In their previous meeting, Cross Plains delivered Winters a punishing 28 - 7 defeat. Things didn't go nearly so well for Cross Plains this time around, however. Cross Plains was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap last week as it fell 34 - 28 to Winters on Friday, Nov. 3.

In their previous meeting, Cross Plains delivered Winters a punishing 28 - 7 defeat. Things didn't go nearly so well for Cross Plains this time around, however. Cross Plains was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap last week as it fell 34 - 28 to Winters on Friday, Nov. 3.

The win locked up a second place in district for the Blizzards, who are now 3-1. Last year, they were 0-5 at this time.

The hard work is paying off and Coach Matt McCarty said the Blizzards came out and fought hard against Cross Plains.

"The kids knew we were 31 point underdogs and they used that to their advantage," McCarty said. "We were able to keep the ball out of their hands during the first half which really helped and we were able to keep scoring during the second half. All I can say is that this was a great team win where everybody did their job and none of them ever gave up and just kept on fighting."

The standouts for this game, which brings Winters' record to 4-5, included Chris Diaz who had 24 rushes for 105 yards and made two touchdowns. Slater Lindley was also a standout with three rushes for 18 yards and one touchdown.

Winters's defense put the team in a good position heading into the break, holding Cross Plains to a measly zero points. That gave them a 14 - 0 advantage at the half. Even though the defense allowed 28 points in the second half, it wasn't enough to keep the team from victory.

Despite the defeat, Cross Plains won't want to forget the exciting 60-yard TD scramble from senior Kaiden Petree in the third quarter.

The loss dropped Cross Plains's record to 5-4. The win got Winters up to 4-5.

The two teams have their sights set on raising those records in their upcoming games. Winters will look to defend its home turf against Baird this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"We really need this win against Baird on Friday to help keep our momentum going," McCarty said. "Baird has a lot to play for and are a good team so we will have to play another good game this week to get to 4-1."

Meanwhile, Cross Plains will square off against Miles this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Information from MaxPreps was used for this report.