Football | Winona 29, Century 14
Panthers offense hampered by four interceptions
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
WINONA — Rochester Century finally found the end zone after six scoreless quarters to start the season, but the Panthers didn’t get there often enough.
Century fell behind 16-0 in the first half and lost 29-14 to Winona in a Big Nine Conference football game Friday night at Paul Giel Field.
Winona, which snapped a 37-game losing skid last season but still won only one game, is off to a 2-0 start, 1-0 in the Big Nine.
Century, a co-conference champion the past two seasons, is 0-2 and 0-1.
The Panthers had their hands full with the Winhawks running game, specifically senior back Chad Peterson.
Peterson scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one on a pass reception. He finished with 176 yards rushing, capped by a game-clinching 83-yard score with 6 minutes left in the game.
Peterson gave Winona an early lead on a 4-yard run to cap a scoring drive on the Winhawks’ opening drive. He scored again in the second quarter on a 3-yard run, after a long punt return put the ball deep in Century territory.
Century quarterback Kyle Menkosky had some success in his first varsity start, with a 39-yard touchdown strike over the middle to Joel DeGoey midway through the third quarter.
The Panthers closed Winona’s lead to 16-14 a few minutes later. Century pounced on a Winhawks fumble at the Winona 7 yard line, and Chad Zastrow scored on a 3rd-and-1 plunge.
Winona stretched its lead again on a 26-yard scoring pass from Joe Zimbric to Peterson, with Peterson pulling down the ball at the 5 yard line between three Century defenders.
Winona’s defense intercepted four Menkosky passes, including two in Winhawks territory. Senior safety Will Lueck had three of Winona’s interceptions.
Next Friday, Century is home against Austin (1-1), and Winona comes to Rochester to play John Marshall (1-1).
WINONA 29, CENTURY 14
Century 0 0 14 0 — 14
Winona 7 9 6 7 — 29
W — Chad Peterson 4 run (Jake Krackow kick), 9:01.
W — Peterson 3 run (kick failed), 5:00.
C — Joel DeGoey 39 pass from Kyle Menkosky (Zastrow run), 7:58.
C — Chad Zastrow 1 run (run failed), 2:28.
W — Peterson 26 pass from Zimbric (kick failed), 0:29.
W — Peterson 83 run (Krackow kick), 6:00.