Ty Jacobsen (55) brings the Eagle ball carrier to the ground in Friday’s district opener. Coming in for the assist is Calvin Knutson (74). (Photo by Marie Conway)
Ty Jacobsen (55) brings the Eagle ball carrier to the ground in Friday’s district opener. Coming in for the assist is Calvin Knutson (74). (Photo by Marie Conway)

The South Winn football team (3-0, 1-0) got off to a fast start in the first quarter against Clayton Ridge (0-3, 0-1) to collect its third win of the season and open district play with a 39-8 victory in Guttenberg Friday night.

“We hit some explosive plays in the run and passing game, while our defense played outstanding against the Eagles’ run, holding Clayton Ridge to zero total rushing yards,” said Coach Jason Ohrt. “We had some technique issues in the secondary at times, but our front seven played very physical all night.”

Soggy night

The wet, muddy field and off-and-on showers, didn’t deter South Winn as the Warrior offense exploded from the first whistle. South Winn put the ball in the end zone three times in the first quarter with Cael Kuboushek finding the goal line first after slithering out of the Eagles’ defense for a 39-yard run. Dominic Sisneros added a touchdown of his own to the scoreboard after QB Jacob Herold hit him on a 61-yard pass play. Capping off the first period scoring for the Red and White was Zach Taylor from three-yards out of the end zone to give South Winn a 19-0 lead.

It was a quiet second quarter for both squads as went to work defensively, leaving the score 19-0 in favor of the visiting Warriors at halftime. However, the Eagles returned to the gridiron in the second half to strike on a 20-yard pass and converted on the PAT. Still on top 19-7, South Winn went back to work offensively as it was Herold finding some running space in the third quarter to score.

South Winn would score two more times in the final period as Logan Hageman found a hole in the Eagle defense to squeeze into the end zone. Keagen Streeter stepped in front of a Clayton Ridge pass and returned the interception 35 yards to the house, giving the Warriors the 39-8 district victory.

Next man in

Despite the wet conditions, South Winn managed to mix up the running and passing game with Herold calling out the signals. The senior QB went 5-for-7 passing for 148 yards, with Sisneros pulling down three receptions for 111 yards. Zach Taylor also had one catch for 22 yards. In the ground game, Kuboushek had four carries for 80 yards, while Herold held on to the pigskin nine times to move the ball 33 yards. L. Hageman had five carries for another 28 yards. 

Defensively, the Warriors totaled 16 tackles for a loss as a team, led by Trey Kriener with four and Keagen Streeter with 3.5. Streeter added two big interceptions for South Winn, one resulting in a touchdown. Logan Hageman was in on a team-high seven tackles, while Sam Conway brought down six Eagles. In on five tackles was Lane Quandahl.

“Our linebackers continue to improve every week. We have a young group there, but they play like experienced seniors,” said Coach Ohrt. “Our team is getting closer to full strength; hopefully we can keep it that way from here on out as the season progresses.”