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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