Eyes on the target; Warriors aiming for another district title
Twelve returning starters highlight roster
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:32 AM
After a painful exit to the postseason in 2013, the South Winn football team is ready to wash the bitter taste out of its mouth.
Returning skill players for the Warriors are, from left, front row - Jordan Rommes, Ryan Hageman, Carson Lensing. Back row - Ben Meyer, Tyler Numedahl, Mitch Herold, Christian Kleve, Logan Schweinefus, Treyton Jacobsen, Mac Faldet.
The Warriors will be looking to defend their district title for the third year in a row, after winning it outright in 2012 and tying for first last season.
Putting together his strongest squad on the gridiron is eighth-year Head Coach Jason Ohrt. During his time with the Warriors, Ohrt has compiled a 49-27 mark. He will be assisted by Loren Straube, Joel Hageman, Chad Poshusta and Jake Elsbernd. Team manager is Mike Meyer.
Leaving their mark
The Warriors had high hopes in 2013, with 13 returning letter winners off a team that went 9-2 the year before.
They started the season with a 66-13 beating at Nashua-Plainfield and followed it with a 50-6 win over Turkey Valley in non-district action. It was a thrilling conclusion in the final seconds of the first district contest, with quarterback Garrett Bohach scoring on a 3-yard run with under two seconds remaining to give SW a 34-28 win over Sumner-Fredericksburg. South Winn took care of Denver 46-32 and Saint Ansgar 58-14 before traveling to North Fayette Valley. In a night that saw a nearly three-hour delay due to lightning, the Warriors couldn’t hang on, falling 44-34. A week later they lost to Class 2A No. 1 Waukon 52-0. The regular season continued with a 76-0 victory over MFL and 68-6 over Jesup to conclude the year.
In the first round of the playoffs, South Winn, ranked No. 9 in Class 1A, dispatched South Hamilton 46-20. That set up an epic battle with No. 2 Dike-New Hartford in the second round. After falling behind in the first half, the Warriors came back, shocking the Wolverines 36-17.
In the quarterfinals, the Warriors were back in West Union for a rematch with the TigerHawks. It was back and forth from the get-go; however, the TigerHawks prevailed, winning 49-14.
South Winn ended the season 9-3 after advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. It was the second-best season in school history behind that 2009 squad that went all the way to the championship game.
South Winn compiled 5,113 yards of total offense, with 2,010 coming through the air and 3,103 on the ground. The team averaged 7.9 yards per play and scored 69 touchdowns. The offense scored 528 points for a 44.0 per game average while the defense allowed 281 (23.4 points per game).
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