Drought Over: Winona reaches postseason despite loss


WINONA — Speed kills and the Arp Tigers’ all-purpose player, Michael Roberson, proved it. Roberson racked up 357 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to lead Arp to a 51-14 victory over the Winona Wildcats on Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Senior running back Mikechell Potts, another speedster for the Tigers (8-2, 6-0 10-2A, Div. II), chipped in 96 total yards and three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving) to complement Roberson’s performance. Arp amassed well over 520 yards in total offense.

On the Tigers’ opening possession, the Tigers used three plays covering 69 yards that ended when Potts hauled in a screen pass and raced to the end zone from 49 yards out. Mykel Frost added the PAT to give Arp a 7-0 lead with 9:21 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Potts found the end zone again, this time from five yards out to extend Arp’s lead to 14-9 with 8:03 left in the period.

After a Wildcat punt, Arp was faced with first-and-10 at its own 26. That’s when the Michael Roberson show started, as he raced past all the Winona defenders for a 74-yard touchdown run. Roberson had touchdown runs of 44, 61 and 86 yards to end any attempt of Winona to creep back into the game.

Quarterback Chase Bonner had an efficient night, going 3-for-6 for 114 yards and a TD pass.

Winona (5-5, 3-3) got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 10-play, 52-yard drive that was capped off by Cotton Chadbourne finding paydirt from two yards out; and with 11:31 in the fourth quarter with QB Jacob Mosley sneaking up the middle on a 2-yard TD run.

Dereck Middleton had 203 total yards for Winona and also contributed eight tackles (3 solo) on defense to lead the Wildcats.

Despite the loss, Winona made the playoffs for the first time in 18 years as Frankston knocked off West Rusk to boost the Wildcats into the playoffs. Frankston and Winona both finished 3-3 in district, but Winona beat Frankston head-to-head to claim third place.