WINTERS - The Winters Blizzards took care of business at home Friday during their homecoming matchup against the Miles Bulldogs with a final score of 36 - 28.

WINTERS - The Winters Blizzards took care of business at home Friday during their homecoming matchup against the Miles Bulldogs with a final score of 36 - 28. The Blizzards struggled to find the scoreboard the game before, so the high-scoring effort was a welcome change of pace.

"The kids played their tails off this week," said Coach Matt McCarty. "This is the first week that we have had kids flying to the football on defense and coming off the football on offense.

Miles got off to a sluggish start, posting zero total points in the first half. That left it at a 14 - 0 disadvantage. Even after 28 points in the second half, the team couldn't make up the lost ground.

"I think this game has made them see what they are capable of doing if they give 100% effort for all four quarters," McCarty said. "Miles is a very tough team and they played with a lot of heart. Every time that I thought we were about to put them away, they kept coming back.

Despite Miles's defeat, the squad still enjoyed a top-notch performance from junior Mason Bryan, who earned two touchdowns and 100 yards rushing the ball.

One key standout for Winters was Chris Diaz, who ran for 177 yards and also punched in four touchdowns.

The defeat dropped Miles's record to 2-5. The win lifted Winters to 2-5.

Both teams are aiming to improve upon those records in their upcoming games.

"We needed this win to help our playoff chances but this win doesn’t mean anything if we don’t take care of our business the rest of the way," McCarty said. "We still have three district games to go and we need to win all three to be where we really want to be."

Winters will face off against Bronte Friday at 7:30 p.m.. The team will be hoping to continue its now three-game trend of scoring more points each week than the last. Meanwhile, Miles will look to defend its home turf against Baird this Friday at 7:30 p.m..

Information from MaxPreps was used for this report.