As the game was to begin last Friday, a poof of white powder flew up in the air in the Sioux Falls Lincoln fan section, followed by a loud roar and a lot of arm-waving, high-fiving and hugging by Patriot fans. The white powder flying thrust into the air was the Patriot fans' play, I suspect, on Lebron James' pre-game NBA ritual (originated by Michael Jordan). Regardless it signaled that prep football indeed has its pomp and circumstance and that students make these games worthy events to attend as they let their hair down a bit as they cheer their team to victory.
While the Patriots eventually fell to top-ranked Sioux Falls Washington, these students showed many of us, including the gathered group in the new press box digs at Howard Wood Field, football is a sport to enjoy and a venue to have fun, whether in Sioux Falls, or any of the host sites in the area.
As the games played out this past weekend, fans throughout the region were treated to a series of special performance. Here are a few example (more in the highlights below)
~ Brandon Valley standout wide receiver/defensive back Matthew VandeBerg put a charge into the Pigskin Classic in Brandon with a 105-yard interception return, which set a school record. With two picks for 133 yards, he now has 16 in his brilliant career. He also caught two passes for 34 yards, including a 22-yard pitch and catch from Chase Marso.
~ The Sioux Falls Washington and Sioux Falls Roosevelt defenses played shutdown games. Lincoln managed just 87 total yards on the Warriors while O'Gorman had just 107 vs. Roosevelt.
~ Ryan Knutson put together the top rushing performance of the season by rushing for a school record 303 yards and a school-record six TDs.
~ Darin Wieseler of Faulkton rushed for 237 yards in a 33-14 loss to 9AA #4 Potter County.
~ Jaden Bartling of Gregory had a career night by scoring a combined seven TDs and racking up 410 yards in total offense (202 passing, 208 rushing). He had five rushing TDs and two through the air.
~ #1A Boyden Hull-Rock Valley ended Emmetsburg's 39-game winning streak with a 34-14 win, keyed by quarterback Brandt Van Roekel, who completed 13-of-23 passes for 200 yards and three TDs, plus galloped 89 yards on the ground.
Canistota Puts 25-game Win Streak on Line
Canistota, top-ranked in 9A, will put its 25-game winning streak on the line against 9AA #1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, which has an 11-game winning streak, when the teams face each other in the FCA Bowl at USF Stadium in Sioux Falls. In 11B, Tri-Valley has won 14 in a row. Waverly-South Shore, the defending 9B champion, had a 13-game winning streak come to an end in a 34-14 loss to 9AA Clark/Willow Lake.
Rivalry Matchups and More Highlight Week 3 Schedule
In week three, the area will be treated to plenty of top games, including a #1 vs. #1 matchup when rivals Canistota of 9A and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan of 9AA meet in the FCA Bowl at USF Stadium at 8 p.m. on Friday evening. Another FCA Bowl matchup includes 9A Gregory against 9B #5 Avon at 1 p.m. The third FCA Bowl game is at 4 p.m. between 11B #3 Flandreau and Sioux Falls Christian. Brookings will take a 2-0 mark into its matchup with #2 Brandon Valley on Friday in Brookings. 9B #1 Viborg-Hurley will travel to play 2-0 Parker while Potter County hosts Eureka-Bowdle in another tough matchup. In 11A, two traditional rivals, #1 Dell Rapids faces #2 West Central at Hartford on Friday night. Then, we have the President's Bowl matchups with SF Lincoln facing SF Roosevelt (7 p.m.) and Sioux Falls O'Gorman meeting SF Washington (4 p.m.) in a doubleheader at Howard Wood Stadium on Saturday.
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Here is a look back at the opening week, including all the ranked teams in the KSFY/KWSN poll. The reviews are broken down according to class
KSFY-KWSN Rankings -- 1. SF Washington 2. Brandon Valley 3. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 4. Sioux Falls Lincoln 5. Yankton
#1 Sioux Falls Washington (2-0) was sparked by senior Nate Gerry, who had a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD to open the second half in the Warriors 32-7 win over rival Lincoln (1-1). Sam Cooke had 20 carries for 109 yards and an eight-yard TD run for the Warriors, which now has won 59 of the past 67 games over five-plus seasons. Dan Marlette had seven carries for 71 yards and a four yard TD run. Luke Reiter added 7 carries for 22 yards and a one-yard TD for the Warriors, which recorded 47 carries for 198 yards on the ground. Jon Hander completed 8-of-21 passes for 57 yards. Gerry also had two receptions for 21 yards and three carries for five yards. Washington's defense was dominating, allowing just one TD, recording two sacks and holding Lincoln to 87 total yards, including just 44 yards on 33 carries.
#2 Brandon Valley (2-0) won again led by senior quarterback Chase Marso, who completed 6-of-14 passes for 133 yards and two TDs in a 55-13 win over Watertown in the Pigskin Classic at Brandon on Saturday. Matthew Vandeberg had two catches for 34 yards and a TD while returning an interception for a school-record 105 yards. Nate Winter caught a pair of passes for 84 yards and a TD. A.J. Garrow also had a 32-yard TD reception. Tony Tripp had seven carries for 106 yards and a 53-yard scoring run. BV led Watertown, 34-7 at halftime and scored on four TD drives of three plays or less.
#3 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (2-0), led by sophomore Taryn Christion with two TDs, moved to 2-0 with a 19-7 win over the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights at the Dakota Bowl on Saturday. Christion was 11-of-19 for 149 yards with a two-yard TD run and 31-yard TD pass to Lucas Wilbur (2 rec, 53 yards) on an acrobatic play. Christion added 18 carries on 58 yards, which gives him 103 rush yards in two weeks. Roosevelt also leaned on Seth Bjordahl, who had 16 carries for 50 yards Roosevelt had 257 yards in total offense, including 108 yards on 34 carries against a tough O'Gorman defense. The Rough Riders defense was dominating holding O'G to 107 yards in total offense, including just 91 yards on the ground.
#4 SF Lincoln (1-1) dropped a 32-7 decision to top-ranked Washington as they were able to produce 87 total yards on offense (33 att., 43 yards rushing, 44 passing). Connor Burchill completed just 4-of-13 passes for 44 yards with a TD and pick. His 29-yard TD pass to Dylan Bartow at 4:33 of the third quarter pulled Lincoln within 19-7. Trevor Naasz had one reception for nine yards and Bartow, 3-35-TD. SF Washington led 7-0 at halftime as the Patriots defense was disruptive, creating pressure. Then Nate Gerry broke a 90-yard kickoff return and gradually Washington's rush game wore down the Pats front seven. Caden Quintanilla added 10 carries for 53 yards.
#5 Yankton (2-0) rolled to a 30-7 win over Huron led by Evan Schroeder who had 21 carries for 152 yards and a TD. He also had four catches for 72 yards, totaling 224 total yards. Senior quarterback Michael Rucker, who scored ona one-yard run, completed 8-of-19 passes for 101 yards to surpass Mike Stotz on the Yankton career passing list (2,336 from 1997-99) and become Yankton's top passer (2,409). Yankton forced five turnovers including a pick 6 by Kelby LaCroix. Yankton had 319 total yards on offense, inclding 205 on the ground. Yankton's James Hisek had six carries for 47 yards. In two weeks, the Bucks have forced nine turnovers in two ESD wins. The Tigers were held to 187 yards of total offense, scoring on a a 63-yard touchdown reception by Andy Reimer from QB Adam Zwanziger, who completed 10-of-21 passes for 130 yards with a TD and three interceptions.
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Brookings (2-0), which received support in the KSFY/KWSN poll, rolled to a 28-0 win over Mitchell behind the running of Mikey Daniel, who had 15 carries for 228 yards and three TDs, one of which was a 98-yard TD jaunt. Senior quarterback Kaleb Vig was 7-20 for 97 yards). In two games Brookings has outscored two ESD opponents, 59-14 and face #2 Brandon Valley on Friday. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (0-2), which took an early 7-0 lead on a Blake Hilmoe to Austin Pharis 16-yard TD pass, lost to Roosevelt, 19-7, in the Dakota Bowl at HWF. The Knights, which dropped out of the top five, lost the services of Tanner Schulte early in the first half, which slowed down the offense. Roosevelt led, 9-7, at the halftime break. Nic Steffl had 22 carries for 72 yards to lead a OG attack that struggled on offense after Schulte was hurt. Schulte had five carries for 19 yards and the Knights produced just 91 yards on 40 carries. As the Knights regroup and try to find more offense, which produced just 107 total yards against Roosevelt, they have an encounter with #1 SF Washington at the President's Bowl on Saturday at Howard Wood Field. Pierre (1-1) rebounded from a defeat to Yankton (27-21) to defeat Aberdeen Central, 37-7 as QB Alex Grey threw two TDs passes (86, 21) and Austin Wagner had 13 carries for 111 yards. Grey was 3-of-10 for 115 yards and the two scores. Matthew Svendsen added 12 carries for 72 yards while Austin Christopherson had two receptions for 107 yards including the 86-yard scoring toss from Grey. Watertown (1-1) lost to Brandon Valley (55-13) and were led by quarterback Logan Gabriel who completed 9-of-14 passes for 132 yards and a TD. Tanner Heiser had three catches for 91 yards and a 65-yard TD pass. Shay Bratland had 16 carries for 60 yards and a 33-yard TD run.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings -- 1. Dell Rapids. 2 West Central 3. Dakota Valley 4. Tea Area 5. Spearfish
#1 Dell Rapids (1-0), which will travel to #2 West Central next week, rolled to a season-opening victory over 11B Canton (0-2) as Cole Langer had nine carries for 97 yards rushing and TDs runs of seven and 39 yards. He also led the Quarriers defense with 13 tackles. Matt Kolbeck, who was starting his first game, completed 3-of-7 passes for 83 yards. He threw a 49-yard TD strike to tight end Bryce Koch. Dell Rapids showed a deep and talented running back corps, including Lane LeBrun, who had 12 carries for 51 yards and a two-yard TD run; Brett Nichols, who had nine carries for 39 yard and a four-yard TD run ; and Michael McGee, who had three carries for 34 yards and a 13-yard TD run. Overall, Dell Rapids' ground attack produced 292 yards on 51 carries with 375 yards in total offense.
#2 West Central (2-0) won for the second straight game, handling Madison (0-2), 35-7. Kent Mueller's Trojans own a 70 to 7 points advantage over opponents in two weeks of play. The vaunted West Central rushing attack was led by Anthony Leuth with 21 carries for 125 yards and a TD. Cody Miller added eight carries for 66 yards rushing and two TDs while QB Noah Matson completed 3-of-4 passes for 63 yards passing and a TD. Lueth had two catches for 59 yards. West Central led 14-0 at half. Madison's Rush Milne had 148 yards rushing and a TD.
#3 Dakota Valley (2-0) was led by Tanner Lambert had 17 carries for 146 yards and a TD to lead Dakota Valley past Beresford, 35-0. The Panthers rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries and had 295 yards in total offense. In two games, the Panthers have 87 carries for 609 yards rushing or 304.5 per game. Quarterback Aaron Likness completed 6-of-17 passes for 59 yards and two TDs. Andrew Reiff had both a 48-yard punt return TD and a 36-yard interception return for a TD. Oliver Doeden threw for 104 yards but had four interceptions against Dakota Valley. The Panthers will play at Canton on Friday.
#4 Tea Area (2-0) rolled to a 41-0 win over Lennox on Friday to move their record to 2-0. Taylor Roeman was 6-of-10 passing for 164 yards and two TDs Roeman also had a 28-yard TD run. Chase Deckert had four TDs, including two rushing along with 56 yards rushing and two scores through the air and 28 yards. Gunnar Ensz had 54 yards rushing and a TD while Riley Knutson added 64 yards on the ground.
#5 Spearfish (1-1) rolled to a 38-0 win over Rapid City Stevens as they rebounded from a 7-0 loss in week one to 11B #4 St. Thomas More (1-1). Spearfish, which built a 32-0 halftime lead, was led by Brandon Kemp who completed 8-of-10 passes for 118 yards and two TDs while rushing five times for 64 yards (9 carries for 80 yards for season). Nate Rotert had 11 carries for 171 yards (25 att., 227 yards).
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Harrisburg (1-1) dropped a 36-22 decision to Luverne, Minn., as Wyatt Aubert rushed seven times for 35 yards with TD runs (2, 4). Luverne, which implemented a two quarterback system with seniors Skyler Wenninger and Heronimus, to roll up 392 yards in total offense (233 rushing yards, 159 yards passing). Heronimus completed 6-of-9 passes for 90 yards and a 32-yard TD pass to Matt Arends and rushed 12 times for 45 yards and a two-yard run. Wenninger had nine carries for 54 yards and completed 3-of-8 passesf or 69 yards. Gunnar Olson added six carries for 84 yards and a 51-yard TD run for Luverne, which led 13-7 at halftime and 21-14 in the fourth quarter. Harrisburg had 209 total yards, including 106 yards passing from Andrew McCuen, who had TD passes of tw0 yards to Devyn Schriever and 9 and 34 yards to Trevor Deschepper. Milbank Area (1-0) rolled to a 40-27 win over Redfield/Doland as Spencer Folk had 15 carries for 152 yards and three TDs (5, 41, 52). Barrett Loehrer, who had 11 tackles on defense, had nine carries for 147 yards with TD runs of six and 13 yards. Taylor Boerger completed 8-of-15 passes for 210 yards with a TD and a pick. He threw an 82-yard scoring toss to all-state receiver Andy Buchele, who finished with four catches for 159 yards. Milbank totaled 528 yards in total offense, including 32 carries for 318 yards rushing. Redfield/Doland was led by Landon Rohlfs with 29 carries for 187 yards and a TD. Sisseton (1-0) edged Groton Area, 18-15, as Darin Peterson completed 8-of-14 passes for 144 yards and a TD while rushing for 50 yards on 19 carries and a score. Groton Area (0-2) has lost two games by a combined (14-13 to Roncalli) four points in two weeks. Sisseton, which had 302 yards in total offense, was led by Trevor Archer with five carries for 81 yards, including a 76-yard scoring run. Jordan Cornelius had three receptions for 76 yards. Groton Area was led by Parker Rossow, who completed 11-of-27 passes for 126 yards and two TDs. Kasey Kurtz had another strong defensive effort for Groton Area with nine tackles and a sack.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Tri-Valley 2. Winner 3. Flandreau 4. Aberdeen Roncalli 5. Garretson.
#1 Tri-Valley (2-0), led by Logan Koopman, who had 13 carries for 180 yards and two TDs (5, 76), edged past Garretson, 16-8, on the road. It was Tri-Valley's 14th straight victory. Garretson, led by Matt Johnson's 16 carries for 61 yards and TD, led 8-0 before the top-ranked Mustangs rallied. With the game tied at 8-8, Koopman, who has 318 yards rushing this season, took an inside handoff and took it the distance for a 76-yard scoring run. Logan Otto had six carries for 59 yards for Tri-Valley, who has rushed for 527 yards on 79 carries in two games. Garretson turned the ball over on the TV's 20, 14, and 11 yard line after attempting to convert fourth downs. Late in the game, quarterback Patrick Whetham converted a pass play to Jesse Brockhouse to move them to the Tri-Valley 20-yard line with 1:25 to play. However, Garretson was stopped.
#2 Winner (2-0) rolled past St. Thomas More, 58-19, with a rushing attack that produced 329 yards rushing on 56 carries. Senior running back Kyle Bertram had 13 carries for 113 yards and four TDs. Bertram also caught a 41-yard TD reception with three rushing TDs. Ben Connot had another solid game for the Warriors, rushing 14 times for 74 yards and 13-yard TD run. Trace Mayer added 13 carries for 58 yards while recording eight tackles and an interception on defense. Isaiah Old Lodge continued his big play ability with a 59-yard pitch and catch with Fritz, who this season has six combined TDs, with 16 carries for 88 yards (four rush TDs) and has completed 4-of-8 passes for 132 yards and two TDs
#3 Flandreau (2-0) unleashed a devastating ground attack and a shutdown defense to pick up a win. In the 49-0 win over defending 11B runner-up McCook Central/Montrose, the Fliers rushed for 369 yards on 46 carries. In two games, they have 89 rushes for 739 yards or 369.5 per game. Since trailing Deuel Area 14-0 in the first quarter in week one, Flandreau has outscored its opponents, 85-8. In the win over MC/M, Mitchell Foster had seven carries for 114 yards and three TDs. Jacob Patterson added 11 carries for 64 yards and a TD while David Parsley had five rushes for 88 yards and a TD (14 att., 148 yards, 2 TDs on the season. Quarterback Jace Christiansen completed 4-of-5 passes for 73 yards and a TD while rushing seven times for 28 yards. Defensively, Flandreau was led by Kyle Scofield with seven tackles and Carter Ziebach with 10 tackles (21 on the season).
#4 Aberdeen Roncalli (2-0) ran past Mobridge/Pollock, 36-0. Roncalli's defense was stout again and allowed just 13 points this season. They recorded a safety, blocked a punt and held Mobridge/Pollock to 29 yards rushing on 25 carries and 35 yards passing. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers offense featured a rushing attack that produced 253 yards on 37 carries. Lucas Lorenz had 17 carries for 102 yards and caught a five-yard TD reception. Dalton Cox added 15 carries for 94 yards while Matt Swallow had 10 rushes for 69 yards and three TDs, including a three-yard run. He also had three catches for 52 yards with TD receptions of 15 and 21 yards. Aberdeen Roncalli quarterback Zach Lundquist completed 8-of-15 passes for 101 yards and a pick.
#5 Garretson (1-1) put a scare into #1 Tri-Valley, losing 16-8, at home. Sophomore running back Matt Johnson led Garretson with 16 carries for 70 yards and TD. Overall, the Blue Dragons had 321 yards on total offense against Tri-Valley. Senior Cody Bonte added 21 carries for 67 yards with Brady Mudder providing 11 carries for 49 yards and Austin Matthiesen added six carries for 49 yards. Quarterback Patrick Whetham completed 6-of-14 passes for 86 yards. What might have been? Garretson had four possessions in the red zone, producing just eight total points and turning the ball over on downs three times.
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St. Thomas More (1-1), which dropped out of the KSFY-KWSN rankings but still maintained support, dropped a 58-31 decision to #2 Winner. Jake Sullivan had the best passing performance, regardless of class during the weekend, completing 18-of-32 passes for 285 yards and two TDs (15, 26). He also had 15 carries for 52 yards and TD runs of one and four yards. Witt Dobesh had a 15-yard TD run for STM which faces Douglas at home on Sept. 7. Canton (0-2), has lost to the top-ranked teams in 11B (Tri-Valley, 41-23) and 11A after losing to Dell Rapids, 39-7. Now they host Dakota Valley, #3 in 11A, on Friday. Deuel (1-1) rebounded from a 36-22 setback to #3 Flandreau by handing Sioux Valley (0-2), a 28-14 defeat. Deuel Area lost starting quarterback Lincoln Swenson to injury in the third quarter and put in wide receiver Justin Cassels, who completed 7-of-12 passes for 129 yards and two TDs. Swenson had 11 carries for 120 yards and was 3-of-7 for 67 yards and two TDs (8, 24), before leaving the game. Trevor Cassels had six receptions for 152 yards and three TDs as he continues to shine as one of the top receivers in the state, regardless of class. T. Cassels had TD receptions of eight, 24 and 54 yards. Bill Greber led the defense with 11 tackles while Ryan Damm had 11 tackles and two TFLs and Curt Boeke had eight tackles and a pair of TFLs. Through two games Deuel Area is averaging 333.5 yards of total offense, including 112.5 on the ground and 221 through the air . Webster Area (1-0) rolled to a 37-0 win over Britton/Hecla as Andy Rithmiller had 22 carries for 164 yards and two TDs plus a 16-yard TD reception. Jared McClurg had 16 carries for 65 yards and a TD while Reid Valsvig completed 5-of-11 passes for 79 yards and a TD. They held B/H to 26 yards rushing and 137 yards passing.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 2. Kimball/White Lake 3. Deubrook Area. 4. Potter County 5. Howard
#1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1-0) was off this week. The Seahawks, which has an 11-game winning streak, will meet 9A #1 Canistota (1-0) in the FCA Bowl on Friday in Sioux Falls.
#2 Kimball/White Lake (2-0) recorded an impressive 44-16 decision over Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central. The WiLdKats received six carries for 143 yards and two TDs (5, 61) from Trevor Reinesch, who also had three receptions for 34 yards. Jacob Hirsch added seven rushes for 49 yards and two TDs (3,15) while Jesse Taylor completed 6-of-9 passes for 76 yards and a TD (20). In two weeks, Reinesch has 19 carries for 278 yards and four TDs, three of 59 or longer (59, 61, 65). Kirsch had 20 carries for 149 yards and three TDs. Taylor has completed 12-of-15 passes for 222 yards and four passing TDs. He also has a 65 yard rush TD.
#3 Deubrook Area (1-0) looked like the #3 team in 9AA with its 55-26 win over 9A Colman-Egan. The Dolphins, which totaled 434 yards in total offense were led by Ryan Knutson, who had 15 carries for 303 yards, setting single game school records for yardage and total TDs. Knutson scored on runs of 53, 5, 4, 49, 53, and 82 in leading Deubrook Area to 407 yards on the ground on 34 attempts. Riley Hanson had a 60-yard punt return TD. Dalton Kruse added seven carries for 76 yards, including a 53-yard TD run, for Deubrook Area, which led 35-0 at halftime. Tyler Jensen had eight tackles for Deubrook while Clark had 11 for CE.
#4 Potter County (1-0) defeated Faulkton Area, 33-12. Despite the absence of star quarterback Tate Nafziger, the Battlers scored 21 fourth quarter points to win. Hayden Simon had 14 carries for 74 yards and a TD as well as a 21-yard TD interception return. Tanner Heuer, who had two receptions for 92 yards including a 64-yard TD catch, also returned a pick for a TD, going 35 yards. Chayce Hall stepped in at quarterback and completed 6-of-13 passes for 236 yards with one pick and a TD throw. He also had a three-yard TD run. Darin Wieseler of Faulkton had a huge day with 27 carries for 237 yards and a 68-yard scoring run.
#5 Howard (0-1), which lost to 9A #1 Canistota, 20-16, in week one, was off this week. They will host Chester Area, a 48-42 winner over Mt. Vernon.
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Miller (1-0) rolled past Stanley County, 35-0, on Friday. Gregory (2-0) recorded a 48-20 win over Colome (1-1), as Jaden Bartling accounted for 410 yards in total offense and seven TDs. Bartling had 18 carries for 208 yards with five TD runs of 65, 24, 6, 17, 10 and threw TD passes of two and eight yards. He was 11-of-18 for 202 yards. Andre Taggart had six receptions for 113 yards and two TDs (2, 8). Overall Gregory had 53 carries for 374 yards rushing and a total of 576 yards in total offense. Colome's Terrance Kinzer had 11 carries for 95 yards and a TD pass (3-of-5 36 yards) as well as 16 tackles. Elkton-Lake Benton (1-0) had three players, including two defensive lineman, return interceptions for TDs in a 49-0 win over Oldham-Ramona-Rutland. Jake Van Dyke had a 25-yard interception TD return while Brady Carmody had a 25-yard interception TD return and Tyler Schindler had a 29-yard pick-six as E/LB had a rare three score defensive night. Nick Delaney, who had eight carries for 57 yards and TDs of 7 and 10 yards rushing, had 12 tackles and a sack. Trevan Farnham also connected with Heath Schindler on a 31-yard TD strike. Parker (2-0) defeated Centerville, 36-6 on Friday, as Blake Reynolds had 11 carries for 136 yards and a 59-yard scoring run while Seth Dykstra added nine carries for 56 yards and two TDs (1, 10). Leola-Frederick (1-0) defeated Ipswich/Edmunds Central, 46-16, as Derek Podall had four catches for 112 yards and a TD while Brian Sumption had nine carries for 54 yards and two TDs. For Ipswich/Edmunds Central, Lane Meyer completed 26-of-36 passes for 234 yards with three interceptions and a TD. Brayden Thares had 12 carries for 118 yards and TD. Tri-State (1-1) defeated Florence-Henry, 52-0, as Dylan Lick completed 7-of-11 passes for 184 yards and four TDs (35, 30, 45, 51). Dexter Lick had eight carries for 65 yards and a five-yard TD as well as an 85-yard punt return. Matthew Wieseler caught three passes for 125 yards and TDs of 30, 45, and 51.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Canistota 2. Corsica/Stickney 3. Irene-Wakonda 4. Hanson 5. Warner
#1 Canistota (1-0), which opened with a 20-16 win to extend its winning streak to 25 games, will face 9AA #1 Bridgewater-Emery.Ethan (1-0) at the FCA Bowl at USF Stadium in Sioux Falls on Friday.
#2 Corsica/Stickney (1-0) defeated Menno, 50-0, in a game ended in the third quarter due to the mercy rule. Quarterback Adam Bormann led the Jaguars by rushing 12 times for 88 yards and a TD. He also completed 5-of-6 passes for 75 yards and TD throws of 14 and 34 yards. Gunnar BaanHofman rushed eight times for 100 yards with a 32-yard TD run and a 34-yard TD reception. Corsica/Stickney had 393 yards in total offense, including 318 on the ground.
#3 Irene/Wakonda (2-0), led by quarterback Dustin Livingston, recorded a 48-0 win over Marion and now has outscored two opponents 92-7 in the two wins. Livingston had two carries for 67 yards and two TDs along with a 45-yard punt return for a score and a 51-yard interception return for a TD. Garrett Anderson had 58 yards rushing and a 39-yard TD run.
#4 Hanson (2-0) recorded a second consecutive win, turning back 9B #3 Avon, 30-14, in Hanson on Friday. Jacob Paradeis led a strong ground attack for Hanson by rushing 13 times for 91 yards and two TDs (1, 10) while Jordan Marquardt had 17 carries for 96 yards and a nine yard TD. Quarterback Tyler Pringle completed 3-of-4 passes for 100 yards and a TD. Mason Mayer had two receptions for 86 yards and a 56-yard TD reception.
#5 Warner (1-0), which opened with a 22-8 win over Wolsey/Wessington (1-1), was off this week. Warner will face Hitchcock/Tulare (1-1), which lost a 22-20 decision to Wolsey/Wessington last Friday.
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Colman/Egan (0-1) fell from the 9A rankings after a 55-26 loss to 9AA #3 Deubrook Area. Haiden Schmidt had 12 carries for 115 yards rushing and a 41-yard TD run while Riley Clark had 20 carries for 74 yards and two TDs (3, 65). Wilmot (2-0) received votes in this week's KSFY-KWSN rankings but was just out of the top-five. Wilmot defeated Waubay/Summit (0-2), 44-24, as quarterback Austin Hulscher completed 4-of-7 passes for 176 yards with a TD pass of 92 yards to Landon Hammer. Hammer, who also had a 35-yard TD run, caught three passes for 169 yards and a TD (92). Also for Wilmot, Chase Bronson had 14 carries for 135 yards and a 69-yard TD run. Bronson also had a 40-yard punt return for a TD. Colton Schaefer had a 54-yard TD run. David Rudebusch had three receptions for 99 yards and a TD for Waubay/Summit. Herreid/Selby (1-0) rolled to a 76-6 win over Timber Lake as Austin Iverson had three TDs (6,4, 45), Cooper Schaefbauer scored twice (11, 35) and Nick Larson had a 60-yard TD run. Andes Central (1-0) rushed its way to a 50-12 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour as three players had more than 90 yards on the ground. Zach Cournoyer had 97 yards while Gabe Cournoyer added 92 and quarterback Brian Bruguier had 92.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Viborg-Hurley 2. Harding County 3. Castlewood 4. Langford Area 5. Avon
#1 Viborg-Hurley (2-0), led by 127 yards rushing and four TDs from Tyler Gerdes picked up a 44-0 win over Baltic. Tyler Jacobson added 83 yards rushing and a TD while Tyler Novak had 75 yards rushing. V-H, which owns a 94-14 overall scoring advantage over two opponents, will face 2-0 Parker next week.
#2 Harding County (2-0) ran past Newell, 53-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. HC has outscored opponents 100 to 0 in a pair of shutout wins. They have 865 yards in total offense in two games or 432.5 per game. The bulk of that offense has been on the ground rushing 38 times for 282 yards in a week one win over Dupree and then putting up 24 carries for 326 rushing yards against Newell. Jess Feist completed 7-of-8 passes for 123 yards and a TD while rushing seven times for 173 yards and two TDs. Ckyler Floyd had six receptions for 120 yards and a TD vs. Newell. As for the running backs, Steve Koch had six carries for 37 yards and a pair of TDs while Windom Hewsom had four carries for 89 yards.
#3 Castlewood (1-0), led by Lucas Ching, who threw for 257 yards and five TDs, defeated Lake Preston, 56-6 on Friday night. Case Wiorda had 108 yards receiving and caught three TDs (25, 34, 49 yards). while Carson Borer had 60 yards rushing. Castlewood, which led 36-0 at halftime, totaled 431 yards in total offense. They will host DR St. Mary. Lake Preston was led by Jaden Denison with 115 yards rushing and a TD.
#4 Langford Area (2-0), directed by veteran coach Paul Raasch, has opened with a pair of victories, outscoring two opponents, 102-40. In week one they had a 36-12 win over Sunshine BIble Academy and last week rolled to a 66-28 win over Northwestern Area. After an open date this week, they will face Wolsey-Wessington (1-1) on the road.
#5 Avon (1-1) dropped a 30-14 decision to 9A Hanson. Avon rushed for 140 yards and had 21 yards passing Brandon Kocmich had scoring runs of two and 19 yards and also had 16 tackles. Devon Tolsma had 14 tackles. Avon will face Gregory in the FCA Bowl in Sioux Falls (@ USF Stadium) next week.
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Hitchcock/Tulare (1-1) fell from the KSFY-KWSN rankings after dropping a 22-20 decision to Wolsey-Wessington (1-1) in overtime. Cole Chaplin had 26 carries for 99 yards and a TD to lead H/T. Ryne Johnson, who had 13 tackles on defense, had 11 carries for 56 yards and a TD for Wolsey/Wessington, while Hayden Hooks recorded 16 tackles for W/W. Sully Buttes (1-0) opened the season with a 36-0 win over Highmore-Harrold (0-2). Jace Anderson had 12 carries for 72 yards while Josh Lamb had 11 carries for 53 yards. Shiloh Perkins had four carries for 58 yards and two TDs (20, 30).
Class 2A #1 Boyden-Hull Rock Valley rolled to a 34-14 win over Emmetsburg as quarterback Brandt VanRoeker completed 13-of-23 passes for 200 yards and three TDs. He had TD throws of 3, 8 and 3 yards. Van Roekel also had 16 carries for 89 yards. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley won the non-district contest to move to 2-0 on the season. They also ended Emmetsburg's 39-game winning streak, which had been the 15th longest in Iowa state history. The E-Hawks, ranked second in 1A, were trying for their third 40-game win streak in its history and suffered its first loss since 2007. Van Roekel connected with Jared Hanson on a 31-yard TD, Colin Bolkema on eight yard strike and Andrew Van Ginkel on a three-yard TD pass. Hanson finished with two receptions for 109 yards. West Lyon (2-0) rolled past Sioux Center, 47-18, as Kaleb Heyer had eight carries for 87 yards and three TDs. He scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone, a 42-yard run and a nine-yard pass from Brandon Snyder, who also threw a 20-yard TD to Jacob Yemer and had a 16-yard TD run for three combined TDs. Snyder had eight carries for 101 yards. West Lyon outgained Sioux Center, 321 to 194.
Adrian (1-0) defeated MACCRAY, 27-14, to give coach Randy Strand his 200th career win. Adrian jumped to a 20-0 lead at halftime. Jordan Dingmann had 22 carries for 132 yards and four TDs (9, 11, 7, 26) while Jake Tiede had 12 tackles on defense. Adrian had 355 yards in total offense with 305 through the rushing game.
Below, we have compiled various individual statistical performances for week 2 as well as for the season.
Jake Sullivan, St. Thomas More, 18-32-285-2 TDs (four overall)
Taylor Boerger, Milbank Area, 8-15-210-TD (82)
Lucas Ching, Castlewood, 12-17-257-5 TDs
Phil Bunkowske, Great Plains Lutheran, 12-of-18, 253 yards, 4 TDs (32, 4, 52, 13). 99 yards rushing, 2 TDs (7, 19).
Chayce Hall, Potter County, 6-13-236-2 TDs (3-yd run, 64-yd. pass)
Lane Myer, Ipswich/Edmunds Central, 26-36-234
Andrew King, Arlington, 6-of-9, 222 yards, 2 TDs (94, 66)
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 11-of-181`-202 yards, 2 TDs (2, 8)
Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 7-11-184-4 TDs (35, 30, 45, 51)
Austin Hulscher, Wilmot, 4-7-176-2 TDs (92-yd pass, 1 yd run)
Mikey Daniel, Brookings, 15-228-3 TDs (including 98-yard run)
Landon Rohlfs, Redfield/Doland, 29-187-TD (5)
Nate Rotert, Spearfish, 11-171
Andy Rithmiller, Webster Area, 22-164-2 TDs (16 yd. rec., 7 yd. run)
Evan Schroeder, Yankton, 21-152-TD
Spencer Folk, Milbank Area, 15-152-3 TDs (5, 41, 52)
Barrett Loehrer, Milbank Area, 9-147-2 TDs (6, 13)
Rush Milne, Madison, 148, TD
Tanner Lambert, Dakota Valley, 17-146-TD (18)
Anthony Lueth, West Central, 139, TD
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 11-120
Mitchell Foster, Flandreau, 7-114-3 TDs (35, 48, 9)
Lucas Lorenz, Aberdeen Roncalli, 17-102-TD (5 yd. TD rec.)
Kenneth Myers, Custer, 20-101-TD
Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area, 15-303-6 TDs (52, 5, 4, 49, 53, 82)
Darin Wieseler, Faulkton, 27-237-TD (68)
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 18-208-5 TDs (65, 24, 6, 17, 10)
Cote Hinker, Mt. Vernon, 10-175-2 TDs
Jess Feist, Harding County, 7-173 yards-2 TDs
Dallas Goodteacher, Tiospa Zina, 23-154-TD (1)
Garrett Bruns, South Central, 14-149-4 combined TDs (three by rush)
Trevor Reinesch, Kimball/White Lake, 6-143-2 TDs (61, 5)
Blake Reynolds, Parker, 13-136-TD (59)
Lane Hovde, Clark/Willow Lake, 15-136-2 TDs (5, 38)
Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 14-135-2 TDS (69-yard run, 40-yard punt return)
Jordan Dingmann, Adrian (Minn.), 22-132-4 TDs (9.7, 11, 26)
Trevor Gerdes, Viborg-Hurley, 127 yards, 4 TDs
Austin Opdahl, Chester Area, 18-126-TD
Brayden Thares, Ipswich/Edmunds Central, 12-118-TD
Haiden Schmidt, Colman-Egan, 12-115-TD
Lane Weber, Arlington, 116 yards rushing, 3 total TDs (rush - 64, 28; receiving - 66)
Ben Bunkers, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 17-108
Gunnar BaanHofman, Corsica-Stickney, 8-100-TD (32)
Cole Chaplin, Hitchcock/Tulare, 26-99-TD
Andy Buchele, Milbank Area, 4-159-TD (82)
Trevor Cassels, Deuel, 6--152-3 TDs (8, 24, 54)
Austin Christopherson, Pierre, 2-107-TD (86)
Tanner Heiser, Watertown, 3-91-TD
Landon Hammer, Wilmot, 3-169-2TD (92 TD rec., 35 yard TD run)
Tanner Lemme, Arlington, 2-143-TD (94)
Jared Long, Mt. Vernon, 5-143-4 TDs
Matthew Wieseler, Tri-State, 3-125-3 TDs (30, 45, 51)
Nick Moffenbeier, Great Plains Lutheran, 5-122-2 TDs (4, 32)
Ckyler Floyd, Harding County, 6-120-TD
Andrew Taggart, Gregory, 6-113-2 TDs (2, 8)
Derrick Podall, Leola/Frederick, 4-112-TD
Case Wiorda, Castlewood, 3-108-3 TDs (25, 34, 49)
David Rudebusch, Waubay-Summit, 3-99-TD
Gavin Kolden, Waverly/South Shore, 5-80
Other Top Performances
Adam Borman, Corsica-Stickney, 5-6-75- 2 TDs (14, 34); 12-88-TD (8)
Jake Sullivan, St. Thomas More, 4 combined TDs (2 rush, 2 pass)
Season Rushing Leaders
Tanner Lambert, Dakota Valley, 43-359 yards-3 TDs
Logan Koopman, Tri-Valley, 32-318-3 TDs
Mikey Daniel, Brookings, 29-308-3 TDs
Sam Cooke, SF Washington, 36-247 yards, 3 TDs
Jacob Patterson, Flandreau, 35-242-2TDs
Ben Connott, Winner, 24-236-3 TDs
Cody Bonte, Garretson, 40-233-TD
Anthony Lueth, West Central,36-223-2 TDs
Austin Wagner, Pierre, 25-218-TD
Rush Milne, Madison, 193-3 TDs
Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 31-183-3 TDs
Andy Rithmiller, Webster, 22-164-2TDs
Nic Steffl, SF O'Gorman, 35-163-TD reception
Gunnar Ensz, Tea Area, 158, 3 TDs
Cody Miller, West Central, 21-157-2 TDs
Shay Bratland, Watertown, 31-155-2
Kyle Bertram, Winner, 22-155, 4 total TDs (3 by rush)
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 29-155
David Parsley, Flandreau, 14-150, 2 TDs
Jace Christiansen, Flandreau, 15- 146-2 TDs
Matt Johnson, Garretson, 27-137
Kenneth Myers, Custer, 32-123-TD
Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 26-103-TD
Blake Reynolds, Parker, 30-383-6 TDs
Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area, 15-303-6 TDs
Trevor Reinesch, Kimball/White Lake, 19-278-4 TDs
Jess Feist, Harding County, 17 att., 259 yards, 4 TDs
Cole Chaplin, Hitchcock/Tulare, 39-251-4 TDs
Jared Bartling, Gregory, 276 yards, 6 TDs
Jacob Paradeis, Hanson, 27-246-2 TDs
Dustin Livingston, Irene-Wakonda, 9-208-6 TDs (nine combined)
Trevor Jacobsen, Viborg-Hurley, 200-3TDs
Anthony Huber, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 16-198-4 TDs
Trevor Gerdes, Viborg-Hurley, 193-6 TDs
Jordan Marquardt, Hanson, 34-170-3 combined TDs
Dexter Lick, Tri-State, 17-170-TD
Jacob Kirsch, Kimball/White Lake, 20-149-3 TDs
Steve Koch, Harding County, 14-138-5 TDs
Windom Hewson, Harding County, 11-116-3 TDs
Season Passing Leaders
Chase Marso, Brandon Valley, 36-57-434-3 TDs
Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 19-of-32-345-4 TDs
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 13-31-313-4 TDs
Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 11-18-271-5 TDs
Brandon Kemp, Spearfish, 19-of-27-254 yards, 2 TDs
Chase Glazier, Custer, 18-31-285-2TD
Jon Hander, SF Washington, 18-35-268-3 TDs
Kaleb Vig, Brookings, 17-41-250-3 TDs
Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 12-28-218-4 TDs
Aaron Likness, Dakota Valley, 16-of-36-189-3 TDs
Austin Hulscher,Wilmot, 16-28-376-4 TDs
Jared Bartling, Gregory, 291 yards, five TDs
Chayse Hall, Potter County, 6-13-236-TD
Jess Feist, Harding County, 17-21-231 yards, TD
Jesse Taylor, Kimball/White Lake, 12 -15-222-4 TDs.
Tyler Pringle, Hanson, 6-8-194-3 TDs.
Cody Bunger, Canistota, 8-of-12-190-TD
Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 11-19-184-4 TDs
Season Receiving Leaders
Trevor Cassels, Deuel, 8-241-4 TDs
Nate Winter, Brandon Valley, 7-162-TD
Trevor Naasz, SF Lincoln, 5-142 yards-2 TDs
Matthew VandeBerg, Brandon Valley, 7-109 yards-TD
A.J. Garrow, Brandon Valley, 10-105,-TD
Logan Otto, Tri-Valley, 5-105 yards-3 TDs
Lucas Wilber, SF Roosevelt, 4-91-3 combined TDs (2 receiving scores)
Matt Swallow, Aberdeen Roncalli, 5-90-3 TDs
Landon Hammer, Wilmot, 12-286-4 TDs
Ckyler Floyd, Harding County, 14-202-TD