Shelby rides running back Winters to 62-26 win over Galion

SHELBY — Area football fans know Shelby’s high-octane offense is led by quarterback Brayden DeVito and dynamic receiver Issaiah Ramsey.

Don’t sleep on Skyler Winters.

The senior running back exploded for a career-high 291 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Whippets to a 62-26 win Friday night over visiting Galion in a key Mid Ohio Athletic Conference contest.

“That’s the kind of night you hope a senior has in a big game,” Shelby coach Rob Mahaney said.

The Whippets improved to 4-1, 2-0. Galion slipped to 4-1, 1-1 with its first loss of the season. It was the 120th meeting between the two schools, who are ancient rivals from the Northern Ohio League.

Winters punctuated his big night with a 60-yard scoring run down the right sideline at the 6:00 mark of the fourth quarter. The 200-pound battering ram broke numerous tackles on the way to the end zone.

“I felt like it was nice to have four (touchdowns), but that whole drive, I was thinking, ‘I want five. I want five. I want five,”’ Winters said.

Shelby High School’s Skyler Winters (21) breaks through the defense past Galion High School’s Linkon Tyrrell (7) during high school football action at Shelby High School, Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. TOM E. PUSKAR/MANSFIELD NEWS JOURNAL

He deflected credit from himself to his offensive line.

Mahaney backed Winters.

“Our guys played tremendous up front,” the coach said. “I thought they blocked their butts off.

“Obviously, Skyler did a lot. He ran extremely hard and extremely physical. The last run was the exclamation point.”

Galion coach Matt Dick said he was not surprised by Winters’ performance.

“He ran the ball hard, especially in the fourth quarter,” Dick said. “I think as you wear down, he really takes advantage of that late in games.”

He added the Whippets have a lot of weapons.

“You have to keep up with them offensively,” Dick said. “I…

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