FOREST PARK, Ohio – The first quarter and a half did no go according to plan for Winton Woods, but the final 30 minutes more than compensated for its slow start.
The Warriors were held to seven points midway through the second quarter, but they scored the final 39 points in their 46-10 win over Hamilton in a U.S. Marines Backyard Battle at Charlie Fredrick Stadium on Friday.
Winton Woods opened the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Shemar Hooks to Javonte Wright with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Hamilton wasted no time tying the score, as A’Shon Riggins recovered a fumble for a touchdown that tied the score with 35 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
The Big Blue took the lead with 8:13 left in the second quarter when Jarod Morrison kicked a 38-yard field goal.
Jarod Morrison kicked a 42 yarder and was 5 for 5 last Friday when Hamilton beat Milford, 38-14.
Winton Woods responded by scoring twice in the final six minutes of the half. Junior Marcus Davis found the end zone with 5:55 remaining, and three-plus minutes later he scored again to make it 19-10 by halftime.
Davis ran in his third touchdown four minutes into the third quarter, and five minutes later he scored again. He finished with 181 yards rushing.
“It was a slow start in the first half, (but we) picked it up in the second half,” said Davis, who added was never nervous about the Hamilton lead in the first half.
Winton Woods turned to Jalen Lumpkin in the fourth quarter. He ran in an 11-yard TD on the first play, and he capped off the scoring with a run from three yards out later in the frame.
Winton Woods improved to 2-0, and will host Mason next Friday.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Parker said. “We’re really going to have to go to work.”