bounce back and they’re going to win some ball games this year. Coach Beckett is that kind of person. He’ll get them lined up and they’ll be okay.”