South Winn senior Andre Walz (No. 54) yells to his teammates after a big SW defensive stand. Also pictured are Christian Kleve (with the football) and Kyle Woodson (No. 14). (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Everything and then some was left on the field Friday night when the Class 1A No. 4 South Winn football team (5-1, 3-1 district) traveled to West Union to take on Class 1A No. 9 North Fayette Valley (6-0, 3-0 district).
Unfortunately, it wasn't the Warriors' night as SW fell to the Tigerhawks 44-34 on a long night. It was South Winn's first district loss since the final district game of the 2011 season.
The game Friday night was delayed nearly three hours due to lightning, and the players didn't take the field to complete the game until after 11 p.m.
Back and forth
The game started strong for the Warriors, who are ranked No. 4 by the Cedar Rapids Gazette and No. 9 by the Des Moines Register, when they took the opening kickoff near the 50-yard line. In one play, quarterback Garrett Bohach gave the ball to receiver Jordan Rommes, who found an open Alex Shatek for the 64-yard bomb. The two-point try failed, making it 6-0 South Winn.
After NFV, which is ranked No. 9 by the Gazette and No. 4 by the Register, went three and out, the Warriors looked to get going again. However, on 3rd and 14, the pass was tipped and intercepted. The Tigerhawks took advantage, moving down the field and scoring to tie it with 3:51 still in the first. Taking over at the 44, the Warriors went back to Shatek again, with the senior again finding the end zone to make it 12-6. One drive later, the Tigerhawks were back at it, using the run game to score and tie it again at 12-all.
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