Winfield-Elsberry claims share of conference title with second-half rally against Warrenton

Warrenton, Mo. - Winfield-Elsberry's Cody Mense runs with one of his game-high four receptions during the third-quarter of his team's 43-28 comeback win over Warrenton Friday night.

With the win, Winfield-Elsberry clinched a share of the Gateway Athletic Conference crown for the first time in school history, one year after going winless. The Warriors can win the title outright next week if Orchard Farm, who was upset by St. Charles, can defeat Warrenton on Oct. 15. 

Winfield-Elsberry trailed 22-12 after being denied Warrenton's end zone from the 4-yard line with under a minute to go. However, instead of running out the clock - and going into the locker room with the 10-point lead, Warrenton inexplicably threw the ball.

The subsequent interception led to a Kaden Kaimann field goal as time expired, a 22-15 halftime deficit - and a momentum swing Winfield-Elsberry took into the second half.