By James Adams
FOREST PARK, Ohio - Winton Woods ran all over Glen Este Friday night at Charlie Fredrick Stadium on senior night, giving the class of 2013 at least one more game at home when the playoffs begin next week.
The Warriors racked up 322 yards on the ground and nearly doubled up the Trojans in total yardage with a 395 to 199 edge in a 36-22 win.
Winton Woods (8-2) was led by junior running back Marcus Davis, who had 216 yards on just 14 carries. Davis scored four of his teams five touchdowns as well, the shortest of which was 33 yards.
“I just wanted to show the seniors how much I appreciate them,” Davis said. “They couldn’t stop the run so we kept pounding it. If it’s not broke don’t fix it.”
It wasn’t only Davis that found room to run for the Warriors, who averaged 7.9 yards a carry.
“It’s about practice, and it was a team effort,” senior offensive lineman Artez Phoenix said. “It was our senior night and we left it all on the field.”
Glen Este (5-5) was held in check all night, totaling just 87 yards at halftime, The Trojans averaged 3.6 yards a play, while Winton Woods averaged 8.4 for the game.
The Warriors finished with a 14-point win, but the score is misleading because they led by 30 at the end of the third quarter and coasted to the victory.
“We bowed up, we had our senior night and we have nine people on our defense that are seniors, so we all stepped up and played a big game,” senior defensive back Mike Edwards said.
Edwards, who had an interception Friday night, has committed to the University of Kentucky but he isn’t ready to move on to the college game just yet.
“We worked hard to get our home play off game and we’re trying to win state,” Edwards said. “Right now I’m focused on our season.”
While the focus is on another state title for Winton Woods they need to get healthy to make that a reality.
Senior quarterback Shemar Hooks missed the last two games with a hand injury. While he played Friday, coach Andre Parker would like to see him continue to heal along with stud senior defensive lineman Daniel Cage, who sat out Friday.
The Warriors also need to clean up the sloppy play as they turned the ball over three times against Glen Este and they were penalized eight times for 106 yards.
Winton Woods will find out Sunday who it will play in round one of the playoffs next week, but the Warriors will be at home, much to the delight of the seniors.
“It’s lovely, I’m going to miss this place because I’m a Warrior until I die,” Phoenix said.
Glen Este is out of the postseason and it is largely due to its poor performance out of the conference, going 1-3 in non-ECC games.
The Trojans may want to rethink the non-conference schedule in the future as those three losses came to teams with a 26-4 combined record.