INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Miyan Williams turned Kenny Mayberry’s swing pass into a 20-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and enabled Winton Woods to stay unbeaten with a 28-27 win at Bishop Chatard Friday night.
The Warriors (6-0) used big plays – including a kickoff return for a TD by Cornell Beachem - to overcome two blocked punts and penalties that made the final score much closer than it could have been.
Oddly, both halves ended with Winton Woods knocking on the door for touchdowns.
Coming off a blockbuster victory over La Salle, the Warriors jumped to a two-TD lead after one quarter. Markief White’s sack stopped a Chatard drive and forced the Trojans to kick a field goal that tied the score 3-3.
Beachem answered the field goal with an electrifying return, and Quinn Smith’s interception set up Winton Woods at the Chatard 25 for another Warriors’ TD on a Kenny Mayberry pass to Raequan Prince.
With the Warriors up 16-3, a blowout seemed to be brewing.
But two pass interference penalties kept a Chatard drive alive and the Trojans (3-4) capitalized with a TD pass from Mark Nondorf to Will Kellison to make it 16-10.
The first half ended with the Warriors on the BC 1-yard line. Both teams committed turnovers in the last minute of the half, and the Warriors tried a reverse with time running out. But Beachem was stopped just short of the goal line.
After Chatard kicked to start the second half, the home team made Winton Woods go three-and-out, then blocked a punt at the Warriors’ 26.
Chatard substitute tailback Tony Harrison, playing because the starter was out with mono, ran it in from 6 yards to give the Trojans their first lead, 17-16.
A bad snap led to another Winton Woods blocked punt and Chatard recovered it in the endzone for a TD, putting the Trojans ahead 24-16.
Mayberry’s second TD pass closed the gap to 24-22 (the two-point attempt failed). Chatard got a field goal, but Winton Woods dominated the rest of the way.
Williams’ TD put Winton Woods ahead 28-27 with seven minutes to go and the Warriors switched to the option. Mayberry faked handoffs to Williams and broke off two long runs, and the Warriors reached the Chatard 5 in the final minute and ran out the clock.
Winton Woods plays at Canton Central Catholic next week while Chatard visits Covington Catholic.
Winton Woods 16 0 6 6 - 28
Bishop Chatard 3 7 14 3 - 27
WW – FG Romel Velasquez
IC – FG Ben Schrage
WW - Cornell Beachem kickoff return (kick failed)
WW – Raequan Prince pass from Kenny Mayberry (Romel Velasquez kick)
BC – Will Kellison pass from Mark Nondorf (Ben Schrage kick)
BC – Tony Harrison run (Ben Schrage kick)
BC – Blocked punt recovered in end zone (Ben Schrage kick)
WW – pass from Kenny Mayberry (pass failed)
BC – FG (Ben Schrage kick)
WW - Miyan Williams pass from Kenny Mayberry (run failed)