Warriors fall to top-ranked Waukon
Warriors fall to top-ranked Waukon
By Becky Walz
Due to several injuries, the South Winn football team relied on some of its younger members to step in against a very talented, Class 2A, top-ranked Waukon on Friday. The Warriors struggled to get into the rhythm, falling, 52-0, in the nondistrict competition.
“This Waukon team is one of the best football teams I have seen in the last 10 years,” complimented SW coach Jason Ohrt. “Despite the tough loss, we did see some positives throughout the game.”
In its first offensive series, the Warriors were pinned to their own 25-yard line, but returned the favor on defense to the Indians on their first possession.
Looking to gather momentum, SW gave the pigskin to Jordan Rommes, who looked to have picked up a first down on the third-and-one. However the yellow flag flew on the Warriors as Rommes was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for hurdling a defender. An incomplete pass on the third-and-15 forced SW to punt the ball back to Waukon.
The Indians wasted no time finding the end zone on a 52-yard run and scored on each of their next possessions to pin the Warriors down, 21-0, at the end of the first quarter as SW failed to earn a first down in each of its possessions.
Less than a minute into the second stanza, the Warriors converted on a third-and-11 with a 28-yard pass from Garrett Bohach to Rommes, but Bohach was picked off on the next play to give the Indians prime field position and eventually another tally on the board.
South Winn finally moved into Indian territory midway through the second quarter, grinding its way to the Waukon 45-yard line before turning the pigskin over on downs. As the first half came to a close, the Warriors faced a 44-0 deficit they would never erase.
Waukon crossed the goal line for the final time at the 9:18 mark of the third quarter as the clock began to run continuously with the 35-point mercy rule in place.
It was the fourth quarter before South Winn would venture into Waukon territory again. Sophomores Logan Schweinefus and Treyton Jacobsen found a few holes in the Indian second-string defense to move to the Indian 46-yard line, but that would be as close as the Warriors would get to the end zone as time expired.
“We still have a lot of room for improvement as we prepare for our final two opponents,” concluded Ohrt. “Our kids know what is at stake down the stretch, and I am confident they will get back on track this week.”
As the season end nears, the Warriors have two district opponents left to face, MFL/MarMac on the road Friday, Oct. 18, and Jesup at home on Friday, Oct. 25.
The first round of district competition may come down to week nine, as South Winn should make the postseason but must wait to see where they lie in the standings and who it will face.
If the Warriors earn a second seed, they will play Wednesday, Oct. 30, at home.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
1 2 3 4 Final
Waukon 21 23 8 0 52
SW 0 0 0 0 0
1st Q – W: 52-yd. run (PAT)
W: 19-yd. run (PAT)
W: 25-yd. pass (PAT)
2nd Q – W: 4-yd. run (PAT)
W: 31-yd. run (2-pt. run)
W: 37-yd. pass (2-pt. run)
3rd Q – W: 7-yd pass (2pt. run)
4th Q – None
GAME STATS: SW Waukon
Rushing Yards 67 262
Rushing Attempts 38 29
Passing Yards 82 114
Passing Attempts 17 9
Total Yards 149 376
INDIVIDUAL WARRIOR STATISTICS:
RUSHING: Jacobsen, 8-30; Hageman, 9-22; Rommes, 3-18; Schweinefus, 4-8; Numedahl, 1-2; Bohach, 9-(-13)
PASSING: Bohach, 4-9, 53 yds., 1 INT; Schweinefus, 3-8, 29 yds.
RECEIVING: Rommes, 3-51; Jacobsen, 1-17; Herold, 1-8; C. Lensing, 1-5; Schroeder, 1-1
KICKOFFS: Rommes, 1-46
PUNTING: Rommes, 6-216
KICKOFF RETURNS: Rommes, 3-60; Schroeder, 1-13; Herold, 1-5
TACKLES (solo-assist-total): Jacobsen (5-0-5); Hageman (3-1-4); Rommes (3-1-4); Bohach (2-2-4); Kuboushek (2-2-4); Schmitt (1-3-4); Numedahl (2-0-2); Schroeder (2-0-2); Brincks (1-0-1); Emanuel (1-0-1); Imoehl (0-1-1); A. Lensing (1-0-1); C. Lensing (1-0-1); Faldet (0-1-1)