"Give all the credit to Winfield, they wanted it in the fourth quarter. We made some mistakes, and we weren't able to come back from them," Ripley coach Jimmy Frashier said. "Yeah [it looked like Hathaway dropped the ball], but it is what it is. We shouldn't have been in that situation. Play defense, do what you need to do and that doesn't happen. Winfield outplayed us. Flat out outplayed us."
On the ensuing play, Lewis found the end zone for the third time on the evening and a late rally by Ripley ended with another interception. The Generals were able to kill the remaining clock.
Lewis, a senior, rushed for 135 yards on 27 carries and has emerged as Winfield's leader after running back David Gaydosz transferred to Cabell Midland.
"Good blocking up front, the defense played well and had a bunch of interceptions, just played good, team, Winfield football," Lewis said. "John Hathaway's catch basically won the game for us. I'm just glad to get Coach Snyder's first win and I'm glad to be a part of it."
Show finished an efficient 18 for 28 with 150 yards and no interceptions. Turner also threw two passes, one a 5-yard completion to Show and the other resulted in an interception deep in Vikings territory in the first half.
Tucker completed 9 of 12 passes in the first half but managed just 6 for 16 in the second with the two interceptions. He had 181 yards through the air while the Vikings managed just 66 yards on 23 carries on the ground.
Snyder deflected all the credit to his team.
"We can run the ball well and throw the ball well, we're pretty balanced," Snyder said. "I'm just excited. I love Winfield and I love these guys. They've worked really hard and I'm just excited to have the chance."
Turner led Winfield with 61 yards on five catches. Lewis caught seven passes for 36 yards and Hathaway added 39 yards on three catches.
Jakob Harrison paced Ripley with 59 yards on two catches.
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