Winfield, Mo. - After a winless campaign in 2020, fans flocked to Winfield High School Friday night to see if the new alliance between Winfield and Elsberry would result in victory.
They didn't have to wait long for that outcome to be determined. The Warriors jumped on Confluence Prep Academy from the opening whistle - and never looked back en route to blasting the Titans, 75-14, for the co-op's first-ever win.
The rout was also the first career victory for W-E coach Cody Spegal, who went 0-11 in his first season in 2020.
The Warriors had problems scoring points throughout the 2020 season. It took just 43 seconds to crack the end zone on its first possession, thanks to a scoring pass from Wade Ellison to Cole Sams.
Confluence fumbled on its first two plays of the season, and W-E capitalized with two more TDs. Ellison scored on a quarterback draw, and James Irving added a short run to hand the Warriors a 19-0 advantage with just over three minutes elapsed in the contest.
After missing nearly all of last season with an injury, Ellison would finish with four total TDs on the night. Irving and Draven Ham found paydirt twice, and Collin Sams had a 78-yard scoring run off the bench in the fourth quarter.
However, the run of the night belonged to Colby Twellman. The senior from Elsberry bowled over Confluence's Thomas Williams at the 3-yard line - and walked into the end zone, a play that riled up fans and teammates alike.
W-E will try for two in a row when it hosts Monroe City on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.