Jason Ohrt is realistic.
“I don’t know that I’ll ever have another team like that 2009 team,” the South Winneshiek football coach said.
That means in quality and especially experience. The Warriors made it to the Class 2A championship game thanks in no small part to the presence of eight seniors who were three-year starters.
“That 2009 team was so senior dominated,” Ohrt said. “This year, we’re really relying on young kids. We’re very balanced class wise.”
And very good — again. A 42-29 win Friday night over North Fayette moved South Winneshiek to 6-0 and in control of Class 1A, District 4.
The fifth-ranked Warriors beat defending 1A champ Saint Ansgar last week but suffered few ill affects emotionally from that big win, leading start to finish against a North Fayette club that’s uncharacteristically 2-4.
“I knew they’d play their best football against us, and they did,” Ohrt said. “They came out after us.”
But South Winn responded, getting five touchdowns from running back Colton Hageman, 164 yards passing from quarterback Garrett Bohach and three interceptions from sophomore Jordan Rommes. NF threw only five passes in the game, as running back Josh Mackey had 198 yards rushing.
“Offensively, yes, I’m happy where we’re at,” said Ohrt. “But we’re still really young on defense and trying to get better. We’re very optimistic we will.”
South Winneshiek leaves district play next week to play at 2A seventh-ranked Waukon, which lost its first game of the season Friday night at LaPorte City Union, 34-33.
“They’re big and physical,” Ohrt said. “By far the best team we will play.”
This and that
— Tyler Odneal had 222 yards rushing to help Class A top-rated Wapsie Valley (6-0) to a 55-8 win over North-Linn. It appears the District 3 championship will come down to the Wapsie Valley-Starmont game in two weeks at Wapsie.
Starmont (5-1) had 415 yards rushing in a 59-6 crushing of Edgewood-Colesburg. Gabe Hamlett had 153 yards rushing and three touchdowns on only seven carries, adding another touchdown on a return.
— So you think it’d be cool to be a prep football coach? Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Tim Lewis was asked how much grief he has gotten from parents/fans because of a 0-5 start.
“You hear some,” Lewis said Friday night after Kennedy’s 44-0 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson. “You try not to let it bother you. There were people chirping at me as I was walking back to the bus after the Xavier game last week. You know that’s going to come. That’s all part of the business, unfortunately.”