Warriors Pick Up Big Victory

Winner High School football team scored 44 points in the first half on the way to a 50-7 victory over Stanley County Friday night in Winner. This was the home opener for the Warriors which saw a great crowd follow the team.

Winner scored 14 points in the first quarter and 30 in the second quarter.

We played well,” said coach Dan Aaker. “We got off to a good start both offensively and defensively. We had a big play factor which is one of the things we wanted to see this year.”

Trevor Peters opened the scoring for the Warriors on a 15 yard run. Six minutes later quarterback Brady Fritz completed a 54-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Volmer.

To start the second quarter, Fritz went to the air again and completed 34 yard pass to Joren Bruun.

With 9:42 left in the first half, Fritz threw a 37 yard TD pass to Nolan Sachtjen.

Peters scored his second touchdown on a 23 yard run with 4:47 left in the second quarter. Capping the scoring in the first half was Sachtjen on a 21 yard run.

Stanley County scored in the second quarter.

Neither team scored in the third period.

The final score for Winner was in the fourth quarter on a 16 yard run by Aaron Gilchrist.

Aaker said Fritz threw the ball well. The quarterback was 4-4 for 151 yards. “Brandon Volmer, Joren Bruun and Nolan Sachtjen all made some nice catches,” said the coach.

Winner had 407 yards of total offense and held Stanley County to 154 yards.

Winner had 21 first downs and their opponent had 8.

Peters was the leading rusher for the Warriors with 92 yards followed by Sachtjen with 36, Sam Kruger, 29.

The Warrior defense was led by Shea Connot and Phillip Jorgensen with 5 tackles each.

Elijah Blare had 4 tackles along with Preston Norrid.

Aaker noted the defense played much better. “We made strides. We saw a lot of improvement in a lot of areas. The biggest thing I was happy with was how we played with some emotion and having fun. You could just see it in the guys Friday night.”

Everyone got in the game. The second half the junior varsity played and the coach complemented them for how well they played.

The Warriors will host West Central on Friday at 7 p.m.

Last year the Warriors defeated West Central on the road.

Aaker says West Central has a great program, well coached and very disciplined.

This will be a big challenge for us and we need to be ready,” he said.

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