Sczepanski reduce inside on his run and pulled out from a crowd, taking place the center of the sector for the rating. “I assumed I used to be going to be stopped for a loss on the play,” stated Sczepanski, who completed with a recreation-excessive 128 yards dashing. “It did not look good. However I broke a deal with close to the road and my blockers plowed via. The whole lot was clear after that. I did not get touched.”
The within transfer wasn’t typical for Sczepanski.
“He is extra of a fringe man,” PCW coach Darrin Byklum stated. “That is the place a lot of the performs for him are designed to go. However he confirmed some guts, taking it inside. He made an excellent learn. We talked about how, with all of the blitzing they have been doing, we needed to minimize inside.”
Polk County West had taken a 7-zero lead into halftime on a Josh Wagner eleven-yard landing run. After Tristan Johnson pulled the Warriors even on a 7-yard scoring run, Wagner scored from three yards out. The purpose-after kick failed, leaving the Thunder with a thirteen-7 benefit with forty five seconds left within the third.
Warroad went up 14-thirteen with 5:29 left when Max Gausen, put into the backfield in an influence package deal, scored on a 1-yard run.
“That is not Max’s first landing,” Warroad coach Gabe Richards stated. “We do not thoughts placing the large canine in for these conditions. He is a tough-nosed child.
“I used to be feeling good (after going forward) the best way our protection was enjoying.”
Polk County West almost turned the ball over on the profitable drive. Two performs earlier than Sczepanski’s landing run, he fumbled, however teammate Myles Smith recovered.
“I used to be simply glad to get one other probability, to redeem myself,” Sczepanski stated.
Byklum stated he wasn’t involved about time after Warroad went forward. “We simply had to stick with what we have been doing,” he stated. “We had three timeouts left. We felt no sense of urgency. We’d have scored too shortly.”
Warroad did reply. Sparked by Johnson completions overlaying 18 yards to Kip Knutson and 24 yards to Isaac Falk-Stoskopf, the Warriors drove to the PCW 19-yard line, however a Wagner interception with 36 seconds left iced the win.
Polk County West improved to 2-three whereas handing Warroad its first loss after 5 straight wins.