South Winn skill player returning letter winners are, from left, front row - Garrett Bohach, Jared Schroeder, Jordan Rommes. Back row - Adam Lensing, Ryan Hageman, Alex Shatek. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
South Winn skill player returning letter winners are, from left, front row - Garrett Bohach, Jared Schroeder, Jordan Rommes. Back row - Adam Lensing, Ryan Hageman, Alex Shatek. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The season opener can't come soon enough for the South Winn football team.

The Warriors, who last year won the Class 1A District 4 title outright, are anxious to play in front of the home crowd on the new and improved Warrior Field and see their hard work in the offseason pay off in victories.

But perhaps no one is as excited as Head Coach Jason Ohrt. Starting his seventh season with the Warriors, Ohrt has built a 40-24 overall record. He will be assisted in 2013 by Steve Hoffert, Loren Straube, who last year was named the Class 1A assistat coach of the year, Joel Hageman, Chad Poshusta, Jake Elsbernd and Brian Meyer. Manager this year is Michael Meyer.



A solid season

With a strong core of returning players in 2012, the Warriors met and exceeded the high expectations. They started with two non-district wins, taking care of Nashua-Plainfield 48-26 and Turkey Valley 48-8. Moving into district action, the Warriors survived a scare from Sumner-Fredericksburg 24-22. They rolled off wins against Denver 36-15, Saint Ansgar 28-12 and North Fayette 42-29 before falling to Class 2A No. 10 Waukon 6-45. They ended the season with a 48-0 win over MFL and 44-6 victory at Jesup.

Moving into the playoffs, the Warriors came from behind to defeat Hudson 38-31 in the first round. Things came crashing down in the second round as the Warriors had their season end against Aplington-Parkersburg 22-49.

South Winn concluded the year 9-2 overall, while the freshman went 7-1.

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