Winner Warriors dismantle Tigers
The Winner Warriors are tough enough on a year-in-year-out basis, but taking on the Class 11B’s second-ranked team proved too much for an injury-depleted Tiger team on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Winner ran for 383 yards and romped past the Tigers 51-0.
“Winner has set the bar around the state for a long time as far as what a championship team is,” said coach Nathan Lamb. “We are going to learn from last Friday and, in the years to come, attempt to surpass that bar. That is the goal of this program.”
The game started going Winner’s way quickly on Friday. The Tigers took the ball first and threw an interception on third down. Winner took the ball and scored on a 32-yard run by Trace Meyer on the second play from scrimmage.
After the Tigers punted, the Warriors went 56 yards in just three plays with Ben Connot galloping 46 yards for the second touchdown in five minutes.
Winner put the game out of reach with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Meyer scored on an 11-yard run, Isiah Old Lodge returned an interception 30 yards for a score and Connot took the ball into the end zone from one yard out. The Warriors polished off the quarter with Garret Gronlund kicking a 26-yard field goal that made the score 39-0.
Both coaches put the reserves in to play the second half. Winner scored one touchdown in each quarter. The fourth-quarter made the score 51-0 and ended the game at the 9:29 mark.
Winner took advantage of an undermanned Tiger line to rush for 383 yards on 47 carries. The Warriors attempted two passes, but did not complete one, making the rushing total their game output.
The defense was just as dominant as the Warriors held the Tigers to minus five yards rushing and just two pass completions for 32 yards.
With a 3-3 record, the Tigers are sitting third in the Class 11B Region 1 power polls. Aberdeen Roncalli is first with 54.833 power points. Webster Area is second with 51.2. The Tigers have 47.833 points. Duel sits fourth with 46.833 and upcoming foe Groton Area is fifth with 42.333.
“We are looking to end the regular season 5-3 so we need to move on and focus on Groton,” said Lamb. “They are a better team than their record (2-4) indicates.”
The Tigers will have to head to Groton with the team even more depleted than it was on Friday.
“We lost a couple more kids in JV Monday night and are very thin,” said Lamb, “but we will deal with that and play hard come Friday.”
The Tigers have an 11-7 lead in the all-time series against Groton, but have lost five in a row, including a 34-14 loss at home last season.
Winner (6-0)14 25 6 6- 51
Mobridge-Pollock (3-3) 0 0 0 0- 0
W- Trace Meyer 32 run (Garret Gronlund kick)
W- Ben Connot 47 run (Gronlund kick)
W- Meyer 11 run (Gronlund kick)
W- Isiah Old Lodge 30 interception return (Nolan Donahue pass from Connot)
W- Connot 1 run (Gronlund kick)
W- Gronlund 26 field goal
W- Nick Hossle 3 run (conversion failed)
W- Windsor Barry 4 run
Winner: Rushing 47-383 (Connot 7-90, Kyle Bertram 6-65, Sam Naasz 7-56, Meyer 5-44); Passing 0-2-0-0 (Tanner Fritz 0-1, Adam Farner 0-1); 14 first downs. 0 turnovers. Defense: Jay Brandis 6 tackles, Grant Toman 5 tackles, Kyle Bertram interception, Isiah Old Lodge interception.
Mobridge-Pollock: Rushing 17-(-5) (Cody Schaefbauer 2-2, Gary Wollman 1-0, Austin Borah 5-(-1), Noah Chase 2-(-1), Alex Greger 7-(-5)); Passing 2-15-2-32 (Greger 2-14-2-32, Lucas Ulmer 0-1-0-0); Receiving (Mason Keller 2-32); 2 first downs; 2 turnovers.