By Wendell Womack
Those in attendance for the Winston vs Sylva Bay game last Friday night at Patriot Field were impressed with a new look—in many areas!!
A new and modern press box, an impressive painted field, a new sound system, new uniforms, but most of all, a well coached and aggressive football team victory, gave the home crowd something to smile about.
The Sylva Bay Saints went marching back to Bay Springs after being defeated 36-7 by the 1-0 Patriots. New head coach, Bo Milton brought a new look and attitude team into the contest, that saw the Patriots dominate from the start.
Winston’s offense got started after Lane Johnson recovered an early opening quarter fumble, but a Logan Webb interception quickly ended the Patriot drive. Winston would then get on the board after a Saint punt, when Zach Taylor finished a Winston drive and scored from 5 yards out.
Gage Graham added the point after for the 7-0 lead. After punts from both teams, Taylor put more Winston points up on a 3 yard touchdown run with Taylor Moody running the 2 point conversion.
Leading 15-0 with 2:50 left before half, D.K. Boydstun gathered in an interception and raced 80 yards for the score. But a penalty brought the score back to the Winston 25 yard line. After moving the ball to center field, sophomore quarterback Logan Webb took it down the sidelines 50 yards for the score. Carter Lane Jones then found Zach Taylor open in the end zone for another 2 point conversion to send the halftime score to 23-0.
Then late in the third quarter, Webb added his second touchdown of the night on a 29 yard run with Graham adding the point after to give Winston a 30-0 lead. A following Sylva Bay punt gave the Patriots another scoring opportunity. Tanner Moore then cashed in on his 8 yard run to end the Patriot scoring of the night. Sylva Bay still showed a sign of life and added their only score of the night on a 36 yard run with 5:26 left in the game.
Their PAT was successful and this ended all scoring for the night with the Patriots coming out on top, 36-7. As the Patriots rolled up 366 yards in rushing, they were led by Logan Webb with 263 yards and 2 scores. He was followed by Zach Taylor with 37 yards and 2 touchdown runs. Taylor Moody added 27 yards while Tanner Moore added another score and 26 yards in rushing.
The passing game saw Webb pass for 43 yards, whle his primary receivers were Orien Dailey with 20 yards and Carter Lane Jones with 15. The defense saw a wide spread of tackles, with the leaders being Zach Taylor with 6, followed by Will Moody, Ty Thompson, and Jon McAdory with 4 each. D.K. Boydstun was credited with an interception and Lane Johnson recovered a fumble. Gage Graham was perfect in the PAT department, with 2 for 2. So with an opening win under their belt at home, they will now go for their first road victory this week when the travel to West Point to take on district opponent, Oak Hill. You can’t win them all unless you win the first one. It’s time for number 2.