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Winnebago falls to St. Joseph-Ogden in Saturday season opener

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Winnebago opened its season the day after our inaugural 2015 edition of Friday Night Football, losing a 36-20 Week 1 decision to St. Joseph-Ogden.

The Indians and Spartans played it close to the vest throughout the first half. Jess Smith and Justin Spickler connected for an early touchdown to tie the game 8-8 early on before the Spartans opened a 20-8 lead. Winnebago responded immediately on the first play of their next drive, unleashing Austin Leitzinger for an 80-yard touchdown run.

The Indians would get as close as 28-20 in the second half, but didn't have enough to keep up with the 6th-ranked team in the 3A poll. Winnebago travels to Harvard for a Big Northern crossover matchup in Week 2.

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