By Rich Winter
Some interesting conversations with Winner folks leading up to that season opening game with Mobridge/Pollock. Wouldn't say anyone from Winner was nervous but even coach Aaker spoke of being wary of that first game, on the road: Can't say as I know the history of Winner football to that degree, but I'm guessing there have been some surprises up near the North Dakota border.
Not in 2016 baby!
A punishing Winner ground game ground out 10 yards (9.9 for you sticklers) and 385 total yards to answer the bell in a resounding way with a 46-0 win. Couple of interesting stat lines to break down from the Panic Button's perspective.
* Five different Winner players scored touchdowns...all of them on the ground except for the bearded wonder, Chase Kingsbury hauling in a Drew DeMers pass for a 34-yard score.
* 3 completions for Winner, BUT, they averaged 21 yards per completion
* Cameron Kuil - 5 carries, 97 yards (19.7 yards per carry, dang)
* Jayden Schroeder - 5 carries, 82 yards (16.4 bone crushing yards per attempt)
Winner 1 04:25 #20 Kayleb Brozik runs for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #26 Jayden Schroeder good) 8-0
Winner 1 00:17 #16 Drew DeMers pass complete to #85 Chase Kingsbury for 34 yards Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #21 Cameron Kuil good) 16 0
Winner 2 11:34 #6 Riley Calhoon runs for 10 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #21 Cameron Kuil good) 24 0
Winner 2 06:56 #21 Cameron Kuil runs for 57 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #21 Cameron Kuil no good) 30 0
Winner 2 04:33 #26 Jayden Schroeder runs for 53 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #16 Drew DeMers to #81 Isaac Naasz good) 38 0
Winner 4 07:39 #8 Matt Smither runs for 14 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #15 Zach Lapsley good) 46 - 0
Defensive stats: Krockett Krolikowski 5 tackles, Tre Doran 1 sack
Panic Button wants to get a look at Oscar Pravacek and will be in attendance for game No. 3 vs. Wagner: Have heard some good stuff about this freshman over in Winner. Lotta folks refer to his dad, Dan, as perhaps the greatest D-lineman in the history of a historical Winner program.
What a great opportunity for this frosh to learn from Krockett and some of the killer lineman currently pumping through the Winner program.
Alright Chase Kingsbury: Can't wait to see this guy play football on the football field. Seems like I saw him play football on the basketball court, and by me saying that I'm not inferring he's a dirty basketball player, I'm suggesting he's on the floor, he bodies up on people and he hustles as hard on the court as I've seen in a long, long time...Cannot wait to see what that looks like on the grid-iron .
As someone that's still follicly challenged in my 40's, it was interesting to hear coach Aaker talk about seeing this current class of seniors when they were in middle school. Some big boys and one, Kingsbury, that was already shaving by 9th grade. Guess it's probably cool to shave early but dang, it's gotta get old.
Do we like the beard, is it like Sampson, giving strength, should a shave be in the works.
Just kidding Chase, looking forward to meeting you after the Wagner game. Winner is at CEB this Friday.