Winner High School football team made a strong showing as they defeated West Central 36-7 Friday night in Winner.
The Warriors scored 28 first half points. Coach Dan Aaker says this is best first half Winner has played in a year and a half.
“We came out focused and ready to play,” he said.
The Warriors scored on its first four possessions. Trevor Peters opened the scoring on a 7 yard run. At the end of the first quarter, quarterback Brady Fritz scored on a 21 yard run.
Fritz got on the board again with 5:27 left in the second quarter on a 11 yard run.
Aaker explained the Warriors drive at the end of the first half was really big. The team did a good job of utilizing the clock with Peters scoring on a 6 yard run with 28 seconds left in the first half.
The coach said the Warriors had good balance with Phillip Jorgensen, Brady Fritz, Trevor Peters and Sam Kruger running well.
West Central scored in the 4th quarter with 8:50 left in the game.
Winner’ final score came on a 20 yard run by Fritz.
The Warriors had 417 yards rushing and 23 first downs.
Fritz was the leading rusher with 116 yards followed by Jorgensen, 98; Peters, 76; Kruger, 37 and Nolan Sachtjen, 33.
In passing, Fritz was 2-5 for 26 yards.
Winner’s defense was led by Shea Connot with 9 tackles, Brandon Volmer, 7; Preston Norrid, Colton Schroeder and Oscar Pravecek, 5 each and Kruger, 4.
Aaker said in the second half Winner did not play as sharp. “Our guys learned that they need to keep focused all the time,” said the coach.
This will be a bye week for the Warriors as they will have no football game. The next game will be Sept. 14 at Valentine, Neb.
This week in practice the team will get back to fundamentals like they worked on earlier in the season.
The coaching staff will start introducing information on Valentine game but basically this will be a Winner Warriors week.