Ryan Dietzenbach (No. 53) and Kyle Woodson (No. 14) show emotion after a touchdown. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Ryan Dietzenbach (No. 53) and Kyle Woodson (No. 14) show emotion after a touchdown. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

There is a reason you play two halves of a football game.

The Class 1A No. 9 South Winn football team (9-2) proved that Monday night in the second round of the tournament, posting 30 points and shocking No. 2 and previously unbeaten Dike-New Hartford (10-1) 36-17 on the road.

In addition to the moral-boosting victory, the stage is now set for a monster clash Friday night in the quarterfinals, when the Warriors travel to West Union to take on No. 8 North Fayette Valley (10-1). The TigerHawks advanced to the quarterfinals by knocking off Nashua-Plainfield 28-0 in the second round.

This will be the second time this season the two teams have met. The Warriors fell to the TigersHawks 44-34 Oct. 4 in West Union in a game which featured a three-hour lightning delay (see box on page B-3 for more details on SW and NFV).



The halftime talk

The first half was mostly dominated by the Wolverines, with the Warriors taking over in the second half.

It was scoreless in the first quarter, but the Wolverines were driving. They moved the ball down the field to set up 1st and goal at the 10. The Warrior defense held strong, forcing a field goal to make it 3-0 with 11:48 remaining in the half.

South Winn answered on its next possession. With quarterback Logan Schweinefus scrambling, he found Christian Kleve open for the big gain to the 26. From there, it was Ryan Hageman, rushing 15 yards, then another 15 for the score. The two-point try failed, making it 6-3 Warriors with 9:07 remaining.

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