It wasn't easy, but the Winton Woods Warriors survived a big effort by the Glen Este Trojans as they held on for a conference-clinching 21-20 victory on Friday night.
Glen Este (4-6, 2-3) cut the Warriors' lead to just one point with 0:57 to go in the game when quarterback Shane Seckman hooked up with sophomore running back Conner Meranda for a 10-yard touchdown pass. However, rather than go for the tie Spartans' head Zak Taylor opted to go for the win with a two-point conversion attempt. Colin Pittman was denied the end zone though, leaving Glen Este short.
Winton Woods (9-1, 5-0) enjoyed a big night from senior quarterback Thomas Owens, who finished with 150 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Running back Aaron Kemper added another 90 yards on 22 attempts in the win.
Spartans' running back Alec Scardina finished with 43 yards and a score on 13 carries while pulling in four balls for 66 yards through the air. Corey Goedde and Jerdin Louiso each came up with an interception in the loss.
The Warriors already had a playoff spot locked up and now stand a chance for the outright No. 1 when the Region 8 pairings are released on Sunday by the OHSAA.