WINFIELD — The New London running game put on a show in the Tigers’ Henry County showdown against Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday night. The Tigers ran for over 300 yards in a 52-14 win.
W-MU struck first when quarterback Daunte Oepping scampered into the end zone on a 20-yard run. The two-point conversion failed, but the Wolves were up 6-0.
New London responded to htat score with five-straight touchdowns of their own. Shae Summerfield ran for three first-half touchdowns and Blaise Porter ran for two, giving New London a 36-6 lead at the half.
Oepping gave W-MU their second score with an 11-yard run in the third quarter. Jacob Ford ran in the two-point conversion and it was 36-14 Tigers after three.
New London shut the door in the fourth quarter, scoring the three longest touchdowns of the game. Porter scampered in from 58-yards out and Summerfield found the end zone on two separate 72-yard runs.
Summerfield ran for 281 yards and five scores in the win. Porter went for 153 yards ant three touchdowns. The Tigers didn’t have to pass the ball once.
Oepping went 6-11 with 88 passing yards for W-MU. He ran for 80 yards and two scores. Ford led the Wolves with three catches for 49 yards. Christian Gerot ran for 45 yards as well.
New London moved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the district, just one game out of first place. They’ll have a marquee matchup with another 3-2 team, Iowa Valley, this week. It will be the first matchup between the two since New London beat Iowa Valley to advance to state last season.
W-MU fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the district. They’ll travel to play first place Hartwick-Ladora-Victor this week. HLV is currently leading the district by one game over four different opponents, so a W-MU win would create some havoc.