WINFIELD, W.Va. -- In a true test of just how far their program has improved, the Winfield Generals demonstrated they are indeed back in a dominating 42-19 home win over Woodrow Wilson Friday night.
The Generals, coming off a season in which they were still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the final week, used a wide-open offense and a stout defense to overcome a Flying Eagle team in front of a large season-opening home crowd and a first meeting between the two teams.
"We just took it to them tonight and maintained our intensity throughout the first half," said Generals coach Craig Snyder.
Woodrow Wilson, a playoff qualifier last season, came out strong with its opening drive but could not stop a General offense that gained over 360 yard in the first half.
"My hat's off to them. They just did a good job and pretty much just kicked us around. Their kids played hard," said Flying Eagles coach John Lilly.
The Generals amassed 363 yards, using a different formation on nearly every offensive play of the first half. When sophomore tailback Jacob Lewis went down with heat cramps in the first quarter, the Generals inserted fellow sophomore Ethan Copeland, who ground out massive chunks of yardage through the middle of the Flying Eagles defensive line.
"Our skill players know what they're good at and we try to not be too greedy and take what the defense gives us. We did a good job of that tonight," added Snyder.
With 1:50 to play before halftime it seemed the Eagles would climb back in the contest when junior quarterback Brent Osborne found a wide-open senior running back Chase Hancock behind the defense for a 65-yard touchdown pass to bring them within two scores. However, the Generals answered with 27 seconds left on the ensuing series when Copeland took it in for a 5-yard touchdown.
"We seemed to be in the right place at the right time, but just didn't make the tackles. We lost a lot of good players from last year and it showed tonight," said Lilly.
For the Generals, senior quarterback Toby Show threw for 264 yards, completing 21 of 35 passes. Tailback Ethan Copeland added 161 rushing yards on 24 carries.For the Flying Eagles, Brent Osborne finished 12 of 28 for 193 yards. Woodrow was held to only 75 yards rushing on the night.