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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.

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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.

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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

First quarter

W — Chad Peterson 4 run (Jake Krackow kick), 9:01.

Second quarter

W — Peterson 3 run (kick failed), 5:00.

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Third quarter

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.

Fourth quarter

W — Peterson 83 run (Krackow kick), 6:00.

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