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WINFIELD — Running back John Covert rolled the Logan defense, while Winfield’s rushing game cruised to victory.

Covert, a sophomore, ran for seven touchdowns and finished with a game-high 286 rushing yards, leading the Generals to a 64-32 victory against the Wildcats on Friday night.

“It feels good, but none of those were just me,” Covert said. “It’s all these guys out here. They make the holes for me and all I do is run through them. I can’t do it without them.”

Winfield lined up in a direct-snap offense the entire game and attempted just one pass, a 71-yard touchdown. The Generals (2-3) made no disguise of their run-first mentality, but the Wildcats (1-4) struggled to make any stops.

“They’re big and strong up front,” Logan coach Jimmy Sheppard said. “They’re tough to get a hold of. We knew what to expect. You could tell by the formation where the ball was going. They were just big and strong, pushed us around.”

Winfield played for the second straight contest without junior starting quarterback Nick Vance, who sat out with an ankle injury. Covert and the Generals’ offensive line carried the squad, though, in absence of Vance.

“John’s a good football player, but we really blocked well,” Winfield coach Craig Snyder said. “I liked what happened tonight. I feel like we established a little bit of what we did last year.”

The win followed back-to-back losses for Winfield, and the Generals played with a tough mentality, Covert said.

“I think we played with intensity,” Covert said. “We played really, really well and limited our mistakes.”

Cameron Brooks joined Covert in the backfield and also found great success, as he posted 22 carries for 109 yards. Brooks also threw a touchdown to Hunter Morris on his only attempt of the game. Caleb Cottrell also added a rushing touchdown for Winfield.

In the first half, Winfield quickly established the run, as Covert and Brooks bruised the Logan defense, with Covert scoring four first-half rushing touchdowns. The Generals held a 35-8 advantage at halftime.

Logan found more offense in the second half, but struggled to match the success of Winfield. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 18 points late in the third quarter, but never drew any closer.

With the defeat, Logan has lost four straight games since defeating Man 20-14 in its season-opener Aug. 23. Winfield hosts unbeaten Poca at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, while Logan plays host to Nitro at 7:30 p.m. Friday.