Winhawks Ice KoMets In Homecoming Win
Every once in a while, a game doesn’t go according to script. That was the case for the Winona Winhawks on Homecoming.
Winona fumbled on their first offensive play of the game, setting up the KoMets deep in Winhawk territory. Kasson-Mantorville did enough to set up Aaron Winkle for a 27-yard field goal, and the KoMets led 3-0 with 9:13 to go in the First Quarter.
It didn’t take long for the familiar Winhawks to appear, as Jackson Nibbelink took the second play of the ensuing drive, as a QB keeper, 68 yards down the field for a touchdown. Winona took a 6-3 lead with 8:20 still to go in the opening frame.
An emotional turn followed, when play was stopped a few minutes later. Peyton Head suffered a leg injury, and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. The rest of the night appeared to be bleak for the KoMets.
Once play resumed, the Winhawks picked up where they left off. Nibbelink found something that worked against the K-M defense, and scored again on a keeper, this one from 12 yards out, and the Winhawks completed the First Quarter with a 13-3 lead.
Nibbelink called his own number again on the next drive, and hit pay dirt from 16 yards out to grab a 20-3 lead.
Kasson-Mantorville wasn’t put away quite yet. KoMet signal called Peyton Wilke kept the ball on an option play, and scored a touchdown of his own just before Halftime, to turn it over to the band with the score 20-10 in favor of the Winhawks.
The KoMets made it interesting midway through the 3rd Quarter, when Wilke found Easton Knoll down the middle of the field for a 34-yard touchdown strike to pull K-M within points.
Winona felt the pain of injury just a few minutes later, when Winhawk all-time leading rusher Trevor Pomeroy exited the game with a knee injury. The Winhawks would expand their lead when Nibbelink connected with Dayne Gamoke for a 35-yard score to close out scoring in the 3rd Quarter.
The KoMets still had some life, as Wilke scored on a QB draw 4 minutes into the 4th Quarter, to close the gap to 3 again.
However, each of Kasson-Mantorville’s scoring drives took lots of time off the clock. They couldn’t strike fast, and when they turned the ball over late, on a fumble recovery by Cal Brinkman, the momentum went back to Winona. Sam Kanne got the final dagger, with a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:36 remaining in the game. Winona escaped with a 34-24 win.
The Winhawks (4-0) will travel to Austin (2-2) next week, while Kasson-Mantorville (2-2) will host Byron (2-2). Football Night on HBC will remain in Winona next week, as Cotter (0-4) celebrates their Homecoming against Hayfield (2-2). Watch live on HBC TV 25 on Friday, September 27 at 7pm.
Other Week 4 Scores:
Stewartville 36 St. Charles 22
Lake City 58 Red Wing 13
Rushford-Peterson 60 Cotter 0
P-E-M 28 Rochester Lourdes 0
Triton 34 Dover-Eyota 20
Hayfield 19 Wabasha-Kellogg 0
Lewiston-Altura 14 Fillmore Central 0