Winfield-Elsberry at Orchard Farm

Winfield Warriors Austin Carson and Colby Twellman combine for a tackle during a rainy District loss on Friday night.

In 2020, Winfield’s football season ended in the rain and cold in Washington in a blowout loss to St. Francis Borgia, capping a winless season.

One year later, despite the addition of players from Elsberry, the Warriors’ season ended in almost identical weather conditions, this time in a 21-7 loss at Orchard Farm in the opening round of the Class 3 District 5 playoffs on Oct. 29.

The loss ended a historic season for Winfield-Elsberry, who finished 5-5 in its first season as a cooperative with a Gateway Athletic Conference Northern Division championship in tow, which second-year coach Cody Spegal said is a major building block for the future. 

Playing on one of the few natural grass fields remaining in the state, much less the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, Winfield-Elsberry’s offense also ran into swirling wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour, as well as rain throughout the contest.

With the exception of Draven Ham’s first-quarter TD run, what was normally a high-powered passing offense throughout the season was completely shutdown by the weather – and the Eagles’ defense. The Warriors committed six turnovers, including three interceptions off the arm of Wade Ellison, a fourth off a option pass that went awry and two fumbles.

Orchard Farm’s dominance of the Warriors continued in the rain. With the loss, Winfield-Elsberry fell to 1-15 all-time against the Eagles, including 0-4 in postseason play.