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Winton Woods senior Mi'Chale Wingfield helps to lead the Warriors past Anderson

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Posted at 11:43 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 12:52:34-04

FOREST PARK, Ohio — The Winton Woods football program represents everything to senior quarterback Mi'Chale Wingfield.

"I love it here," Wingfield said. "As soon as I got here I knew this was the place to be because the culture is winning and that's what I like to do."

Wingfield, a three-year starter, has played in so many significant games in his career that it seems nothing fazes him toward the second half of his senior season.

That was evident Friday night in the Warriors' 48-13 win over visiting Anderson.

"I thought he was big time tonight," Winton Woods coach Andre Parker said.

"I thought he's been big time every game this year, but tonight he was kind of in a groove. He settled us down. He made decisions. He made checks. He communicated with the coaches what he saw – what he liked, what he didn't like. The kid's a winner, man. He's a special kid. We just got to keep him going."

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Wingfield, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, continued to lead the Warriors offensively.

Unofficially, he rushed nine times for 129 yards and three touchdowns. He was also 8 of 13 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown.

"Offensively I thought their quarterback was really, really special tonight," Anderson coach Evan Dreyer said. "You have to contain him and then you have to contain the running backs, which made them very explosive."

Anderson scored twice in the first quarter but the Warriors scored 48 unanswered points the rest of the game.

Winton Woods (5-0, 4-0 Eastern Cincinnati Conference) took the lead late in the first quarter when junior Tyrek Spikes took a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and senior kicker Watchman Fonjong Jr. added the PAT to make it 14-13.

Spikes finished with 132 yards on kickoff returns. He also rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown.

"He showed out real well," Wingfield said. "And I think he's going to be one of the top prospects in Ohio soon. Everybody is going to wake up and see that."

The Warriors added three scores in the second half including Wingfield's pass to junior Tai'je Frazier, who went 86 yards for a touchdown. Spikes also had a rushing touchdown.

Senior kicker Nate Mefford made a 40-yard field goal at the 9:59 mark of the fourth quarter.

Defensively, senior linebacker Cortez Foster-Gatewood had six tackles unofficially. Senior defensive lineman Andrew Booker, a Maryland verbal commit, had four tackles including a sack.

It seemed everything went right for the Warriors.

"Tonight they played flawlessly," Dreyer said. "And I think that's why they're a really, really good team. A really good program. Coach Parker had them ready to go. And definitely hitting on all cylinders and all facets of the game tonight."

Winton Woods is scheduled to play host to Turpin (4-0, 4-0 ECC) Oct. 2.

Winton Woods is seeking its first conference title in a number of years. Winton Woods joined the ECC this season after it had been an independent since 2012.

"It's kind of going to work out like a conference championship game," Parker said. "Winner takes it. What else can be said about that? We're happy."

Besides Winton Woods and Turpin, Kings (4-0, 2-0 ECC) is the only other undefeated team in the ECC. The Knights are scheduled to play host to Loveland (1-3, 0-3 ECC).

Anderson (3-2, 3-2 ECC) is scheduled to host Milford (2-2, 1-2 ECC) Oct. 2.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association said head coaches in each region around the state will vote to seed the teams in the postseason this year. The OHSAA will then place teams on brackets Oct. 1.

Playoff games will be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 9-10. Divisions, I, II, III and VII will play on Friday nights. Divisions IV, V and VI will play on Saturday nights.

Schools that are eliminated from the OHSAA playoffs or that choose not to enter the OHSAA playoffs have the option to schedule additional regular-season contests through Nov. 14 with a maximum of 10 regular-season contests.