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September 6, 2013

Shake-up in the MWC

No. 3 Winamac hosts NW; Pioneer looks to get back on track

Winamac is looking to return to the top of the Midwest Conference after ending Pioneer’s long MWC winning streak last weekend.

After beating Pioneer the Warriors are now the team to beat in the conference.

But as longtime coach Tim Roth put it: “That win won’t mean anything if we don’t play well again against the Vikings.”

The Warriors (2-0, 1-0 MWC) host North White (2-0, 1-0) tonight.

North White also has two lopsided wins to its credit to start the year. The Vikings defeated Taylor 52-20 in Week 1 and Tri-County 40-0 in Week 2.

“They’re 2-0 and score a lot of points,” Roth said. “We may have our hands full. They’re not as big as we are but they’ve got a lot of quickness we’ve seen on film.

“The [Luke] Diener kid has moved from tailback to quarterback. He’s pretty elusive. Their offensive is pretty simple. It’s a lot of single-back reads with him. They want the ball in his hands as much as possible. It’s kind of like what Pioneer did with the [Sam] Kiser kid. From that standpoint if we shut down Diener we’ll shut down North White.”

The Warriors defeated Pioneer 34-8 last week, their first win over the Panthers in 12 years. In fact it was just the Panthers’ second loss in MWC play over the last 12 years and first since 2006.

Winamac’s reward for the win was the league’s traveling trophy in football, The Bull. The trophy had been in the Panthers’ hands for so long, if they would have kept it no one would have probably known.

“We didn’t even know there was a traveling trophy until we got that on Saturday. We had a couple seniors go, ‘what’s this?’ It’s been with Pioneer so long nobody even knew it was there,” Roth said.

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