South Winn Head Coach Jason Ohrt addresses his players following Friday’s third-round playoff contest at Saint Ansgar. (Photo by Becky Walz)
South Winn Head Coach Jason Ohrt addresses his players following Friday’s third-round playoff contest at Saint Ansgar. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The No. 9 South Winn Warrior football team (8-2) concluded its 2020 playoff bid Friday, Oct. 30, falling to Class A No. 2 Saint Ansgar 42-6 on the round in the Class 1A third round.

Saint Ansgar held South Winn to just 201 total yards on the day, with the Saints totaling 463 themselves to take the victory.

“Saint Ansgar’s running attack controlled the game,” South Winn Coach Jason Ohrt said. “We had success moving the ball on offense, but couldn’t finish drives to keep the game within reach.”

The Warriors first drive stalled on the Saints’ seven-yard line as they turned the ball over on downs. In a turn of momentum, Saint Ansgar moved the ball down the field, scoring the first touchdown of the game with 4:15 remaining in the first quarter. The home team pulled away in the second quarter with a two more scores, claiming a 21-0 halftime lead over the Warriors. 

The Saints opened the third quarter on attack once again, putting another score on the board before South Winn’s Jacob Herold found Nick Holien on a pass for the Warriors’ lone score of the contest with 4:55 left in the third quarter.

Rolling with the run game, the Saints continued to control the game tempo, finding the end zone two more times in the contest for the 42-6 win, advancing into the Class 1A quarterfinals.

“Despite the loss, I am very proud of how our kids played this season. In a season filled with adversity and uncertainty, our kids remained poised and focused every week at practice and in games,” said Coach Ohrt.

Herold completed five passes for 95 yards, hitting three different targets — Cael Kuboushek, Holien and Logan Hageman. In the ground game, Herold led the Warriors in rushing with 48 yards in his nine carries. L. Hageman got the call 10 times for 29 yards, while Kuboushek scrambled with the pigskin five times for 16 yards. Rushing for 13 yards in five carries was Zach Taylor.

Defensively it was Calvin Knutson leading the way with eight total tackles, while Holien had seven stops. On the chart with 5.5 total takedowns was L. Hageman. With 4.5 stops each were Trey Kriener and Damon Meyer.