Winner Warrior broke an 8-8 halftime score to go on and defeat Mount Vernon/Plankinton 20-14 Friday afternoon in Mt. Vernon.
This game was moved up to 4 p.m. due to the threat of inclement weather later in the evening.
The Warriors, ranked No. 4 in Class 11B, are 4-1 as they won the SESD Conference game.
“We struggled a times. I did not think our preparation was very good this week,” said coach Dan Aaker.
Winner made a nice drive in the first quarter with Carter Brickman throwing a 24 yard pass to Riley Calhoon for the touchdown. Ty Bolton makes the 2 point conversion and Winner is up 8-0.
Two minutes after the Winner score, MVP comes back and ties the game at 8-8. “They outplayed us on that drive and the next thing we know it is 8-8,” said Aaker.
The Warriors retook the lead in the third quarter on a 4 yard run by Trevor Peters.
This was followed in the 4th quarter by a 1 yard run by Brickman and the Warriors are up 20-8.
With 1:31 left in the game, MVP scored on a 1 yard run and the score is 20-14. “We are really having to scramble at the end of the game,” said the coach.
Aaker says he thinks everyone learned big lesson about being prepared for a football game.
The Warriors had 292 rushing yards and a total of 308 yards in the game.
Phillip Jorgensen had 89 yards, Matt Smither, 76 yards, Riley Calhoon, 61 yards and Trevor Peters, 54 yards.
Matt Smither had 13 tackles, Levi McClanahan, 12; Nick Lantz and Shea Connot, 6 each and Calhoon, 5.
This is homecoming week in Winner and Friday night the Warriors will host Chamberlain in a 7 p.m. game.
Aaker says Chamberlain has a nice team with a good quarterback.
“We talk about the uniqueness of Winner’s homecoming with all the alumni coming back and former football players here. We want to show them what we have and that has to happen Friday night.”