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Warriors win defensive battle over Trojans 14-7

Parkston's Zach Scott (9) tackled by Winner's Jake Wranek (63) in a Warriors 14-7 win in high school football action Saturday in Parkston. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

PARKSTON – The Warriors had to make the trip twice, but Winner eventually put away Parkston 14-7 in an elongated homecoming Saturday in Parkston.

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After battling through 20 minutes of scoreless football Friday, the teams were forced to pick up the game Saturday evening when lightning caused a delay.

“It wasn’t a big deal to come back strong today and we said we weren’t going to let last night affect us,” Winner coach Dan Aaker said about his team’s extra travel.

When play resumed the Warriors (4-0) struck quickly and relied on 204 rushing yards on 41 carries as a team to keep the Parkston (4-1) offense on the sideline to secure the win.

Winner got on the board early Saturday on a 63-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Galbraith to running back Sam Naasz with 1:01 re-maining in the first half to take an 8-0 lead into the break.

“Our mindset all the way home last night was keep them out of the end zone in the first half with the four minutes that were remaining,” Aaker added. “To add a big-play touchdown was huge. It really got some momentum going.”

After a back-and-forth third quarter, Warrior running back Trace Meyer put Winner up 14-0 on a 15-yard touchdown run with 9:19 left in the game. Meyer was able to find some running room against the Trojans Saturday after being mostly bottled up prior to the lightning delay, finishing with 125 yards rush-ing on 21 carries and a score.

Parkston’s run game was stalled during the two-day affair. The Trojans finished with just 63 yards on 25 carries.

“Our run defense was phe-nomenal,” Aaker said noting that Parkston is a run team and his team was able to take that away from the Trojans most of the night.

Winner allowed Parkston to stay in the game late with a series of costly penalties keeping Trojan drives alive. The Warriors committed eight penalties for 75 yards in the game.

Down two scores late, Park-ston turned to quarterback Zach Scott, who replaced Wes Dvorak under center to help spread the field and open up passing lanes.

Scott led the Trojans down the field, completing 20-yard passes during a fourth-quarter drive to Dvorak and Brady Reiff. Dvorak capped off the 60-yard drive with a fourth down run from inside the one-yard line to pull the Trojans within seven with 5:45 remaining.

Scott finished with 126 yards passing on 12-of-21 passing for Parkston.

“We fought to the very end,” Parkston coach Eric Norden said following the loss. “Zach (Scott) comes in to give us a different look at quarterback, which allowed us to get Wes (Dvorak) at wide out where he can show his athletic ability.”

The Trojans drove the ball deep into Warrior territory with less than a minute to go. After a sack by Winner defensive lineman Jay Brandis to set up a fourth down, Scott misfired on a pass to Reiff in the back of the end zone to end the Trojan rally.

“Our team was pretty pumped up to play today,” Brandis said. “Coach just told us to keep our heads and we did that.”

Parkston will have this week off to recover and prepare for a meeting with Tri-Valley at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 in Parkston. Winner plays St. Thomas More at 7p.m. Friday in Winner.

Winner (4-0) 0 8 0 6-14

Parkston (4-1) 0 0 0 7-7

Second Quarter

W: Galbraith 63 pass to Naasz (conver-sion good)

Fourth Quarter

W: Meyer 15 run (conversion no good)

P: Dvorak 1 run (kick good)

RUSHING: Winner: Meyer 21-125, Naasz 8-43, Nick Hossle 7-21, Galbraith 4-10, Tyrel Haley 1-5; Parkston:, Miles Semmler 8-27, Reiff 5-19, Mitch Heisinger 6-10, Dvorak 3-4, Josh Rands 1-1.

PASSING: Winner: Galbraith 2-7-0-88; Parkston: Scott 12-21-0-126, Dvorak 3-7-0-0.

RECEIVING: Winner: Naasz 1-65, Meyer 1-23; Parkston: Dvorak 5-58, Reiff 4-55, Miles Semmler 3-9, Heisinger 3-0.

DEFENSE: Winner: Meyer six tackles; Parkston: Heisinger 13 tackles, Reiff 5 tackles.