After a disappointing opening week loss to Elder the Winton Woods Warriors have bounced back with a pair of impressive wins, including a 53-6 thumping of the Fairfield Indians in Friday's home opener at Charlie Fredrick Stadium.
Playing without two of its star players, quarterback Thomas Owens and two-way standout Chuck Wynn, the Warriors didn't miss a beat as the FOX19 Friday Prep Rally made its way to Winton Woods.
--Gold Star Chili Star of Game: Gary Underwood
--Winton Woods' head coach Andre Parker
Backup junior quarterback Gary Underwood continued his impressive play for Winton Woods (2-1) and was named the Gold Star Chili Star of the Game after rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and completing 3-of-7 passes for 68 yards and another score.
"I let them know that one player don't make the whole offense," Underwood said about his message to his teammates. "It was my turn to step up and I came in and we did what we do and got a victory."
Classmate Aaron Kemper continued his breakout season by rushing the ball 20 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns and catching a 20-yard scoring strike.
Fairfield (1-2) couldn't muster anything on the ground mustering just 11 rushing yards compared to the Warriors' 347-yard output. The Indians converted just one of eight third-down plays.
As impressive as the offense was for the Warriors, the defense was simply relentless, coming with two sacks and a pair of turnovers.
"Defense wins championship," head coach Andre Parker said. "That is the name of the game. If our defense didn't step up last year we wouldn't have won a championship."
Winton Woods got on the scoreboard first on 12-yard rushing touchdown by Marcus Graves. The Indians answered quickly as Jordan Ammon found Donteea Dye on 67-yard, break-way TD pass, but they failed to convert the point after and trailed 7-6. It would be the only time they would dent the scoreboard.
The Warriors added four more touchdowns before half and took a 33-6 lead into the lockerroom. Kemper put the game away with two-third quarter touchdowns and the second-teamer would play out most of the final quarter.
"Our expectations for ourselves are higher than anybody else's expectations," Parker claimed. "As long as we meet those expectations we will be fine."
Friday marked the fourth straight win for Winton Woods in the rivalry matchup. The Warriors have outscored the Indians 114-24 in that span.
Things won't get any easier for Fairfield next week as they host Colerain, the top-ranked team in the QueenCityHigh.com / FOX19 Ohio Division I Rankings. Meanwhile, Winton Woods welcomes Bishop Watterson.