West River football teams reached the 11 man state playoffs this season but
Winner was one of the teams that stood out.
has five players on the Rapid City Journal’s Best of the West 11 man football
reached its fourth straight championship game and ninth title game in 15
seasons as it finished with an 11-1 record and state runner-up.
summary of the Winner players on the team.
Barfuss proved to be a force on both sides of the ball for the Warriors. He
earned Class 11B all-state honors for his efforts in the backfield.
rushed 138 times for 1,050 yards to average 7.6 yards per carry and racked up
18 rushing touchdowns. He added 36 tackles, six tackles for loss, an interception
and a pass breakup on defense.
special teams, he averaged 42 yards per kickoff return, with a touchdown and
kicked off for an average of 45 yards per attempt.
Kruger anchored an offensive line that allowed the Warriors’ backs to rush for
over 3,600 yards. Kruger’s efforts earned him all-SESD and all-state honors.
Bartels made a difference on all sides of the ball. The senior caught seven
passes for 181 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end. As a kicker he
averaged 48.5 yards per punt and 45.7 yards per kickoff.
also stood strong in the trenches with 10 tackles, four tackles for loss, a
pass breakup and an interception. He earned all-SEDS honors and a Class 11B nod
as a defensive lineman.
Orel and Blake Volmer were both defensive backs.
exceptional for the Warriors on both sides of the ball. At running back he
rushed 79 times for 880 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 11.1 yards per
carry to earn all-state honors.
defense, Orel racked up 25 tackles, broke up 12 passes and intercepted a pass.
stepped up as quarterback this season and locked down opponents as a defensive
racked up 18 tackles, six pass breakups and six interceptions to earn Class 11B
scrimmages for the Winner High School boys and girls basketball teams have been
girls scrimmage will be Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m in the Armory. This year the girls team will be doing a
free will donation and there will also be baked goods up for a silent auction.
All proceeds will be donated to the Winner Pix Theater.
Winner boys Gatorade scrimmage will be Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Armory.
Determined. Locked down and ready to play.
the Winner Warriors Friday night as they defeated McCook Central/ Montrose 46-6
in the semifinals of the state football playoffs.
sends the undefeated Warriors to the DakotaDome in Vermillion on Friday for the
Class 11B state championship. The game
will be at 2:30 p.m. and the Warriors will take on Elk Point-Jefferson.
Warriors are the two time defending state champions and have won 34 consecutive
Warriors are attempting to win a third consecutive state title.
tell how focused they were, how much film they were watching just based on the
questions they were asking in practice,” said head coach Trent Olson.
“I am very
proud of the kids. They have worked really hard for this. MCM is a very good
team but the boys were extremely focused and took care of business,” explained
the first points on the board and that was crucial to setting the tone of the
versatility to pass the ball, quarterback Blake Volmer completed a 9 yard pass
to Shaw Hammerbeck for the first touchdown.
to mid-field on the next drive and failed to convert a fourth down which
allowed Winner to take over and five plays later the Warriors were on the
scoreboard again. This time Volmer completed a 31 yard pass to Riley Orel.
out the first half, Aiden Barfuss scored on a one yard run. Winner took a 20-0
lead into the lockerroom at half.
that first touchdown set the tone for Winner. “They are a good team. We knew
they were not going to let up and that first possession set the tone and showed
them Winner was ready to go,” said Winner’s quarterback after the game.
scored two touchdowns each in the third and fourth quarters.
scored his second TD on a 3 yard run with 5:17 left in the third period.
seconds left in the third period MCM got on the scoreboard.
Winner was going to respond right away. On the ensuing kickoff, Karson Keiser
ran 76 yards for a touchdown and Winner is now up 34-6.
touchdown for Barfuss came in the fourth quarter on a 78 yard run. Four minutes
later Jude Sargent plunges in from two yards out for the score.
Warriors had a total of 397 yards of total offense with 332 of those yards
coming on the ground.
20 first downs to 13 for MCM.
the rushing leader with 162 yards. Keiser had 55 yards, Jack Peters, 48 and
Riley Orel, 47.
Volmer was 4-9 for 65 yards.
said the victory was a great team effort. “We were locked down and focused that
is for sure. We wanted it more than they did,” he said.
again had a strong defense. Jack Kruger and Jack Peters both had 7.5 tackles.
Jude Sargent had 6 tackles. Dalton Petersen had 3.5 tackles, Barfuss and Karson
Keiser, 3 each, Shawn Hammerbeck 2.5 and Sam Scholz, 2.
step for Winner in their undefeated season is defending its state championship
as they face Elk Point-Jefferson on Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
“We have a
great opportunity in front of us,” said Olson.