WINFIELD -- Just when they needed to get back on the winning track, the Winfield Generals came through with an overwhelming 47-16 win over Nitro on Friday night in front of a large homecoming crowd at General Stadium.
Winfield (3-3), coming off a close, penalty-marred loss to Spring Valley last week, continued using its wide-open offense led by senior quarterback Toby Show.
Show completed 17 of 20 passes for 381 yards, most coming in the first half. The Generals amassed 622 total yards in overcoming a Wildcat defense that could not stop the long ball and the deceptive pass-pattern execution of the Generals.
"They were giving us the outside, so we took advantage of it,'' Show said. "We need to keep doing it on these upcoming games because they are crucial and we are still in the playoff hunt.''
"We're getting better,'' said Winfield coach Craig Snyder, "and we have a lot of guys who can catch the ball. It's not just one receiver. We also have a lot of backs stepping up. Our defensive line is getting better with senior Nick Hunt leading the way. He has all-state numbers and even plays both ways. We're blessed with a little bit of talent."
As the Wildcats (1-5) struggled to match their opponent's production, the Generals are still seeking a playoff spot with two of their next three games on the road against ranked teams.
The Generals came out of the gate in high gear as they tallied 14 points in the first three minutes of the game on only four offensive plays. Show found junior receiver John Hathaway all alone in the end zone from 27 yards out and hit senior Tyler Hill on a catch-and-run from 67 yards.