South Winn’s Damon Meyer (51) brings the MFL MarMac ball carrier to the ground. Coming to assist is Cayden Kleppe (24) and Noah Tieskoetter (14). (Photo by Becky Walz)
South Winn’s Damon Meyer (51) brings the MFL MarMac ball carrier to the ground. Coming to assist is Cayden Kleppe (24) and Noah Tieskoetter (14). (Photo by Becky Walz)

The start of the 2019 season play proved to be a challenge Friday night as the South Winn football team (0-1) fell to MFL MarMac (1-0) in Monona, 44-28.

“We came out with a balanced offensive attack that played well enough to win the game,” said Coach Jason Ohrt. “Defensively, we struggled to consistently recognize MFL’s blocking schemes and there were too many missed tackles. Jacob Herold and Cael Kuboushek played very well on the offensive side of the ball.”


Scoring moments

South Winn got on the board first, scoring on a Jacob Herold one-yard burst. The Bulldogs put up the equalizer later in the first quarter to make it 6-6 as the two squads moved into the second period.

Early in the second frame, MFL MarMac put the ball in the end zone again from four yards out and later connected for a 40-yard pass to go on top 18-6. Faking the run to the interior and bouncing to the outside, Noah Tieskoetter found daylight to the goal line with 1:29 remaining before half to cut the score to 18-14. Undeterred, the Bulldogs marched down the field and stretched the lead to 24-14 with 10 ticks remaining on the clock.

The Warriors continued to struggle defensively in the third, giving up a touchdown on an eight-yard run. South Winn managed to find the end zone twice in the final frame including a one-yard scamper by Herold and a 30-yard pass strung from Herold to Tieskoetter. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had padded their lead with a pair of scores of their own to put the contest away, 44-28.


A peek at the numbers

The Warriors had 121 yards rushing and 257 through the air for 378 total yards. MFL MarMac collecting 520 yards overall with 418 on the ground.

Herold was 24-for-38 passing for 257 yards and a touchdown. Cael Kuboushek was a big target, collecting 10 receptions for 79 yards. Carter Wenthold caught five for 68, while Noah Tieskoetter hauled in four for 55 yards. Collin Wiltgen picked up 31 yards on two receptions.

On the ground, Jaron Todd picked up 46 yards on eight carries while Noah Tieskoetter had 27 yards and a touchdown on three carries.

Damon Meyer and Cayden Kleppe led the defense. Meyer had eight solo and one assisted tackle, while Kleppe was there for seven solo and three assisted stops. Todd made six solo and one assist tackle while Abe Schmitt had six solo tackles.


Back on track

The Warriors are home for the first time Friday, Sept. 6, against Sumner-Fredericksburg (1-0). The Cougars defeated Postville 40-14 in the season opener last week.