The South Winn football team has found ways to win all season long, from utilizing its high-powered offense, its dominating defense to its power on special teams. Pictured here on its kickoff team are, from left - Mac Faldet, Mitch Herold, Jordan Rommes, Tyler Numedahl (partially hidden), Adam Lensing and Jeremy Imoehl. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The South Winn football team has found ways to win all season long, from utilizing its high-powered offense, its dominating defense to its power on special teams. Pictured here on its kickoff team are, from left - Mac Faldet, Mitch Herold, Jordan Rommes, Tyler Numedahl (partially hidden), Adam Lensing and Jeremy Imoehl. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
It might have been a little too close for comfort for fans of the Class 1A No. 4 South Winn football team, but it was the fourth straight win nonetheless as the Warriors (4-0, 2-0 district) defeated Denver (1-4, 0-2 district) 46-32 Friday night.

The Warriors, who are ranked No. 4 by the Gazette and No. 3 by the Des Moines Register, trailed at the half and survived a surge at the end from the Cyclones.



Back and forth

The Warriors struck first, with Ryan Hageman taking it 25 yards to the house. He kept the two-point play to make it 8-0 South Winn just barely two minutes into the game. Halfway through the first, the Warriors got on the board again, this time a Garrett Bohach to Jordan Rommes 35-yard pass. Jared Schroeder ran the ball in on the two-point play, giving SW a 16-0 lead.

Before the end of the first, Denver came back, scoring on a 9-yard run. The two-point try failed, making it 16-6. Midway through the second, the Cyclones were back in the end zone, this time on a 7-yard score. The Cyclones took the lead with under a minute remaining in the half, making it 19-16 at the half.

After being stopped in the red zone once in the third, SW's Christian Kleve punched it in from 1-yard out. Hageman got the two-point try, giving SW a 24-19 lead.

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