On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Junior High traveled to Milford to take on the Pioneers from Okoboji. The 7th Grade team started strong and brought their season record to 4-0-1 defeating the Pioneers 40-14. Leading the numerous running backs for the Warriors with two touchdowns were Kaleb Sleezer (35 and 55 yards) and Caleb Renteria (24 and 18 yards). Jacob Hull also added to the tough running game scoring from 18 yards out. A newcomer to the backfield, Aden Henrich added the two point conversion. Cooper Siebrecht and Barritt Kolpin also contributed with long rushing gains, one of which was called back for a penalty. Jaden Henrichs (4 carries) and Robert Klingborg (2 carries) rounded out the running backs for the Warriors. However, quarterback Carson Kruger did hit a 35 yard touchdown passed which was pulled in one handed by Ricky Pizano to complete all the scoring for the Warriors. Defensively, the Warriors were led by Caleb Renteria's hard hitting 10 tackles. The defense was a team effort and shows in the numerous tacklers with 5 or more tackles. They were as follows, Jacob Hull (6 tackles), Tristan Janssen (6), Collin Johnson (6), Cooper Siebrecht, (5), Carson Kruger (5), and Cory Goodwin (5). Barritt Kolpin, Thomas Kueny, Alex Snyder, Aden Henrichs, and Ricky Pizano also had tackles for the Warriors. "It was a great team win, and the guys played with great enthusiasm and energy in the cold, windy conditions." said Coach Fry.
The second game found the 8th grade Warriors picking up where the 7th grade left off. The Warriors came out strong and runningback Jared Weiland started the rushing attack with a 75 yard touchdown run on the very first play of the game. The two point conversion was added by Skylar Solko and the Warriors led 8-0. Offensively, the Warriors offensive lineman (John Tuttle, Parker Nelson, Jordan Wendel, Alex Sangwin, Nick O'Bannon, Jason Hinkeldey, Chris Langner, Spensor Fast, Austin Williamson, and Tristan Janssen) all did a great job blocking so Jared Weiland could add on four more touchdown runs of 80, 65, 35, and one of 55 yards to start the second half. In the second half, it was Skylar Solko and John Tuttle who did most of the running. Skylar Solko found the endzone with a 30 yard run through the middle of the Pioneer offense making the final score 38-0. Additionally, Ryan Radke completed a 25 yard first down pass to Jason Hinkeldey on 3rd and 22 backed up on their own 7 yard line. Defensively, the Warriors were led in tackles by Parker Nelson with 12 tackles. Following closely were Skylar Solko and Ryan Radke with 10 apiece. Another leader was Jared Weiland with 9 tackles and an interception. However, like the younger Warriors, it was a great team effort and Jordan Wendel and John Tuttle had 8 tackles as well, one of which was a big quarterback sack by Wendel. Other notable tacklers were Jason Hinkeldey (6), Nick O'Bannon (5), and Austin Williamson (3).
"It seemed like our guys played harder in the cold weather," said Coach Stevicks. And play harder they did, , the Warriors finished the game with a strong defensive effort bringing their season record to 5-1.