Senior Alex Walz, pictured here battling the Hudson receiver, had an interception to seal the win Wednesday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
A lightning delay during Wednesday night's first round playoff game might have been all the motivation the South Winn football team (9-1) needed as it came out firing, defeating Hudson (5-5) 38-31 in Calmar.
The Warriors move on to the second round and will host Aplington-Parkersburg (8-2) Monday, Oct. 29, at home beginning at 7 p.m.
Aplington-Parkersburg defeated Saint Ansgar 50-21 in its first round game.
The Warriors and Falcons last met in 2009 when they were both in District 3 of Class 1A. The Warriors defeated the Falcons 36-13 at home.
Back and forth
Warrior fans had more than enough reason to be nervous Wednesday night in the first round. Hudson took the opening kickoff and went down the field easily, taking a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run.
South Winn answered with a 65-yard kickoff return by Jordan Rommes. A few plays later, Colton Hageman was in the end zone. The two-point play failed, making it 7-6 Hudson.
Hudson went back on the offense, using big runs. A 19-yard QB rush up the middle put the Pirates on top 14-6.
With under a minute remaining in the second, the Warriors were back in business. A big pass down the middle to Rommes set the Warriors up at the 18. Later on third and goal, quarterback Garrett Bohach found Rommes open for the score. With the two-point play it was tied at 14.
A giant kickoff return set the Warriors up with a short field, which they took advantage of to take a 22-14 lead.
Hudson answered with a big return and another score to make it 22-21. A field goal by the Pirates put them ahead 24-22.
That was where the delay came in as lightning forced both teams to exit the field. When they came back, the Warriors took control. Bohach again connected with Rommes for the touchdown to put SW up 30-24. However, Hudson again answered, going up 31-30 with under seven minutes remaining.
The Warriors took control on their own 20 and marched down the field with runs and a few Hudson penalties, scoring on a C. Hageman rush. Hudson had one last chance, but the ball was intercepted by Alex Walz.
A-P finished second in District 3 with a 5-1 record. Their only losses came to Union (14-41) and Dike-New Hartford (35-36).
A-P is averaging 49.7 points a contest. They picked up 4,141 rushing yards during the regular season (460.11 a game) and 685 passing yards.
Kollin Cuvelier is the leading passer, completing 37-of-63 passes for 676 yards. They've done most of their damage on the ground this year. Brady Frey is averaging 7.3 yards per carry, with 1,803 yards on 248 attempts. Tyler Peters has a 7.8 yards per carry average. In total, their top seven runners are averaging over 7.0 yards a touch.