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KWWL's Game of the Week was pretty much a de facto district championship. Dike-New Hartford and South Winn both entered the night undefeated in district play, but only one of them would end it that way.
While South Winn came in favored, the Dike-New Hartford Wolverines opened up strong.
After a defensive stop and a long drive, Ryan Moore rolled out and hit #8 on a 7-yard strike, making it 7-nothing Wolverines after one.
But South Winn struck back with their strong running game. The left end, #21, goes 20 yards for the score, putting the Warriors within one.
Just 3 minutes later, it's Ryan Hagemann up the gut, bouncing off defenders for 32 yards. South Winn was now up 7.
But Dike-New Hartford struck back through the air. On third and long, Moore went up top to Preston Wheat. Forty-nine yards later, he's hauled down.
And it led to another rainbow into the end zone. Connor Neuroth brings it in for the score. D-NH would trail 14-13.
The Warriors got one more before half, as Hagemann powered in from the 2. South Winn led 20-13 at the half.
After a scoreless third, South Winn started rolling in the 4th. Hagemann had another big carry, with 33 yards to the 17.
That led to Jordan Rommes, who gets some space, breaks it to the outside and dives for the line. They'd tack on the 2-point conversion for a 15-point lead.
But the Wolverines wouldn't quit. Moore went to the air, bounces off a defender and right to Wheat.
This drive stalled out, but the next one didn't. Moore would hit Nicholson -- his third TD strike of the game -- putting the Wolverines back within 9.
But South Winn would run out the clock. Christian Kleve had a nice run to shut the door. The Warriors stay undefeated with a 28-19 win.
"We knew this was going to be tough," said Jason Ohrt, South Winn Head Coach. "We were ready for it. We were geared up, ready for it, and we made enough plays to win the game."
"Coach put together a great game plan for us to do our job," said Ben Meyer, a junior receiver. "We just did our job really well, and it came for us in the end."
"We knew we're not going to blow every team out," said Ryan Hageman, a senior running back. "This team's a good team, and we knew it was going to be a battle all the way through. We buckled down and got it done."
So, in the end, it turned out to be the Warriors' running game that would be the difference.
Dike-New Hartford's defense did a much better job than any other team has against South Winn this season, but in the end it is the Warriors that will likely go on to an outrighdistrictct title.
Written by Mark Woodley, KWWL News
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