Second-half surge pulls Warriors to win, 46-32

 

Second-half surge pulls Warriors to win, 46-32

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

Executing a fast start, the South Winn football team took a 16-6 first quarter lead over Denver on Friday evening. Some missed defensive assignment errors in the second quarter allowed the Cyclones to sneak into the lead, 19-16.

“In the second half we made a couple adjustments defensively, and our offense was able to finish drives in the end zone,” stated SW coach Jason Ohrt of his team’s 46-32 come-from-behind victory.

Seven plays and two minutes into Friday’s district matchup, the Warriors punched their way into the end zone with Ryan Hageman plowing through tackles at the line of scrimmage for 22 yards.

South Winn’s Ben Meyer and Chris Brincks teamed up on Denver’s opening play to sack the quarterback and set the Cyclones back to a third-and-17, eventually forcing Denver to punt the pigskin into the Warriors’ hands.

Between a 35-yard completed pass and a few stiff arms, Warrior Jordan Rommes barreled across the goal line two minutes later to put SW on top, 16-0.

As the quarter ended, South Winn maintained a 16-6 advantage.

A fumble and a mishandled punt by the Warriors in the second quarter gave Denver the ammunition it needed to take a 19-16 lead.

Attempting to overcome adversity, South Winn fired the ball downfield in the closing 48 seconds of the first half, managing to reach the Cyclone 6-yard line before the half expired.

The SW defense banded together in the second half  to hold the Cyclones at their own 39-yard line. Taking possession at the SW 10-yard line, the Warriors manhandled their way down the field with Bohach, Hageman, and Jared Schroeder, as well as a 30-yard pass to Rommes, but were stopped at the goal line by the Cyclone defense.

On its next possession, South Winn gained valuable field position when Meyer got a piece of a punt and the Warriors took over at the Denver 22-yard line. Utilizing three running plays, SW went to the lead, 24-19, and never looked back.

A 35-yard pass from Bohach to Rommes early in the fourth stanza pushed the Warriors out front, 32-19, and a 31-yard scamper by Bohach stretched the lead to 40-19.

In the final 2:36 of action, the Cyclones found the end zone for a pair of TDs, while Christian Kleve punched in South Winn’s final tally with 1:12 remaining to settle the score, 46-32.

“I am proud of how our players responded and played as a team in the second half.  We still haven't played our best football yet and will continue to work on cleaning up the penalties and turnovers that have put us in tough situations the last few games,” said Ohrt.

“I want to thank our fans for all their support up to this point.  We have had some great crowds on the road, and I know our players and coaches appreciate everyone coming out to cheer us on,” expressed Ohrt.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS

1 2 3 4 Final

SW 16 0 8 22 46

Denver 6 13 0 13 32

 

SCORING SEQUENCE:

1st Q – SW: Hageman, 25-yd. run (Hageman, 2-pt. run)

SW: Rommes, 35-yd. pass from Bohach (Schroeder, 2-pt. run)

D: 9-yd. run (2-pt. run failed)

2nd Q – D: 7-yd. run (PAT failed)

D: 25-yd. run (PAT)

3rd Q – SW: Kleve, 1-yd. run (Hageman, 2-pt. run)

4th Q – SW: Rommes, 35-yd. pass from Bohach (Hageman, 2-pt. run)

SW: Bohach, 31-yd. run (Hageman, 2-pt. run)

D: 13-yd. pass (PAT)

SW: Kleve, 3-yd. run (2-pt. run failed)

D: 71-yd. pass (2-pt. failed)

 

GAME STATS: SW D

Rushing Yards 321 144

Rushing Attempts 45 43

Passing Yards 242 123

Passing Attempts 14 26

Total Yards 563 267

 

WARRIOR INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS:

RUSHING: Bohach, 17-175, 1 TD; Hageman, 9-74, 1 TD; Kleve, 10-45, 2 TD; Schroeder, 6-30; Schweinefus, 2-0; Rommes, 1-(-3)

PASSING: Bohach, 10-14, 242 yds., 2 TDs

RECEIVING: Rommes, 7-210; Shatek, 1-14; Kleve, 1-9; C. Lensing, 1-9

KICKOFFS: Rommes, 7-347

KICKOFF RETURNS: Schroeder, 1-34; Rommes, 1-15; Meyer, 1-10; C. Lensing, 1-7

PUNT RETURNS: Rommes, 1-0

TACKLES (solo-assist-total):  Numedahl (5-10-15); Hageman (4-9-13); Brincks (6-4-10); Shatek (6-4-10); A. Lensing (2-5-7); Kuboushek (3-3-6); C. Lensing (2-3-5); Meyer (2-2-4); Schmitt (2-2-4); Poshusta (1-3-4); Herold (1-2-3); Rommes (0-3-3); Jacobsen (2-0-2); Bohach (0-1-1); Faldet (0-1-1)

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