CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winfield made the trip to Crawford Field Friday night with hopes that St. Albans wouldn't pull the cord on its playoff hopes.
Despite being on life support regarding the postseason, with four losses in its last five games, Winfield wasn't ready to give in just yet.
From the opening kick, Winfield (4-5) played like a team with its back against the wall. Senior quarterback Toby Show threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns and Jacob Lewis rushed for 92 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns as the Generals kept their slim playoff chances alive by defeating SA 70-46 at Crawford Field.
"I told my team that we are alive with whatever slim thread of hope,'' said Generals coach Craig Snyder. "It's our fault, really, that we haven't controlled our own destiny. Huntington is undefeated and a very good football team. If we are able to beat them and teams in front of us lose, we definitely would get a lot of points from them to still be mathematically alive somehow."
The Generals (4-5) came into Friday's matchup ranked No. 24, with only the top 16 qualifying for the postseason. They play unbeaten Class AAA No. 1 Huntington next Friday.
"We are going to have play really hard against them [Huntington]," said Winfield running back-receiver Chris Turner. "We are going to have to play like every play is our last play because it very well could be."
Turner, who scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards, was one of the reasons that the Generals jumped out to a 42-6 halftime lead over SA (1-8). Ethan Copeland scored on a 5-yard run, Lewis on a 30-yard run and Show connected with John Hathaway for a 36-yard strike and Tyler for a 7-yard touchdown, respectively.
"We knew coming into the game that we may only have two games left on our high school career," Show said. "We knew we had to come into this game and play as hard as we could. We couldn't overlook them and look on to Huntington. We had to come ready to work and do our business on the field."
Turner finished with 37 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with 32 receiving yards. Copeland finished with 28 yards and a TD.
The second half provided some offensive sparks as both teams combined for 68 second-half points, but SA wasn't able to erase the staggering halftime deficit.
Running back Kevic Watkins finished with 109 yards on 14 carries with three TDs, while also scoring on a 61-yard screen pass from Noah Reed for the Red Dragons. Reed finished 283 yards passing and two touchdowns, while rushing for 116 yards and a score.