South Winn QB Jacob Herold (4) has plenty of time in the pocket as his offensive line holds off the Lake Mills defense Friday. Pictured for the Warriors are Logan Hageman (22), Zach Taylor (6), Calvin Knutson (74) and Damon Meyer (51). (Photo by Olivia Martinez)
South Winn QB Jacob Herold (4) has plenty of time in the pocket as his offensive line holds off the Lake Mills defense Friday. Pictured for the Warriors are Logan Hageman (22), Zach Taylor (6), Calvin Knutson (74) and Damon Meyer (51). (Photo by Olivia Martinez)

The season lives on for the No. 7 South Winn football team.

The Warriors (8-1) punched their ticket into the sweet 16 Friday night by defeating Lake Mills (5-4) at home in the second round of the postseason, 21-14.

“Our sideline and crowd were a big factor for us in this contest.  They really helped keep the energy going the entire game,” said Coach Jason Ohrt.


A brief recap

On a night that showcased two outstanding defenses, the Warriors had 184 yards of offense, and held Lake Mills to 130 yards.

It all started with a Dominic Sisneros interception on Lake Mills’ opening drive. The turnover led to a 7-0 Warrior lead in the first quarter on a Logan Hageman 56-yard mid-line run. South Winn picked up a second turnover; however, a penalty kept the Warriors from scoring once again.

Lake Mills scored 14 unanswered points in the second period. The first came when SW turned the pigskin over inside their own six-yard line as the Bulldogs grabbed an 8-7 lead with 4:25 left in the half. Just over two minutes later Lake Mills was in the end zone again following two plays that covered over 60 yards for a 14-7 halftime advantage.

South Winn was able to tie the score up, 14-14, on a one-yard plunge by Jacob Herold with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter.

The two squads continued to battle throughout the final period that left South Winn punting with less than a minute to play. The sidelines and stands became electrified when senior Shawn Israel forced a fumble on Lake Mills final punt return. Recovering the loose ball was Keagan Streeter at the nine-yard line, which led to a Herold touchdown pass to Nick Holien with 38 ticks on the clock, giving SW the 21-14 win.

“Defensively we played excellent except for a couple plays against a very good Lake Mills running offense. Our defensive line put Lake Mills in a lot of third and long situations,” said Coach Ohrt. 


Coming up

Saint Ansgar is undefeated on the season and ranked No. 3.

The winner faces the winner of No. 5 MFL MarMac and Ed-Co, Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at a location to be determined.