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.