The Lincoln Patriots seem to have a sense for the dramatic.
In consecutive seasons, the Patriots and head coach Aaron Beavers, have been involved in four one-point games, all decided in the final minute of play. A year ago, Lincoln upset top-ranked Washington, 37-36, rallying from a 14-point deficit (36-22). The Patriots scored on the game's final play and then added the conversion to end the Warriors' 27-game winning streak in one of the true classics in recent years. Later, Lincoln lost a heart-breaking 50-49 decision to Mitchell in the Corn Palace City as the Kernels overcame a 13-point Patriots' lead in the final two minutes. In the 2011 regular season finale, the Patriots defeated rival Sioux Falls O'Gorman, 29-28, by scoring a TD and converting a two-point conversion in the game's final moments.
Now, Beavers' "Cardiac Pats" have done it again. Last Saturday night, the Patriots fell behind Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 14-0, in the first quarter and trailed 21-9 at halftime, before they rallied for a 36-35 victory as the Rough Riders missed a PAT attempt in overtime.
Coach Beavers must have ice in his veins or something because he is always in control of his emotions regardless of Lincoln's predicament. He is one cool customer on the sideline. In those tense moments, he just seems to press the right buttons. Remember a year ago when Washington tried to draw Lincoln off sides late in the contest but Beavers called a timeout just before the play commenced?
On Saturday night, he found a way to draw Roosevelt off sides on a fourth-down play that continued a scoring drive. He continued to answer the bell every time Roosevelt took the lead. After Roosevelt's sophomore quarterback sensation Taryn Christion (11-of-21-157 yards, 77 yards rushing) scored his fourth rushing TD of the game and a conversion made it 29-22, Beavers' crew had a quick reply. On the first offensive play after the kickoff, junior running back Caden Quintanillia broke loose for a 53-yard TD run. Roosevelt had a shot to win the game at the end but Chase Vinateri's (Indianapolis Colts' kicker Adam Vinateri's nephew) 44-yard field goal just missed right. Then in overtime, Quintanillia, who had 174 yards rushing and three TDs, scored the go-ahead score. Earlier, Quintanillia had sparked the Patriots comeback by throwing a 67-yard halfback option TD pass to Trevor Naasz, whose brother Trey set the all-time receiving mark a year ago (199 receptions for his career).
In these kind of games, a little luck and a lot of perseverance work wonders.
"To see them stay the course and hang in there to beat a great team, I'm really proud of them," Beavers told Matt Zimmer of the Argus Leader.
It had to be a little sweet revenge for the Patriots. A year ago, Roosevelt defeated Lincoln, 45-29, when the Patriots were ranked #1 and Rough Riders #2. The win helped propel the Rough Riders to a AA state title. This year both teams are bouncing back from heavy graduation losses and have a number of new faces on both sides of the ball. As dramatic as this game finished, both teams are just trying to get their team prepared to contend for the big prize at the end. Yet, I think, given the history here, Lincoln's "Cardiac Pats" may be just starting a new round of theatrics.
Beavers Reaches 100th Career Win; Van Leur A Win Away from 2nd Nationally
Aaron Beavers of SF Lincoln won his 100th career game in a dramatic 36-35 win over SF Roosevelt. Beavers is now 100-53 (.654) in his career and 54-45 (.545). When the Pats host Rapid City Central on Friday, Beavers will coach his 100th game at Lincoln. Jeff Van Leur of Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan sits at 208 (208-102, .671) career wins, a total that is tied for second nationally for 9-man victories. He is tied with Al Dosch of Strasburg (ND) St. Benedicts and Strasburg Emmons Central.
Bartling Has 16 TDs in 8 Quarters
At the FCA Bowl in Sioux Falls on Friday, 9AA Gregory (3-0) rolled past 9B #5 Avon (1-2), 52-0, as Gorillas quarterback Jaden Bartling had five combined TDs. Bartling rushed for 209 yards on nine carries (TDs of 20, 80, 54) and completed 5-of-7 passes for 137 yards and two TDs (45, 25). Led by the senior quarterback, the Gorillas had 362 yards in total offense (21-290 on ground) in a game ended by mercy rule in 4th quarter. In eight quarters of play (two games ended short due to mercy rule) Bartling has scored a combined 16 TDs and rushed for 478 yards with nine TDs with has 446 passing yards and seven TDs. For the second straight week Bartling has rushed for over 200 yards (208, 209). Bartling follows a long line of outstanding quarterbacks for the Gorillas, including two former quarterbacks and standouts for the USD Coyotes in Chris Mikkelsen and Tim Dacy. Coach Brian Allmendinger heaps significant praise on Bartling: "A coach's dream, he has a tremendous passion for football and is highly competitive. He is the most coachable kid I have had. He sees the entire field and has tremendous cutback ability." Led by Bartling, Gregory is back in the 9AA rankings at #4 this week. We will find out how good the Gorillas are when they face Dale Taylor's 9AA #2 Kimball/White Lake crew and its two standout running backs -Trevor Reinesch, Jacob Kirsch (both 1,000-yard rushers in 2011) - next week at Gregory.
Canistota Holds On - Extends Streak to 26
Cody Bunger threw two TD passes and Canistota's defense held off 9AA #1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 16-8, as the Hawks ran its winning streak to 26 games, which ranks fifth all-time in 9-man football in South Dakota. The game was the final of three FCA Bowl games last Friday at USF Stadium. Just like a year ago, Canistota led late and denied the Seahawks. In addition, two other defending champs and top-ranked squads extended winning streaks. Tri-Valley in 11B defeated Elk Point/Jefferson, 52-14, to move their winning streak to 15 games while Dell Rapids in 11A, increased their winning streak to 10 games with a 28-14 verdict over #2 West Central in Hartford.
Flandreau-Tri-Valley Highlight Games This Week
When #1 Tri-Valley heads to #3 Flandreau on Friday, the top spot in 11B will be at stake. The game, which will feature two of the state's top backs in the Fliers' Jacob Patterson and the Mustangs' Logan Koopman, will feature strong rushing attacks and two of the top defenses in the class. Other key games to watch will include 9A #1 Canistota putting a 26-game winning streak on the line at home against perennial 9A power and #4 Hanson. Elkton-Lake Benton will travel to Deubrook Area for a rivalry matchup while Brookings heads to Pierre in an ESD showdown of 2-1 squads. Don't blink on the Kimball/White Lake and Gregory matchup as well as in Miller where the Rustlers host traditional rival and 9AA #5 Potter County.
Two Area #1s Fall; Top-ranked BH-RV Rolls ON
In Minnesota, Hills-Beaver Creek defeated #1 Edgerton-Ellsworth, 34-28, to end the Flying Dutchmen's 15-game winning streak. It also ended a series of losses by H-BC to E/E, including two recent playoff losses. Senior running back. Dalton Bass scored three TDs (two by rush) and had 35 carries for 158 yards in the Patriots' win. H-BC quarterback Dylan Gehrke completed 16-of-21 passes for 198 yards and two TDs. Late in the fourth quarter, linebacker Jeff Nelson sealed the win for the Patriots by recovering a fumble by E-E quarterback Isaac Heard, who completed 11-of-17 passes for just 81 yards. Nelson had seven tackles and two fumble recoveries. At the half, H-BC had a 351-181 total yards advantage and led 26-14. In Iowa, Hinton knocked off #1 West Lyon, 28-12, in a 1A Iowa matchup as senior quarterback Morgan Wenzel completed 15-of-29 passes for 263 yards and two TDs with three interceptions. His 29-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Jason Vander Kooi gave Hinton the lead after West Lyon had taken a 12-8 advantage in the second quarter. Vander Kooi finished with four catches for 65 yards and the TD. West Lyon was led by Tyler Van Middendorp with 110 yards rushing and a TD. Meanwhile Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (3-0), ranked #1 in 2A rolled to a 42-0 win over Sioux Center. Dallas Rozeboom had 12 carries for 80 yards and TDs of 1, 23, 2 and 4 yards to lead the way. Brant Van Roekel returned a kickoff 92-yards to spark BH-RV.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Sioux Falls Washington 2. Brandon Valley 3. Sioux Falls Lincoln 4. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 5. Yankton
#1 Sioux Falls Washington (3-0)
In the opener of the President's Bowl at Howard Wood Field on Saturday, top-ranked Washington defeated O'Gorman (0-3), 24-0, in another dominating defensive performance. The Warriors have allowed a total of 14 points this season in three games. Against O'Gorman, they permitted just seven first downs, zero passing yards and 93 yards rushing on 35 carries. In the past two games, Lincoln and O'Gorman has just 200 yards in total offense combined at WHS. The Warriors have been the elite defensive team in AA this season, holding all three opponents scoreless in the first half as Washington owns a 59-0 advantage. Overall, Washington has a 105-14 scoring advantage, giving up a single TD in both the third quarter and fourth quarters. On offense, WHS has produced 344 yards in total offense, including 188 on the ground. In the win over the Knights, Jon Hander completed 13-of-22 passes for 148 yards and a TD. Nebraska recruit Nate Gerry blocked a punt for yet another special teams play and had four catches for 62 yards. Nic Steffl had 85 yards rushing to lead O'Gorman's offense.
#2 Brandon Valley (3-0)
Brandon Valley defeated Brookings, 38-0 as Chase Marso completed 16-of-25 passes for 2 TDs, both to Matthew VandeBerg, who had nine catches for 90 yards and two TDs. VandeBerg, an Iowa recruit, also returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a TD. Already this season VandeBerg has a kickoff return for a TD and a school record 105-yard interception return for a score. He also had a 59-yard kickoff return vs OG. In the Brookings game, Tony Tripp had 15 carries for 49 yards and two TDs. Brookings was led by Kaleb Vig who completed 14-of-25 passes for 111 yards. This season BV has outscored opponents, 111-28, including 64-14 in the first half. Overall, they are producing 318.7 yards in total offense, including 238.7 through the air. With 52 completions on 82 attempts for 616 yards and six TDs in 2012, Marso has 242 completions on 475 attempts for 3,194 yards and 40 TDs. in his career. VandeBerg has two picks this year and 16 interceptions for his career. His receiving totals include 17 receptions for 199 yards and three TDs this season, which gives him 88 receptions for 1,280 receiving yards and 19 TDs in his career.
#3 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (2-1)
Despite an early 14-0 lead, Roosevelt dropped a 36-35 decision in overtime to Lincoln at the President's Bowl at Howard Wood Field on Saturday as a potential game-tying extra point in overtime was blocked. Roosevelt's sophomore quarterback Taryn Christion, who scored two rushing TDs in the first quarter, completed 10-of-20 passes for 150 yards and rushed for 77 yards along with combined five TDs (four by rush). His seven-yard TD throw to Tanner Hennings on fourth and seven tied the game before the Rough Riders missed the extra point giving the Pats a big win.
#4 Sioux Falls Lincoln (2-1)
Lincoln rallied to defeat Roosevelt, 36-35, in overtime as Caden Quintanilla rushed for 24 times for 174 yards, scored three TDs and threw a 67-yard halfback option pass to Trevor Naasz for another TD. Junior quarterback Connor Burchill was 10-of-22 for 88 yards and two TDs. Adam Belhaj had two carries for 70 yards, including a 63-yard run.
#5 Yankton (3-0)
The Bucks improved to 3-0 with a 44-0 win over Watertown as they pounded the ball against the Arrows. Yankton had 375 yards in total offense, including 341 on the ground on 39 carries. Levi Davis had 10 carries for 117 yards; Jordan Lightner added 13 carries for 83 yards and two TDs (3, 5); and Evan Schroeder had seven carries for 78 yards and two TDs, including a 34-yard TD run and a 30-yard interception return. Watertown's Shay Bratland had 10 carries for 56 yards. Logan Gabriel was 11-of-26 for 80 yards and two interceptions for the Arrows.
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Brookings (2-1), which fell to Brandon Valley, 38-0, was led by quarterback Kaleb Vig, who was 14-of-25 for 111 yards. The Bobcats rushed for just 85 yards, led by Mikey Daniel with10 carries for 52 yards. Pierre (2-1), led by Matthew Svendson with 127 yards rushing and two TDs (9, 65), recorded a 40-13 win over Huron (0-3) at home. Alex Gray passed for 108 yards and two TDs. Austin Wagner had a 40-yard TD interception return. Gray has completed 13-of-39 passes for 297 yards with six TDs this season. Also for the Governors, Svendsen has 29 carries for 272 yards and three TDs while Austin Wagner has 39 carries for 246 yards and a TD. Jace Jerome has 25 carries for 130 yards and two TDs. Wide receiver Austin Christopherson has six catches for 169 yards and three TDs. Adam Zwanziger of Huron (0-3) had two TD throws and 102 yards throwing. Sturgis (1-2) defeated Rapid City Central (0-3), 21-18, as quarterback Tanner Weaver scored two TDs. He also had an interception late in the game to stop a Rapid City Stevens drive. Alex Schoeberl had 13 carries for 80 yards and a TD. The Scoopers finished with 237 yards rushing. In Aberdeen Central's 21-19 decision over Mitchell, quarterback Jake Carrico was 18-of-30 for 257 yards and two TDs with three interceptions. Mitchell's Matt Lars was 15-of-23 for 133 and two combined TDs (one by rush, one by pass). Central is 1-2 while Mitchell falls to 0-3.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Dell Rapids 2. Dakota Valley 3. West Central 4. Tea Area 5. Spearfish
#1 Dell Rapids (2-0)
The top-ranked Quarriers went on the road to Hartford and turned back #2 West Central, 28-14. After a fumble and Cody Miller TD for West Central, Dell Rapids, the defending state champion, took control. Two Cole Langer TDs provided a 20-7 halftime lead and they held on for the win, 28-14. It was the fifth straight win by Dell Rapids over West Central. Langer finished with 167 yards and two TDs. Matt Kolbeck completed 3-of-10 passes for 75 yards, including a TD to Bryce Koch, who had three catches for 72 yards. Lane Lebrun rushed for 50 yards for the Quarriers.
#2 Dakota Valley (3-0)
Aaron Likness threw for 195 yards and a TD to lead Dakota Valley past a stubborn Canton team (0-3), 21-13. Brady VanGinkel had 92 yards receiving and a TD. Tanner Lambert rushed for 84 yards and scored two TDs. For Canton Cody Majeres had a 80-yard kickoff return and a 42-yard TD run.
#3 West Central (2-1)
West Central, which fell to #3 in this week's KSFY-KWSN rankings, lost to #1 Dell Rapids, 28-14, at home. Cody Miller had 62 yards rushing and a TD while quarterback Noah Matson completed 5-of-14 passes for 77 yards.
#4 Tea Area (3-0)
Quarterback Taylor Roemen accounted for four TDs as Tea Area rolled to a 46-0 win over Vermillion. Roeman had rushing scores of six, one and one yards and hit Mitchell Nissen on a 61-yard TD strike. Tea Area led 19-0 at halftime. Roeman finished 12-of-17 for 205 yards. Gunnar Ensz had 115 yards rushing with TDs of 1 and 78 yards. Vermillion had just 41 total yards in offense.
#5 Spearfish (2-1)
After a season-opening loss to St. Thomas More, Spearfish has rebounded with consecutive shutouts over AA schools, Rapid City Stevens (38-0) last week and Rapid City Central (17-0) on Friday night. Nate Rotert had 21 carries for 144 yards and two TDs while Luke Marcoe had nine carries for 44 yards. Brandon Kemp was 10-of-19-124 yards. Spearfish led 14-0 at halftime and tacked on a field goal in the fourth quarter. This season, Spearfish has a 55-7 scoring margin over three opponents with the only TD allowed to 11B St. Thomas More, who defeated the Spartans, 7-0, on opening night in Spearfish.
Around 9A Circles
Harrisburg (2-1) rebounded from a loss to Luverne to roll past Lennox, 40-7, as Devyn Schriever had 13 carries for 69 yards and five total TDs. He had TD runs of 2, 7, 6, and 9 yards and a 12-yard TD catch from quarterback Andrew McCuen, who completed 13-of-19 passes for 226 yards and a score. McCuen also rushed 12 times for 94 yards while Kyle Ackerman had 13 carries for 92 yards and a two-yard TD. Trevor DeSchepper had six catches for 105 yards while Brandon Appledorn had two catches for 58 yards. For the season, McCuen has completed 31-of-63 passes for 476 yards and five TDs while rushing 39 times for 247 yards and a score. DeSchepper has 14 catches for 225 yards and three TDs while Ackerman has 32 carries for 191 yards and three TDs. In other action, Rush Milne rushed 27 times for 127 yards and four TDs (4, 3, 32, 8 yards) to lead Madison (1-2) to a 41-8 win over Sisseton (1-1). Jacob Giles completed 5-of-9 passes for 69 yards, including a four-yard TD pass to Jacob Ricke. Blake Gusso had a three-yard TD run. Sisseton (1-1), which had just 129 total yards, was led by quarterback Darin Peterson who rushed 14 times for 29 yards and completed six-of-17 passes for 100 yards,. He threw a 10-yard TD strike to Jordan Cornelius, who finished with five receptions for 85 yards.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Tri-Valley 2. Winner 3. Flandreau 4. Aberdeen Roncalli 5. Garretson
#1 Tri-Valley (3-0)
Tri-Valley defeated Elk Point-Jefferson, 52-14, to win its 15th straight game. Logan Koopman had 14 carries for 236 yards and three TDs in one-half of football as the Panthers rolled. Koopman had a 74 yard run among his TDs. Overall Tri-Valley had 532 yards rushing. EP/J was led by Brock Zeller who completed 21-of-39 passes for 244 yards and a TD. Already this season, Koopman has gone over the century mark three times with games of 138, 180 and 236. He has 42 carries for 554 yards and seven TDs. As a team, TV has 121 carries for 1,059 yards and 13 TDs. They have put together rushing totals of 42-259; 37-268; and 42-532. Senior quarterback Brett Page has directed the offense, completing 7-of-15 passes for 131 yards and three TDs with nine carries for 42 yards and a TD.
#2 Winner (3-0)
The Warriors rolled to 27-7 win over Bon Homme as Kyle Bertram had 18 carries for 200 yards and two TDs and Ben Connot had 17 carries for 81 yards and a TD. Winner, which owns a 138 to 22 overall scoring edge against opponents, is averaging 321 yards on the ground and 376 in total offense while producing 40.7 points per game. The Warriors, which has won 22 of its past 25 games, has rolled up 297 yards or better on the ground in three straight games. They include 41 carries for 297 yards and six TDs in week one, 56 carries for 329 yards and six TDs in week two and 53 carries for 337 yards and three TDs last week. Bertram leads the team with 355 yards rushing and six total TDs. Both Bertram and Connot have surpassed 1,000 career yards this season. Connot now has 157 carries for 1,171 career yards. Bertram has totaled 1,351 yards on 134 carries for 15 TDs. Both Connot and Bertram went over the 1K rushing mark in a week one win over Parkston (39-0).
#3 Flandreau (3-0)
Flandreau used its strong running attack to defeat Sioux Falls Christian, 39-0. Jacob Patterson rushed for 181 yards and three first-half-TDs. Mitchell Foster added 63 yards rushing and a TD while David Parsley had two TD runs as the Fliers accumulated 405 yards rushing. Like Winner, Flandreau has produced a punishing ground attack in three wins this season. They own a 124 to 22 scoring advantage against opponents, averaging 410 yards in total offense, including 380 on the ground. The Fliers rushing totals include 43 carries for 370 yards and four TDs; 46 carries for 369 yards and six TDs; and 38 carries for 401 yards and six TDs for a total of 127 carries and 1,140 yards rushing or 8.98 per tote. Patterson has compiled 423 yards rushing and five TDs to lead the Fliers rushing attack. Patterson, like Winner's Connot and Bertram, went over 1,000 yards rushing in his career on opening night. He now has 193 carries for 1,377 yards. Parsley is approaching 1,000 yards in his career with 940.
#4 Aberdeen Roncalli (3-0)
Aberdeen Roncalli overwhelmed Milbank Area, 44-7, as Matt Swallow had 14 carries for 210 yards and five combined TDs. The Cavaliers led 25-0 at halftime. Swallow scored on runs of 27, 79, and 45 yards. He returned an interception for 49-yard TD and had a 17-yard TD reception from Zach Lundquist. Overall, Aberdeen Roncalli had 42 carries for 307 yards and 73 yards passing. Lundquist completed 5-of-11 passes for 73 yards and had a TD pass to Lucas Lorenz for six yards. Colton Cox had 16 carries for 41 yards and a two-yard TD. Milbank Area quarterback Taylor Boerger completed 6-of-24 passes for 120 yards while the Bulldogs had 20 carries for 69 yards on the ground. Boerger connected with Andy Buchele on a 44-yard TD. Buchele had two catches for 58 yards while Taylor Tol had three rec., for 53 yards. Spencer Folk added 10 carries for 41 yards.
#5 Garretson (2-1)
Cody Bonte rushed 11 times for 97 yards and scored four TDs to lead Garretson past Sioux Valley, 49-18. Bonte had scoring runs of 25, 12, and six yards to go with a 63-yard punt return for a TD. Connor Blosmy also had a 43-yard punt return for a TD. Matt Johnson added a six-yard TD run while Austin Matthiessen had a 26-yard TD run. Trevor Lundin led the Cossacks with 14 carries for 64 yards and TD runs of 15 and 35 yards. Ethan Koerlin return an interception 18 yards for a TD for Sioux Valley. Cossacks QB Jake Larson completed 8-of-16 passes for 95 yards. Tyler Tofte had four receptions for 75 yards, also for Sioux Valley. Garretson jumped to a 22-0 first quarter lead and led 29-12 at halftime 41-12 after three quarters.
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St. Thomas More (2-1) was led by Witt Dobesh with 18 carries for 148 yards and two TDs (3, 3) in a win over Douglas, 44-7. Senior quarterback Jake Sullivan threw for three touchdown passes (56, 5, 16) and ran for another (10). Webster Area (2-0), led by Reid Valsvig 208 yards and two TDs, defeated Groton Area, 34-2. Deuel (2-1) rolled to a 40-7 win over Britton-Hecla as Lincoln Swenson had two TD passes and a TD run while Lance Eide had 11 carries for 41 yards and two TDs (2, 1). Sawyer Giese led the ground game with 11 carries for 76 yards and a two-yard TD run. Trevor Cassels had two catches for 36 yards and a pair of scoring receptions (19, 17). Overall Deuel had 41 carries for 195 yards on the ground and 99 yards passing. Swenson was 6-of-15 for 99 yards passing and rushed 13 times for 54 yards.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 2. Kimball/White Lake 3. Deubrook Area. 4. Gregory. 5. Potter County
#1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1-1)
In battle of number one teams, B-E/E fell to rival 9A defending champion Canistota, 16-8, at the FCA Bowl at USF Stadium on Friday night. A late drive fell short for the Seahawks in the red zone. Anthony Huber had 84 yards rushing for the Seahawks. Jace Connor completed 7-of-8 passes for 83 yards including a TD to Clayton Dye which cut Canistota's lead in half (16-8).
#2 Kimball/White Lake (3-0)
Kimball/White Lake rolled to a 39-6 win over Miller as Trevor Reinesch had 13 carries for 135 yards and three TDs (10, 30, 1). Jacob Kirsch accumulated 95 yards on 13 carries with a two-yard TD run. Jesse Taylor completed 3-of-5 passes for 33 yards with a TD pass and a 49-yard TD run. Eathen Gaulke caught two passes for 27 yards and Jace Pulse had two receptions for 33 yards. K/WL, which faces #4 Gregory on the road this weekend, finished with 366 yards rushing. For the season Reinesch has 32 carries for 413 yards and seven TDs with four scores of 30 yards or longer (30, 59, 61, 65). Kirsch has 33 carries for 244 yards and four TDs. Taylor has completed 15-of-20 passes for 255 yards and five passing TDs. He also has a 49-yard and 65 yard rushing TD.
#3 Deubrook Area (2-0)
Deubrook Area won its second straight game by rolling past Estelline, 68-28. The Dolphins have now scored 123 points and allowed 54 in two games. Ryan Knutson, who has 38 carries for 518 yards in two games this season with nine TDs, had 23 carries for 215 yards and three TDs on the night. It was his second straight game of more than 200 yards rushing (303 last week). Taylor Olsen was 12-of-22 for 139 yards and three TDs while rushing nine times for 112 yards and a TD. The dynamic Riley Hansen had three total TDs, including a scoring reception and a 83-yard kickoff return for a score to go along with 4 receptions for 44 yards. An interesting career note on Knutson, a year ago he had 809 yards for the season and already has 518 this year which moves his career total to 1,701. He also has six career games over 100 yards rushing.
#4 Gregory (3-0)
Jaden Bartling accounted for five TDs, all in the first half as the Gorillas rolled to a 52-0 over 9B #5 Avon at the FCA Bowl on Friday at USF Stadium. 9AA Gregory (3-0) rolled as Bartling rushed for 209 yards on nine carries (TDs of 20, 80, 54) and completed 5-of-7 passes for 137 yards and two TDs (45, 25). Gregory had 362 yards in total offense (21-290 on ground) in a game ended by mercy rule in 4th quarter.
#5 Potter County (2-0)
The Battlers roll to a 37-14 win over Eureka/Bowdle. Potter County has outscored two opponents, 70-14, this season without the services of quarterback Tate Nafziger, who saw action in week two, mostly on defense. Nafziger completed 2-of-3 passes for 25 yards and had 12 tackles on defense against Eureka-Bowdle. The Battlers broke from a 16-14 halftime lead with a 21-point second half to win going away. Potter County was led by Hayden Simon with 15 carries for 90 yards and three TDs. Chayce Hall, who has stepped in for Nafziger as he recovered from an injury, had six carries for 64 yards and a TD and completed 2-of-5 passes for 11 yards and a score in the week two win.
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Howard (1-1) received support to remain in KSFY-KWSN's top five rankings but fell with Gregory's resurgence. Howard, which has only a 20-16 loss to 9A #1 Canistota, rolled to a 66-40 win over Chester Area. It was sweet revenge for the Tigers which lost to Chester Area, 42-41, in overtime a year ago. Cole Potter rushed for 185 yards and three TDs while Luke Loudenberg had 143 yards and two TDs with Evan Donahue adding 75 yards in the win. Chester Area was led by Austin Opdahl who accounted for five TDS (two by rush, three by pass). Opdahl had 21 carries for 214 yards and two TDs and also completed 11-of-22 passes for 147 yards and three TDs. Andes Central (2-0) rolled to a 44-12 win over Menno as Zach Cournoyer had 18 carries for 197 yards and a TD. He also had 16 tackles and a pick. Overall Andes Central rushed for 403 yards. Brian Brugier had 12 carries for 74 yards. Menno was led by Austin Herrboldt with 16 carries for 95 yards. Courneyer 80-yard TD run and Brugier two-point conversion run gave Andes Central the lead. Brugier had TD runs of two and eight yards.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Canistota 2. Corsica-Stickney 3. Irene-Wakonda 4. Hanson 5. Warner
#1 Canistota (2-0)
Cody Bunger threw a pair of TD passes to lead Canistota past 9AA #1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 16-8, at the FCA Bowl at USF Stadium in Sioux Falls. In the rivalry matchup, Alec Robertson rushed for 91 yards and Eric Tieszen had a 63-yard run and 91 yards rushing. The Hawks had a 16-0 lead before B-E/E rallied within 16-8. Canistota's Dylan Seubert had a huge quarterback sack of Jace Connor on the Seahawks' final drive, which ended when Hawks' Isaac Fuhrman's deflected a pass on fourth down. The defensive plays sealed the win for the Hawks as they defeated their arch rivals for the third straight time.
#2 Corsica/Stickney (2-0)
Corsica/Stickney rolled to a 52-0 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour as Eli Van Roekel had 11 carries for 97 yards and two TDs (27, 10). Gunner BaanHofman had an 80-yard TD run, 5, 7, and 3 yard runs as he had four TDs run for Corsica Stickney.
#3 Irene-Wakonda (3-0)
Dustin Livingston rushed for 166 yards and four TDs for the Eagles in a 44-8 win over Alcester-Hudson. Garrett Anderson add 66 yards rushing and a TD as Irene-Wakonda led 34-8 at halftime. Collin Walth had 138 yards rushing for Alcester-Hudson.
#4 Hanson (3-0)
In a 38-28 win over Freeman, Hanson had 50 carries for 227 yards and 282 total yards. Jacob Paradeis had 17 carries for 76 yards and a five-yard TD run while Tyler Pringle had 12 carries for 91 yards and two TDs. Pringle had 18 and a 49-yard TD runs, and a 39-yard TD pass to Jordan Marguardt. For the season, Pringle is 8-of-14 for 247 yards and four TDs and has 27 carries for 137 yards and two TDs. Paradeis has 27 carries for 137 yards and two TDs while Marquardt has 50 carries for 222 yards and a TD along with five receptions for 125 yards and three TDs. Mason Mayer has four catches for 140 yards and a TD. Hanson, which owns a 90-54 overall scoring edge, has 1,014 total yards in offense.
#5 Warner (2-0)
Warner rolled to a 47-0 win over Hitchcock-Tulare. Warner has outscored opponents, 69-8.
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Wilmot (3-0), which owns a 134-72 scoring advantage over opponents, won for the third straight time with a 70-32 decision over Florence/Henry.(0-3) Wilmot, which led 48-24 at halftime, was led by quarterback Austin Hulscher, who accounted for seven TDs. Hulscher had five carries for 26 yards and four TDs while completing 11-of-14 passes for 189 yards and three TDs. Chase Bronson rushed 12 times for 196 yards and two TDs while Landon Hammer was the receiving threat with four catches for 87 yards and two TDs. Hulscher is already one of the top quarterbacks in South Dakota with season totals including 30 completions in 47 attempts for 568 yards and eight TDs. He has 13 total TDs (five by rush) in three games this season. In addition, Bronson has 42 carries for 385 yards and three TDs while Hammer has 16 receptions for 364 yards and six TDs. Wolsey-Wessington (2-1) defeated Sunshine Bible Academy, 38-0, as Roy Lumpkin had nine carries for 83 yards and three TDs and Ryne Johnson had two TDs and 95 yards rushing. Johnson caught a 68-yard TD reception.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Viborg-Hurley 2. Harding County 3. Castlewood 4. Langford Area. 5. Sully Buttes
#1 Viborg-Hurley (3-0)
Viborg-Hurley defeated Parker 28-16 as Tyler Gerdes scored on two rushing TDs and caught a TD pass. Gerdes finished with 166 yards with TD runs of 37 and 46 yards. He caught an 18-yard TD strike from Jack Huether, who also hit Trevor Jacobsen on an 8-yard TD pass. Heuther finished 8-of-9 for 153 yards passing. Seth Dykstra had 108 yards rushing and threw for 84 yards and a TD to lead Parker. Viborg-Hurley has outscored its opponents, 122 to 30.
#2 Harding County (3-0)
Harding County, led by quarterback Jess Feist, continued to roll with a 55-0 win over Bison in a game ended by mercy rule in the third quarter. Feist, who accounted for five TDs, completed 8-of-13 passes for 124 yards and three TDs and had nine carries for 86 yards and a TD. He also returned an interception 15-yards to paydirt. Harley Mollman had three catches for 49 yards and a pair of TD receptions while Steve Koch had five rushes for 37 yards and a TD. Dalton McCann had a fumble recovery in the end zone as the Ranchers' defense recorded a third straight shutout. This season, the Ranchers have outscored three opponents, 155-0. In those three wins, they are averaging a total of 387 yards in total offense, including 260 yards on the ground.
#3 Castlewood (2-0)
Castlewood defeated Dell Rapids St. Mary, 58-6 and now has outscored opponents, 114-12 in two games. Carson Borer had 17 carries for 193 yards and five TDs to lead the Warriors. Lucas Ching threw for three TDs, all to Case Wiorda as Castlewood led, 44-6, at halftime. Noel Hansen added 65 yards rushing. Wiorda has six TD receptions on the season (two games) while Ching has eight TD throws.
#4 Langford Area (2-0)
Langford Area has outscored two opponents, 102-44, and stand 2-0 after an off week. They face Wolsey-Wessington this week.
#5 Sully Buttes (2-0)
Sully Buttes has outscored two opponents, 94-8, with Eureka/Bowdle on the docket this week.
Around 9B Circles
In one of season's highest scoring affairs, Colome (2-1) defeated South Central, 66-45, as Andrew Odden had 27 carries for 197 yards rushing and four TDs (60, 7, 39 rushing and 76-yard kickoff return). Odden, who had 166 yards in a week one win, set a career-high in rushing yards. Junior quarterback Terrance Kinzer had 115 yards and two TDs as the pair combined for 321 yards on the ground and formed Colome's own dazzling duo. Turner Serr had 104 yards rushing and three TDs for South Central. Waverly-South Shore (2-1) defeated Tri-State (1-2), 36-28 as Sam Pond completed 9-of-11 passes for 183 yards and five TDs to lead the defending 9B champions. Zach Stricherz had two receptions for 102 yards and TD receptions of 23 and 62 yards for the Coyotes, which led 28-14 at halftime. Gavin Kolden had two catches for 49 yards and TDs of 18 and 31 yards. Austin Comes had one catch for 32 yards and a TD. Zeb Willis recorded two four-yard TD runs to lead Tri State. W/SS had 41 carries for 111 yards and 183 passing for 294 yards in total offense. Tyler Mundahl had 14 carries for 70 yards and a TD rushing and Kolden, six for 42 and a TD. Overall,Tri-State had 50 carries for 197 yards and 27 yards passing. For Tri-State, Dexter Lick had 22 carries for 146 yards and a TD. Willis had 18 carries for 69 yards and two TDs.
Jake Oberpriller, Hot Springs, 25-245-4 TDs (24, 14, 32, 6)
Matt Swallow, Aberdeen Roncalli, 14-210-5 TDs
Kyle Bertram, Winner, 18-200-2 TDs
Jacob Patterson, Flandreau, 13-181-3 TDs (8, 38, 4)
Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 24-174-3 TDs
Cole Langer, Dell Rapids, 23-161-TD (1, 3)
Rush Milne, Madison, 27-127-4 TDs (4, 3, 32, 8)
Matthew Svensen, Pierre, 12-127-2 TDs (9, 65)
Levi Davis, Yankton, 10-117
Gunner Ensz, Tea Area, 115-2 TD (1, 78)
Cody Bonte, Garretson, 11-97-4 combined TDs (25, 12, 6 by rush, 63-yard punt return)
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 12-94
Kyle Ackerman, Harrisburg, 13-92-TD (2)
Nic Steffl, O'Gorman, 16-85
Jordan Lightner, Yankton, 13-83-2 TDs (3,5)
Danny Marlette, Washington, 14-78
Tanner Lambert, Dakota Valley, 25-84-2 TDs (6, 1)
Devyn Schriever, Harrisburg, 13-69-5 TDs (2, 7, 6, 9 by rush, 12 yd. rec)
Sam Cooke, Washington, 22-58-TD
Tyler Trask, Wall, 218-3 TDs (44, 39, 39)
Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area, 23-215-3 TDs
Austin Opdahl, Chester Area, 21-214-2 TDs (five combined TDs)
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 9-209-3 TDs
Zach Cournoyer, Andes Central, 18-197-TD (80)
Andrew Odden, Colome, 27-197- combined 4 TDs (60, 7, 39 & 76-yd. KO return)
Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 12-196-2 TDs
Carson Borer, Castlewood, 17-193-5 TDs
Cole Potter, Howard, 185-3 TDs
Paul Guptill, Philip, 178-2 TDs
Dustin Livingston, Irene-Wakonda, 11-166-4 Tds
Tyler Gerdes, Viborg-Hurley, 13-166-3 combined TDs (46, 37 by rush; 18 by pass))
Dexter Lick, Tri-State, 22-146-TD
Luke Loudenberg, Howard, 143-2 TDs
Trevor Reinesch, Kimball/White Lake, 13-135-3 TDs (10, 30, 1)
Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 115-2 TDs
Taylor Olsen, Deubrook Area 9-112-TD
Seth Dykstra, Parker, 14-108, TD
Turner Serr, South Central, 104 yards, TD
Cody Trainer, Faith, 6 TDs (30, 15, 1, 1, 65 and 65 KO return TD)
Austin Herrboldt, Freeman, 11-95
Jacob Kirsch, Kimball/White Lake, 13-95-TD (2)
Trevor DeSchepper, Harrisburg, 6-105
Landon Hammer, Wilmot, 4-87-2 TDs
Jake Carrico, Aberdeen Central, 18-30-257-2 TDs
Brock Zeller, Elk Point-Jefferson, 21-39-244-TD
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 13-19-226-TD (12)
Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 12-17-205-TD
Chase Marso, Brandon Valley, 16-25-202-2 TDs
Aaron Likness, Dakota Valley, 10-of-21-192-TD (38)
Jon Hander, Washington, 13-22-148-TD
Kaleb Vig, Brookings, 14-25-111
Austin Hulscher, Wilmot, 11-14-189-3 TDs
Sam Pond, Waverly-South Shore, 9-11-183 yards-5 TDs (23, 62, 18, 31, 32)
Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 6-7-153-2 TDs (18, 80)
Austin Opdahl, Chester Area, 11-22-147-3 TDs
Taylor Olsen, Deubrook Area, 12-22-139-3 TDs
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 5-7-137-2 TDs (45,25)
Jess Feist, Harding County, 8-13-124-3 TDs
Brody VanGinkle, Dakota Valley, 3-93-TD (38)
Matthew VandeBerg, Brandon Valley, 9-90-2 TDs (5, 23)
Jordan Cornelius, Sisseton, 5-85-TD (10)
Zach Stricherz, Waverly-South Shore, 2 rec., 102 yards (23, 62)
Chase Marso, Brandon Valley, 52-82-616-6 TDs
Taryn Christion, Roosevelt, 30-53-502-4 TDs
Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 23-35-476-6 TDs
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 31-63-476-5 TDs
Jon Hander, Washington, 31-57-416-4 TDs
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 18-46-412-6 TDs
Chase Glacier, Custer, 28-44-386-3 TDs
Aaron Likness, Dakota Valley, 26-57-381-4 TDs
Brandon Kemp, Spearfish, 29-46-378-2 TDs
Kaleb Vig, Brookings, 31-66-361-3 TDs
Connor Burchill, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 22-50-306-4 TDs
Alex Gray, Pierre, 13-39-297-6 TDs
Tanner Fritz, Winner, 8-15-166-3 TDs
Matt Kolbeck, Dell Rapids, 6-17-154-2 TDs
Brett Page, Tri-Valley, 7-15-131-TD
Austin Hulscher, Wilmot, 30-47-568-8 TDs
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 24-34-436-7 TDs
Jess Feist, Harding County, 25-34-355-4 TDs
Cody Bunger, Canistota, 14-19-262-2 TDs (plus 2 rushing TDs)
Chayce Hall, Potter County, 8-18-247-2 TDs
Tyler Pringle, 8-14-247-4 TDs
Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 13-29-215-5 TDs
Taylor Olsen, Deubrook Area, 15-31-166-3 TDs
Logan Koopman, Tri-Valley, 42-554-7 TDs
Tanner Lambert, Dakota Valley, 68-443 yards-5 TDs
Jacob Patterson, Flandreau, 48-423-5 TDs
Nate Rotert, Spearfish, 46-371-4 TDs
Mikey Daniel, Brookings, 45-360-3 TDs
Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 55-357-5 TDs
Kyle Bertram, Winner, 40-355-5 TDs
Jake Oberpriller, Hot Springs, 43-348-4 TDs
Cody Bonte, Garretson, 51-330-4 TDs
Ben Connot, Winner, 41-307-4 TDs
Sam Cooke, Washington, 58-305-4 TDs
Evan Schroeder, Yankton, 36-270-3 TDs
Matthew Svendsen, Pierre, 39-270-3 TDs
Cole Langer, Dell Rapids, 32-258-4 TDs
Nic Steffl, O'Gorman, 51-248-TD rec.
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 39-247-1 TD
Austin Wagner, Pierre, 39-246-TD
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 42-209-2 TDs
David Parsley, Flandreau, 17-204, 4 TDs
Jace Christiansen, Flandreau, 18-193-2 TDs
Kyle Ackerman, Harrisburg, 32-191-3 TDs
Mitchel Foster, Flandreau, 15-189-4 TDs
Kenneth Myers, Custer, 41-169-2 TDs
Tony Tripp, Brandon Valley, 29-167-4 TDs
Wade Lockhart, Hot Springs, 13-157-2 TDs
Danny Marlette, Washington, 23-155-2 TDs
Sam Mader, Tri-Valley, 22-130-2 TDs
Jace Jerome, Pierre, 25-130-2 TDs
Lane Lebrun, Dell Rapids, 23-108-TD
Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area, 38-518-9 TDs (13.63 yards per carry)
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 35-478-9 TDs
Blake Reynolds, Parker, 48-422-6 TDs
Trevor Reinesch, Kimball/White Lake, 32-413-7 TDs
Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 42-385-3 TDs
Dustin Livingston, Irene-Wakonda, 20-374-10 TDs (13 combined)
Trevor Gerdes, Viborg-Hurley, 40-359-8 TDs
Jess Feist, Harding County, 26-345-5 TDs
Jacob Paradeis, Hanson, 51-366-4 TDs
Dexter Lick, Tri-State, 50-320-TD
Anthony Huber, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 33-297-4 TDs
Jacob Kirsch, Kimball/White Lake, 33-244-4 TDs
Jordan Marquardt, Hanson, 50-222-TD
Alex Robertson, Canistota, 21-179-TD
Chayce Hall, Potter County, 29-170-4 TDs
Jonah Beck, Gregory, 16-156-2 TDs
Eric Tieszen, Canistota, 18-145-TD
Zeb Willis, Tri-State, 38-133-2 TD
Matthew Vandeberg, Brandon Valley, 17-199-3TDs (5 total TDs)
Trevor DeSchepper, Harrisburg, 14-225-3 TDs
A.J. Garrow, Brandon Valley, 12-128-TD
Trevor Cassels, Deuel, 10-278-6 TDs
Nate Winter, Brandon Valley, 9-186-TD
Erik Hiltunen, Custer, 8-156-TD
Mason Kaufman, Spearfish, 8-147
Nate Gerry, Washington, 8-120-TD
Trevor Naasz, Lincoln, 6-209-3 TDs
Austin Christopherson, Pierre, 6-169-3 TDs
Bryce Koch, Dell Rapids, 4-120-2 TDs
Ckyler Floyd, Harding County, 17-250-2 TDs
Landon Hammer, Wilmot, 16-364-6 TDs
Andrew Taggart, Gregory, 9-188-4 TDs
Jordan Marquardt, 5-125-3 TDs
Mason Meyer, Hanson, 4-140-TD
Tanner Heuer, Potter County, 2-92-TD