By Becky Walz,
The South Winn football team is ready to return to the top of the district in 2022 after missing the postseason the past two seasons with a core seven players who have quality experience on the gridiron.
Entering his 16th season at the helm, Head Coach Jason Ohrt has compiled a 103-54 career mark and will be assisted by Michael Wenthold, Jacob Elsbernd and Payton Haynes on the sidelines as the Warriors look to take the field this season.
The hard road
With eight starters, including an all-state and all-district honoree returning to the field in 2021, the Warriors showed promise.
The season began with a close game with North Fayette Valley, with the TigerHawks winning 7-0. South Winn rebounded to blank Maquoketa Valley, 19-0, before another loss to Clayton Ridge, 7-0. The Warriors put another tally in the win column with a 34-26 homecoming victory of Starmont, before dropping their last four contests of the season to North Linn, Wapsie Valley, Bellevue and East Buchanan to end the season 2-6.
For the season, the Warriors collected 1,840 yards of total offense. They picked up 1,629 yards rushing and 211 through the air, scoring 12 touchdowns.
Back at it
Upperclassmen will lead the way for the Warriors.
At the top of the list is returning linebacker/fullback/tight end/ Keagen Streeter. A two-time all-state and all-district honoree, K. Streeter was second for South Winn with 45.5 total tackles last year including 37 solo stops. He also caught three passes for 100 yards and crossed the goal line once on offense.
Junior Parker Timp came out of the back field for 80 carries, scampering for 296 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per touch.
Senior Landon Garcia earned an all-district nod for the job he did on the offensive and defensive lines for the Warriors.
Brady Ohrt (QB/DB), Kaden Bullerman (RB/LB), Brody Tieskoetter (WR/DB) and Carlos Marcario (OL/DB) also return with varsity time under their belts.
They will be joined by a host of young talent including Jeremiah Cullen (RB/DB), Aiden Feickert (FB/DB), Eric Kriener (TE/DB), Quinn Huinker (OL/DL), Evan Monroe (OL/DL), Jordan Baumler (OL/DL), Nolan Sabelka (RB/DB), Lukas Weiss (WR/DB), Andres Marcario (WR/DB); Tristen Bodensteiner (OL/DL), Jackson Goltz (OL/DL), Yahir Macario (OL/LB), Shayde Wermers (OL/DL), Xavier Williams (WR/DB), Braiden Todd (QB/LB), Landon Schnuelle (RB/DB), Kyle Kuboushek (FB/DL), Logan Tieskoetter (TE/LB) and Carson Streeter (RB/DB).
“Despite very low participation numbers, we return a solid nucleus of experienced players,” noted Coach Ohrt. “Keagen Streeter, Parker Timp and Brady Ohrt are all getting attention from college recruiters. However, we will have some positions that are going to be filled by freshmen and sophomores.”
Filling in the gaps
The Warriors will have several spots to fill due to graduation.
Topping the list will be the leading rusher from the 2021 season, Logan Hageman, who raced for 615 yards in his 96 touches before succumbing to an injury. Hageman also was a heavy hitter on defense, securing 33 total tackles with 24 solo stops.
Calling out the signals, Nick Holien was 6-for-27 in passing for 129 yards and ran for another 151 in 48 carries for the Warrior offense. On defense, Holien provided 15 total tackles, including 11 solo tackles.
Sam Conway was busy on both sides of the ball, carrying the pigskin 65 times for 492 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry with three reception for 59 yards. Defensively, Conway led the way with 48.5 tackles with 35 solo stops.
Also graduating were Trey Kriener (TE/DL, 16.5 total tackles), Evan Bushman (RB/DB, 24 tackles), Tony Greve (OL/LB, 16.5 tackles), Lane Quandahl (OL/DL, 19 tackles), Ethan Timp (OL/DL, 32 tackles) and Nathan Sutton (OL/DL).
A new challenge
Aside from district competition, the Warriors are also faced with having lost lights and the press box in a storm this summer, which has put a damper on the schedule.
While opponents will remain the same, South Winn has erected temporary lights on the south side of the football field and will adjust start times for each game as necessary. School officials will announce start times for home games on social media throughout the season.
As for the district race, Coach Ohrt sees North Linn and East Buchanan as the early favorites.
“We feel we can be in the mix at the end of the season if they guys stay health and focused — those will the keys for us to succeed,” added Coach Ohrt.