WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union football team got off to a slow start in their final game on Friday night, and that led to a 20-point loss.
The Wolves hosted Lone Tree to close out the season. The Lions scored the first 21 points of the game and walked out on top, 49-29.
Lone Tree led 14-0 after the first quarter, and a second touchdown run by Bryce Houser led to a 21-0 advantage early in the second quarter.
W-MU scored their first touchdown on a 52-yard scramble by Daunte Oepping. Oepping tacked on a two-point run as well and the lead was cut to 21-8.
W-MU got the ball back down 13, but a defensive touchdown halted the Wolves’ momentum. Lone Tree’s Cale Yoder had a 44-yard scoop-and-score, and the PAT stretched the lead to 28-8. By halftime the score read 35-8 Lone Tree.
The Lions flirted with the running clock after another touchdown run by Houser in the third quarter helped stretch their lead to 43-8. W-MU responded, however, when Oepping found Hinkle for an eight-yard touchdown pass, and Christian Gerot caught the two-point conversion. After three, it was 43-16.
Oepping gave the Wolves some life with a two-yard touchdown run early on in the fourth quarter, but the two-point try failed. Houser responded with six points for Lone Tree on the other end.
The final score of the night went to Gerot, who hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Oepping. Nick Davis made the extra point and the game, and season, came to an end for W-MU.
Oepping finished the night 14-28 throwing the ball for 198 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 87-yards and two scores as well.
Jacob Ford led the receiving corps with seven catches for 80 yards. Gerot finished with two catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Graham Hagge had three catches for 36 yards. Piper had one catch for 26 yards and Hinkle had one catch for an eight-yard score.
Piper, who came back from injury for their final game, was the second-leading rusher as well. He ran for 25 yards.
Piper was also the anchor of the defense. The junior had a huge night on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with 20 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Ford had nine tackles for second-most on the team.
W-MU finished their first eight-man year 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the district. Their lone win was a 72-0 clubbing of Tri-County in their third game.