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What a rush! Tigers, Wolves like to run

New London and Winfield-Mt. Union pit strong running games against each other

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Chance Malone (50) lead blocks for Cam Buffington (33) in last Friday’s game. The Wolves will clash with New London this Week. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
Winfield-Mt. Union’s Chance Malone (50) lead blocks for Cam Buffington (33) in last Friday’s game. The Wolves will clash with New London this Week. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)

NEW LONDON — Fans of old school football might want to check out New London’s homecoming game on Friday night. Henry County rivals New London and Winfield-Mt. Union will square off in a game that promises to be a true ground battle.

Both New London and W-MU have relied almost solely on the run in their first 4 games. The Tigers have completed just three passes all year, and W-MU has completed just two.

The Tigers and Wolves have both ran for over 1,000 yards already this season. New London has racked up 1,354 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, and W-MU has rushed for 1,200 yards and 18 scores.

New London’s Blaise Porter and Winfield-Mt. Union’s Cam Buffington have been two of the most productive running backs in Class 8-Man. Porter has run for 718 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, and Buffington has run for 554 yards and 11 scores.

Both teams come into the game at 3-1, and both schools have only lost to Montezuma, setting up for what could be a tight matchup. It wouldn’t take much to be their closest matchup in recent memory, as this matchup hasn’t been decided by 25 points since 2013.

New London comes into the game riding a four-game winning streak over W-MU, including a 52-14 win last season. Before those four wins, W-MU had taken five straight.

The winner will be 4-1 with a strong case to jump into the Class 8-Man rankings if they get enough help. Both the Tigers and Wolves picked up votes in the Associated Press poll last week.