Year after year, South Dakota prep football fans are treated to some special performances. A year ago, Lincoln quarterback Alex Schultz and his dynamic duo of receivers (Trey Naasz and Josh Kunzman) were electric as they set records and set the South Dakota AA football world ablaze with game-ending heroics and offensive football at its best.
After five weeks of the 2012 season, standout performances are again all over the Dakota map, including a 303-yard rushing effort by Deubrook Area's Ryan Knutson as well as a seven TD performance by Gregory's Jared Bartling. In terms of team efforts look at Harding County's five straight shutouts.
Yet, two of the state's best athletes are lighting it up. And, yes, we are noticing their play.
Nate Gerry, a Nebraska recruit, of top-ranked Washington and Matthew VandeBerg, an Iowa recruit, of second-ranked Brandon Valley, are making bids for the area's top athletes. Both are wide receiver/safety combos who do it on both sides of the ball. VandeBerg has accumulated 28 catches for 384 yards and 11 total TDs. A week ago in a win over Lincoln, he had 10 catches for 182 yards and three TDs receiving, plus a 96-yard interception return that iced the game for the Lynx. He has four interceptions on the season for 281 yards. VandeBerg is one of the few players in history with two interception returns of 96 yards or more in the same season. Earlier this year, he had a 105 interception return for a score as well as a 89-yard kickoff return for a TD. Vandeberg, who has 20 tackles, also has a 19-yard fumble return for a TD. Meanwhile, Gerry has 12 receptions for 260 yards and eight total TDs, including five by receiving. Gerry has also led the Warriors defense with 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, two interception returns for TDs and a 90-yard kickoff return. Player of the year? You call it. Or, wait, there is more to see before this season is done.
In the Air - Three Already Over 1K
Already this season, we have witnessed a lot of action through the air waves. Three quarterbacks (two in 11-man and one in nine-man) have broken 1,000 yards passing with Chase Marso leading the way with 1,057 yards. Brock Zeller of Elk Point-Jefferson has 1,002 yards while Austin Hulscher of Wilmot has 1,030 yards. Now there may be others over 1K but these are only players I am aware of. If you know of others, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the 1K guys, seven others have surpassed 700 yards throwing. It appears that Lucas Ching of Castlewood leads the way with 14 TD passes in 9-man ranks while Zeller has 12 in 11-man. Go to the bottom of this blog to see an updated season lists of last week's top performances and season stats in rushing, receiving and passing.
Laying some Groundwork
In 2012, eight running backs, led by Deubrook Area's Ryan Knutson, have left defenders in their running wake. Knutson, who has one 300-yard game (303, 6 TDs) and a pair of 200 (215, and 235) performances added a 157-yard outing to his resume a week ago as the Dolphins, ranked #3 in 9AA, won for a fourth straight time. He has a state-best 910 yards and 14 TDs and has gone over 2,000 yards (2,107) for his career. Chase Bronson of Wilmot has accumulated 718 yards this season with five others, Darin Wieseler of Faulkton Area (690), Logan Koopman of Tri-Valley (676), Blake Reynolds of Parker (670), Tanner Lambert of Dakota Valley (661) and Andrew Odden of Colome (646) all over 640 yards on the season.
Three prep receivers are also making an impression with aerial acrobatics. Blake Donnelly of Elk Point-Jefferson has already caught 37 passes (state high regardless of class) for 573 yards with seven TDs. Ckyler Floyd of Harding County also has over 30 catches with his total of 31 tops in 9-man ranks. He has 524 yards receiving and five TDs. Meanwhile Hulscher's primary receiver in Wilmot has been Landon Hammer, who has 28 receptions for 638 yards and nine TDs. Hammer's yardage total is the best in South Dakota.
Canistota Goes for 29th Straight
9A Canistota extended its winning streak to 28 games, which ranks fourth all-time. Canistota will try and extend the streak to 29 games when they host 9B #1 Viborg-Hurley (4-0) on Friday. It is the second time (Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan in 9AA) that the Hawks have hosted a top-ranked 9-man team.
Flemmer Gets 100th and Other Coaching Notes
Ross Flemmer of Dell Rapids St. Mary won the 100th game of his coaching career last Friday with a 36-30 win over Colman-Egan in overtime. With the win Flemmer improves his career record to 100-27, which is a winning percentage of .787. Joel Huber has directed his Clark/Willow Lake team to a 4-1 record which moves his record to 125-100 for his career. Brian Hermanson's top-ranked Washington team is 5-0 which improves his all-time record to 75-16 (.824). Also in the coaching ranks, Brad Benson of Chester Area (2-2) needs two wins to get to 50 for his career. He has a 48-33 (.592) mark. Across the border, West Lyon head coach Jay Rozeboom is just two wins from 200. He has a career mark of 198-37 (.843).
Scoring On the Upswing
Five weeks into the season, 158 South Dakota prep teams have scored at least 40 points in a game while 92 others have been shut out. In addition, 51 teams have recorded 50-59 points with 18 scoring between 60-69 and eight teams breaking the 70-point mark. The teams scoring 70 or more include Herreid Selby (76) in week two; Wilmot (70) and Stanley County (76) in week three, Brandon Valley (71), Washington (73), Leola/Frederick (74) and Wolsey-Wessington (74) in week four and Rapid City Central (76) in week five. Three other teams, Cheyenne Eagle Butte (week 2) Deubrook Area, and Faith (week 3) all have scored 68 in a game. Here is a week-by-week points breakdown -
Week 1 - 40-49, 9; 50-59, 5; 60-69, 3; 70, 0
Week 2 - 40-49, 15; 50-59, 11; 60-69, 2; 70, 1
Week 3 - 40-49, 18; 50-59, 9; 60-69, 6; 70-79, 2
Week 4 - 40-49, 19; 50-59, 14; 60-69, 3; 70-79, 4
Week 5 - 40-49, 20; 50-59, 12; 60-69, 4; 70-79, 1
Minnesota Rivalry Look-in
In a battle of unbeatens last Friday, Luverne topped Pipestone Area, 28-7, as quarterback Skyler Wenninger had 13 carries for 108 yards and a TD. He also completed 2-of-4 passes for 44 yards. Wenninger splits duties at quarterback with Brett Heronimus, who was 1-3 for 37 yards passing and had nine carries for 28 yards and a TD. Luverne also received TDs from Wyatt Aubert and Andrew Verhey. Pipestone, which had just 34 yards rushing, was led by senior quarterback Jacob Derby, who completed 18-of-22 passes for 189 yards and a TD. Senior running back Alex Ossefort had eight catches for 82 yards and a TD. Pipestone was hurt by four turnovers. Next up for Luverne is Windom on Friday while Pipestone faces Marshall.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. SF Washington 2. Brandon Valley 3. Roosevelt 4. Yankton 5. Lincoln
#1 Sioux Falls Washington (5-0)
Washington rolled past Watertown, 58-7, as Nate Gerry had four TDs, including three TD receptions (11, 21, 88) and a pick-six from 18 yards. Gerry had three receptions for 120 yards and now has 12 catches for 260 yards and five TDs receiving on the year. He also has three other TDs on special teams and defense. SF Washington, which owns a 236-to-21 overall scoring advantage over opponents, had a streak of 10 straight quarters of shutout football end when the Arrows scored in the second quarter on Friday. The Warriors have allowed three TDs in five games. Against Watertown, Sam Cooke had nine carries for 89 yards and a one-yard TD run. Senior quarterback Jon Hander finished 10-of-16 for 227 yards with four TD throws of 11, 21, 88 and 13 yards.
#2 Brandon Valley (5-0)
Chase Marso completed 17-of-38 passes for 307 yards and three TDs - all to standout receiver Matthew VandeBerg - to lead the Lynx to a 31-13 win over #3 Lincoln. VandeBerg had four TDs, including a 68-yard catch on BV's first offensive play and a 96-yard interception return for a TD that ended Lincoln's comeback attempt and iced the win for the Lynx. Overall, VandeBerg had 10 catches for 182 yards and also had TD receptions of nine and 10 yards. The Lynx have scored 42.6 points per game and allowed just 10.2. In the first half, BV has a 133-24 edge and have outscored opponents 33-0 in the fourth quarter. For the season, BV has 253 plays for 1,591 yards in total offense, including 1,186 passing yards.
#3 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (4-1)
Roosevelt, which was without sophomore QB Taryn Christion, used Mikal Smith's return (from injury) as a spark in a 45-0 win over Rapid City Stevens, which held the Rough Riders to just 14 points in the first half. Smith had a 99-yard kickoff return to open the game and later added a 80-yard scoring run in the second half. Jeremiah Clark had a 68-yard punt return for a score. With Christion out, freshman Jett Thune took over. After some struggles in the first half, Thune started clicking in the second half, finishing 7-of-16 for 114 yards and TDs of 47-yards to Clark and 35-yards to Taylor Bren.
#4 Yankton (5-0)
The Bucks are showcasing an explosive offense in the past few weeks. One week after generating 611 yards in total offense, they had 439 in a 19-0 win over Brookings. Levi Davis had 22 carries for 124 yards and a TD (9) to lead the rushing attack. QB Michael Rucker had a TD run (2) and TD pass (33), completing 13-of-18 for 196 yards. Kaleb Vig was 9-of-18 for 101 yards for Brookings.
#5 Sioux Falls Lincoln (3-2)
The Patriots dropped a 31-13 decision to second-ranked Brandon Valley in a game much closer than the final score. The Pats missed two field goals and had a TD called back due to penalty. Connor Burchill was 24-of-48 for 310 yards and a TD. Running back Caden Quintanillia had 23 carries for 98 yards to lead the ground attack.
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O'Gorman (2-3) rolled to a 50-0 home win over Sturgis by scoring on eight of their nine first-half possessions. They had 303 rushing yards at halftime. Eion Donelan had nine carries for 119 yards and TD of 1, 5 and 37 yards. O'G quarterback Blake Hilmoe had a TD throw and TD run. Pierre (4-1) won its fourth straight game with a 34-6 decision over Mitchell as Austin Wagner had seven carries for 110 yards rushing and three TDs (13, 45, 44) for the Govs. Alex Gray completed 3-of-6 passes for 201 yards and two TDs. His three passes were 51 yards to Wagner as well as TD throws of 87 and 63 yards to Austin Christopherson, who had two catches for 150 yards. Pierre had 404 yards in total offense, balanced as it was with 201 passing and 203 rushing. Jace Jerome added 18 carries for 56 yards. Pierre had three drives of three plays or less, including two, one-play TD drives.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Dakota Valley 2. Dell Rapids 3. Tea Area 4. Spearfish 5. Harrisburg
#1 Dakota Valley (4-0)
Despite not playing, Dakota Valley, which hosts Vermillion on Friday, moved into the top spot in 11A after Dell Rapids lost to Tri-Valley. The Panthers, led by Tanner Lambert's 661 yards rushing this season, have been dominate in four wins with a 143-to-37 overall points edge.
#2 Dell Rapids (3-1)
Dell Rapids fell to 11B #2 Tri-Valley, 28-21, on the road as an 11-game winning streak ended. The Quarriers, which had just 159 yards on the ground, fell to #2 in the 11A rankings for the first time in nearly a year. The Quarriers were led by Cole Langer with 13 rushes for 67 yards. Dell Rapids, a two-time defending champ, is 26-2 over the past three seasons and have not lost to a Class 11A team. In fact the Quarriers' only losses have been to 11B Tri-Valley, 21-14 at Dell Rapids a year ago, and 28-21 to the Mustangs in Colton last Friday night.
#3 Tea Area (4-0)
Tea Area won a fourth straight game to open the season as Taylor Roeman had 164 yards rushing and two TDs in a 37-0 road win over Canton. Mitchell Nissen provided 102 yards receiving and a TD. Gunnar Ensz, who had a 94-yard TD run, added 124 yards and a pair of TD runs. Tea Area, which led 30-0 at halftime, visits Dell Rapids on Friday. Tea Area has recorded 13 consecutive shutout quarters and three straight shutouts. Overall they have a 165-to-6 scoring advantage in four wins.
#4 Spearfish (4-1)
Spearfish, directed by head coach Bruce Bresee, handed Hot Springs a 31-6 decision on Friday as Nate Rotert had 10 carries for 65 yards and two TDs. He also had three catches for 39 yards. Michael Deichert added six carries for 75 yards and Spencer Moody had 14 carries for 58 yards as the Spartans ran for 236 yards on 44 carries. Spearfish, which led 31-0 at halftime, also had a 70-yard punt return TD by Mason Kaitfors, while quarterback Brandon Kemp completed 6-of-12 passes for 76 yards and a TD.
#5 Harrisburg (4-1)
Harrisburg, led by head coach Brandon White, moved into the rankings for the first time after recording a 26-20 home win over West Central. The Tigers were led by quarterback Andrew McCuen, who accounted for four TDs, including the two-yard run midway through the fourth quarter that broke a 20-20 time. McCuen also had TD runs of 41 and 40 yards plus a 77-yard TD pass to Brandon Appledorn. He finished with 12 carries for 113 yards and completed 6-of-11 passes for 131 yards. McCuen finished with 100 yards rushing for the second straight week.
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West Central, which dropped from the KSFY-KWSN rankings for the first time in a few years, dropped a 26-20 decision to Harrisburg. West Central was led by quarterback Noah Matson, who was 8-of-12 passes for 84 yards and a 32-yard TD throw to end Mitch Brockhaus. Matson also had a one-yard TD run. Madison (2-3) took a 48-19 win over Milbank Area (2-2) as Rush Milne had 18 carries for 98 yards and TD runs of three and 18, plus a 31-yard TD reception. Brent Waldner had a 24-yard TD run and a 42-yard TD punt return. Preston Nordling was also in the mix with a 100-yard interception return. Madison quarterback Jacob Giles, completed 11-of-18 passes for 151 yards. Milbank Area struggled offensively with just 32 rushing yards on 24 carries but threw for 184, led by Taylor B
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Flandreau 2. Tri-Valley 3. Winner 4. Aberdeen Roncalli 5. Webster Area
#1 Flandreau (4-0)
The Fliers, which own a 148-to-44 scoring differential, travel to face Garretson (2-2) after an off-week. Flandreau averages 361 yards rushing per game.
#2 Tri-Valley (3-1)
Tri-Valley ended an 11-game winning streak by Dell Rapids, defeating the Quarriers for the second straight year in a 28-21 win. Brett Page threw a pair of TDs to key the win. The Mustangs own a 156-to-101 overall scoring edge. Logan Koopman remains one of the most explosive backs in South Dakota with 676 yards rushing, the best in 11-man ranks. Page has completed 17-of-31 passes for 254 yards and six TDs.
#3 Winner (5-0)
The Warriors rolled to a 47-0 win over Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian as Ben Connot had eight carries for 115 yards and a 61-yard TD run. Kyle Bertram added six carries for 50 yards and a 10-yard TD run along with a 37-yard TD reception. Nate Galbraith added two carries for 91 yards and TDs of 13 and 78 yards. Winner, which averages 340 yards rushing per game, has had three players account for five 100-yard or better rushing games this season. Leading rusher Ben Connot has 59 carries for 509 yards and six TDs while Bertram has recorded 57 carries for 470 yards and nine combined TDs.
#4 Aberdeen Roncalli (5-0)
Aberdeen Roncalli broke open a close game with a 19-6 advantage in the third quarter and handed #5 Deuel, a 27-6 setback. Matt Swallow had six carries for 80 yards and a 47-yard TD and two receiving TDs (31, 8) to lead the way for the Cavaliers. He finished with four catches for 49 yards. Sophomore quarterback sensation Zach Lindquist completed 10-of-17 passes for 117 yards and two TDs. Terry Dosch's Roncalli crew has outscored opponents, 149-to-26, and has record two shutouts while allowing two other teams to no more than seven points. On the season, Swallow has 36 carries for 482 yards and five TDs along with 16 receptions for 234 yards and eight TDs. Lucas Lorenz has 42 carries for 340 yards and two TD along with 14 catches for 198 yards and three TDs. Dalton Cox has 50 carries for 295 yards and three TD. Lundquist is 52-of-95 for 600 yards and 14 TDs.
#5 Webster Area (4-0)
Webster Area, which owns a 124-to-22 scoring advantage over four opponents, defeated Mobridge-Pollock, 21-14. Andy Rithmiller had 32 carries for 217 yards and a 33-yard TD. Jared McClurg added 17 carries for 97 yards and a 10-yard TD. Webster Area, which is ranked for the first time this year, had 53 carries for 339 yards. Rithmiller has 72 carries for 500 yards and five TDs while McClurg has 54 carries for 305 yards and seven TDs for Webster Area.
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Deuel (3-2), which had only lost to #1 Flandreau, 36-22, had a three-game winning streak halted by #4 Aberdeen Roncalli, 27-6, in Clear Lake. Deuel, which is outscoring opponents 136-to-92, is led by dual threat quarterback Lincoln Swenson and wide receiver Trevor Cassels. Against Roncalli, Swenson had 135 yards rushing and 47 yards passing, including a 25-yard throw to Cassels for a TD. Led by Oliver Doeden's one-yard run with a minute left, Beresford (2-2) edged Elk Point-Jefferson (1-4) 33-32. Doeden was 12-of-25 for 209 yards and two TDs (28, 43). Austin Meester had eight catches for 112 yards and 43-yard TD. Dalton Jones added 17 carries for 136 yard and a TD. Brock Zeller led EP/J with five combined TDs, including passes of 8, 84, 39 and 31 yards as well as a 20-yard TD run. One of the state's top receivers, Blake Donnelly had seven catches for 188 yards and TD receptions of 8, 84 and 39 yards. Britton-Hecla (1-4)received five TDs from Landon Olson and defeated 11A Sisseton (1-3), 38-18. Olson completed 11-of-19 passes for 220 yards with TD throws of 47, 23, 25, and four to Dallas Goedert as well as a four-yard throw to Kyle Werner. Nathan Jones added 16 carries for 72 yards and a 37-yard TD run. Goedert finished with five catches for 131 yards and four TDs. Sisseton was led by Darin Peterson, who had eight carries for 135 yards and two TD while completed 7-of-19 passes for 192 and a TD. Custer (3-1) defeated Belle Fourche, 20-14 as Chase Glazier completed 15-of-22 passes for 26 yards and a TD.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 2. Kimball/White Lake 3. Deubrook Area. 4. Howard 5. Leola/Frederick
#1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (3-1)
BEE moved to 3-1 with a convincing 55-8 win over 9A Hansen. Senior fullback Anthony Huber had 170 yards rushing and three TDs for the Seahawks, which won its second straight game. Jace Connor had 52 yards throwing and a TD to Kyelle Herrick. BEE, which hosts #4 Howard on Friday, is averaging 46 points per game and allowing just 10.5. They own a decided advantage on the ground, compiling 306.5 rushing yards per game while allowing opponents 150.3. The Seahawks have a 17-4 edge in rushing TDs and 7-2 in passing as well as a 67.5 to 58.3 yardage advantage through the air. Huber leads the team with 54 carries for 546 yards and eight TDs. Jace Connor, who has 170 yards rushing, has an unreal passing percentage of 83 percent, completing 19-of-23 for 270 yards and seven TDs. He has not thrown an interception. This is a team that strikes fast as they have outscored foes, 112-to-12 in the first half and 48-0 in the first quarter.
#2 Kimball/White Lake (5-0)
Kimball White Lake rolled to a fifth straight win with a 45-6 win over Lyman. In five games, the WiLdKats have compiled a 231-to-70 scoring advantage. They face 9A #4 Corsica-Stickney on Sept. 28. Kimball was led by quarterback Jesse Taylor, who had nine rushes for 67 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor also went 6-for-9 passing with 68 yards and a TD. Jake Kirsch finished with 138 yards rushing and two TD for Kimball. Charlie LaRoche led Lyman with 150 yards rushing with a 70-yard scoring run.
#3 Deubrook Area (4-0)
Led by Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area moved to 4-0 with a 34-14 win over 9B #3 Castlewood (3-1). Knutson had an interception and 21 carries for 157 yards rushing with two TDs (40, 36). He now has 910 yards rushing on 78 carries and 14 TDs. He also went over 2,000 yards on his career (2,107 yards). Deubrook Area also received a 54-yard scoring run from Riley Hanson, who also caught a 13-yard scoring strike from Taylor Olson. Dalton Kruse added a 77-yard TD run. Tyler Jensen led the defense with 14 tackles and fumble recovery..
#4 Howard (3-1)
Howard rolled to a 49-6 win over Freeman as Luke Loudenburg had 155 yards rushing on 12 carries with three TDs. Landon Laible had a 45-yard TD throw to Cole Potter and an eight-yard TD run. Evan Donahue added five carries for 127 yards. Howard will travel to meet #1 BEE on Friday. Laible has completed 23-30 passes for 316 yards and seven TDs. Donahue has 32 carries for 274 yards and two TDs while Loudenberg leads the Tigers with 56 carries for 450 yards and five TDs. Cole Potter has 31 carries for 420 yard and five scores.
#5 Leola/Frederick (4-0)
Leola/Frederick, which has compiled a 218-to-22 point differential against four opponents, defeated Eureka/Bowdle, 38-0. Brian Sumption had 22 carries for 196 yards and five total TDs including runs of 57, 16, 1, and eight and a 21-yard TD reception. Overall, Leola Frederick had 44 carries for 246 yards. Sumption has scored nine TDs in two weeks, including six by run, two by special team and one by reception.
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Potter County (3-1), previously ranked #4, fell from the rankings after a 28-14 setback to 9A Herreid/Selby (4-0) on the road. Parker (3-2) continues to play well after a 3-6 season. Last weekend, they defeated Chester Area, 30-12. After a scoreless first half, Parker scored 18 points in the third quarter and added 12 in the fourth. Blake Reynolds, who had 28 carries for 153 yards and three TDs, scored the clinching score in the fourth quarter on a three-yard run. He also scored on runs of two and four yards. Seth Dykstra added 13 carries for 74 yards and a TD. Parker finished with 53 carries for 275 yards. Chester Area was led by Austin Opdahl who had 16 carries for 145 yards and a pair of TDs (1, 15). Gregory (4-1) rebounded from their first loss of the year by defeating Marty Indian School, 65-14. The Gorillas are led by quarterback Jaden Bartling, who has thrown for 717 yards, completing 36-of-60 passes and 10 TDs. He also has 52 carries for 549 yards and 12 TDs, which gives him 1,428 all purpose yards in 13 quarters of play. Gregory has scored 244 points and allowed 111. In total offense, the Gorillas have 217 plays for 2,000 yards. Clark-Willow Lake (4-1) took a 21-6 win over Tri-State as Lane Hovde had 20 carries for 198 yards and TD runs of 34, 23 and six yards. Clark-Willow Lake totaled 252 yards rushing on 45 carries. DeSmet/Iroquois (2-2) defeated Oldham-Ramona-Rutland, 30-0 on Friday. This year, they have been led by senior Eugene Martin who has 70 carries for 422 yards while Andrew Foley has 59 carries for 329 yards. Junior Jesse Gebhart has completed 21-of-44 passes for 225 yards and three TDs. Martin already has 52 tackles on defense with five sacks. White River (5-0) won its fifth straight game with a 46-42 win over New Underwood. They have a 197-to-112 scoring differential.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Canistota 2. Irene-Wakonda 3. Warner 4. Corsica/Stickney 5. Hamlin
#1 Canistota (4-0)
The Hawks won for the 28th straight time with a 63-12 win over Mt. Vernon on Friday. Now 4-0, they have scored 118 points in the past two games with a point differential of 154-to-36. Against Mt. Vernon, Canistota led 33-0 after one quarter and 47-6 at halftime. Cody Bunger was 3-of-8 for 87 yards and three TDs (39, 37, 11) to lead. Canistota, which totaled 16 carries for 323 yards. Bunger had four carries for 76 yards and a 70-yard TD run. Alex Robertson added six carries for 121 yards and TDs of 38 and 49 yards on the ground. Nick Hofer had two carries for 67 yards and a TD while Eric Tiesezen had three carries for 52 yards and two TDs (39-yard pass, 57 yard run) while Boone DeKramer had two TD receptions of 37 and 11 yards.
#2 Irene-Wakonda (5-0)
Irene-Wakonda defeated Centerville, 51-18, as quarterback Dustin Livingston accounted six TDs in the win. Livingston, who has 18 total TDs this season, threw for 67 yards and two TDs, had six carries for 90 yards rushing and three TDs along with a 77-yard kickoff return for a TD. Livingston has had a TD by pass, rush, punt return and kickoff return this season, an interesting grouping for a quarterback. Garrett Schmidt had 47 yards rushing and a TD along with a 60-yard TD throw. They own a 230-to-39 overall scoring edge against opponents. Livingston, who has scored 93 points in five games, has completed 18-of-33 passes for 312 yards and five TDs. Livingston, which is averaging 12.7 yards a carry, has 43 carries for 546 yards and 11 TDs. As a squad, I-W, which is scoring 46.0 points per game, has averaged 250.8 yards rushing and 62.4 yards passing for 311 yards per game. The team's rushing totals include 24-199; 24-221; 43-332; 43-246; and 34-256. In addition, they have scored at least four rushing TDs in every game.
#3 Warner (4-0)
Warner, led by Clay Rozell's three TD throws, defeated Faulkton Area, 46-0. Rozell completed 8-of-10 passes for 208 yards and TDs of 29, 10 and 18 yards. Derrell Tuszka had five catches for 106 yards receiving. He also had a TD catch of 19 yards and a 56-yard scoring run. Mitchell Boesl added TD runs of six and 11 yards while Adam Ochsner had a 24-yard TD run and a 29-yard TD reception. Warner has outscored opponents by a 163-to-20 margin.
#4 Corsica/Stickney (3-1)
Gunnar Baan Hofman rushed for 118 yards and a TD and Eli Van Roekel had three TD runs for the Jaguars which rebounded from a loss last week with a 54-0 win over 9AA Andes Central (2-2). They own an overall 172-to=44 point differential. Corsica/Stickney has scored 50 points or more in three games this season.
#5 Hamlin (4-0)
Hamlin won for the fourth straight time with a 48-8 win over Waubay-Summit. The Chargers have been dominate with a 176-to-36 overall scoring advantage. Hamlin, which has won six games dating back to the 2011 season, rushed for 254 carries on 47 carries against Waubay-Summit. Dusty Quiram had 84 yards rushing and three others with 40 yards or more rushing Ben Koisti (44), Austin Neiman (47) and Mason Leiseth (49), who had two TD runs.
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Wilmot (4-1) dropped a 36-32 decision to Waverly-South Shore (3-2), the defending 9B champions. For W/SS Tyler Mundahl had 19 carries for 117 yards and TDs of one and 21 yards. W/SS had 49 carries for 267 yards. Wilmot rushed for 202 yards on 37 carries, led by Chase Bronson, who had 29 carries for 170 yards and two TDs (4,20). Austin Hulscher completed 13-of-23 passes for 183 yards and had a 38-yard TD pass and TD runs of one and 19 yards. Landon Hammer had seven receptions for 117 yards. Hulscher, who has accounted for 21 TDs (13 by pass) this season, has 1,032 passing yards and has had at least 183 yards passing in all five games. Hammer has 28 catches for 638 yards and nine TDs this season. Herreid-Selby (4-0) defeated 9AA #4 Potter County, 28-14, at home. They own a 204-28 overall scoring advantage over four opponents. Faith (4-0) ran past Timber Lake, 50-0, and have outscored opponents, 171-20. Arlington (4-0) recorded a 38-29 comeback win over Elkton-Lake Benton (2-2) and remained unbeaten. Andrew King had TD runs of 1 and 15 yards and threw TD passes of 56 yards to Lake Weber and four yards to Tomas Toucedo. Zach Warnke had TDs of 4 and 15 yards while Wyatt Forbes had 138 yards on 12 carries. Arlington has a 189-to-59 overall scoring edge this season.
KSFY-KWSN Rankings: 1. Viborg-Hurley 2. Harding County 3. Colome 4. Castlewood 5. Hitchcock/Tulare
#1 Viborg-Hurley (4-0)
Top-ranked Viborg-Hurley was idle this week and will face 9A #1 Canistota on Sept. 28. V-H has a 176-to-32 scoring advantage over its opponents this season and has scored at least 44 points three times. Trevor Gerdes leads the powerful offensive attack with 48 carries for 454 yards and nine TDs.
#2 Harding County (5-0)
The Ranchers recorded a fifth straight shutout with a 48-0 win over Philip. They now own a 255-0 scoring margin over opponents. Jeff Feist completed 13-of-19 passes for 233 yards and three TDs and rushed 12 times for 87 yards. Windom Hewson had 12 carries for 68 yards. Ckyler Floyd caught seven passes for 128 yards and a TD and also had two interceptions. Harvey Mollman added two catches for 62 yards. Harding County had five sacks and two interceptions. The Ranchers, who scored 51.0 ppg, are averaging 176.2 yards passing and 253.4 yards rushing. Quarterback Jess Feist has been one of the state's top dual threat players. He has completed 50-71 passes for 855 yards and 12 TDs with just one interception. He also has 44 carries for 515 yards and eight TDs.
#3 Colome (4-1)
Colome defeated Plankinton, 48-8, as quarterback Terrance Kinzer accounted for four TDs. Kinzer completed 3-of-4 passes for 72 yards with a 10-yard TD throw and rushed eight times for 90 yards and TDs of two and 27 yards. He also had a 57-yard punt return for a score. Andrew Odden added 17 carries for 142 yards and TDs of 58 and 37 yards. Cole McCarty had five carries for 97 yards, including a 96-yard scoring run. Colome improved their overall scoring margin to 204-to-123. They have scored 44 points or more three times. Kinzer now has completed 18-of-32 passes for 320 yards and four TDs with 56 carries for 508 yards and 10 TDs as a dual threat signal caller. Odden has 97 carries for 646 yards and 11 TDs.
#4 Castlewood (3-1)
Castlewood, which owns a 164-56 overall scoring edge over its opponents, lost a 34-14 decision to 9AA Deubrook Area. Lucas Ching completed 11-of-21 passes for 199 yards, including a 75-yard pitch and catch with Case Wiorda. Carson Borer had 23 carries for 86 yards for Castlewood.
#5 Hitchcock-Tulare (3-2)
Hitchcock-Tulare used a powerful rushing attack to take a 44-18 win over Langford Area, which was #5 in last week's poll. Dan Marshall had 23 carries for 204 yards with TDs of 2, 91 and 1 yards. His backfield mate, Cole Chapin added 27 carries for 186 yards and TDs of four and 30 yards. Overall, Hitchcock-Tulare had 62 carries for 457 yards and six TDs. Langford Area had just 149 yards in total offense but had a strong performance from Drew Planteen, who had a 78-yard kickoff return for a TD, a 59-yard scoring run and a 47-yard TD reception. Bo Fries completed 4-of-8 passes for 75 yard and the TD.
Around 9B Circles
Waverly-South Shore (3-2), the defending 9B champions, defeated 9A #5 Wilmot, 36-32. Avon (3-2) rolled to a 60-16 over Scotland as Brandon Kocmich had seven carries for 192 yards rushing and three TDs while Devin Tolsma added eight carries for 189 yards and four TDs. Avon, which led 46-0 at halftime, rolled up 538 yards in total offense, including 38 carries for 516 yards rushing. For the season, Avon has 169 carries for 1,271 yards or 254.2 yards per game. Kocmich, who has three 100-yard rushing games (130, 123, 192) has totaled 42 carries for 503 yards and seven TDs. Tolsma has 33 carries for 359 yards and seven TDs, forming quite a dynamic "Pirate" duo. Marion continues to have success in a turnaround season, moving to 3-2 with a 52-0 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour. Andrew Grassl had 15 carries for 152 yards with TD runs of 36 and 15 yards. Quarterback Nick Gortmaker was 3-of-3 for 23 yards and a 10-yard TD pass to Jacob Wuertz. Gortmaker also had 10 carries for 86 yards and a pair of TD runs (36, 1).
Weekly Honor Roll - Player Plaudits
Game - Passing
Chase Marso, Brandon Valley, 17-38-307-3 TDs
Connor Burchill, Lincoln, 24-48-310-TD
Brock Zeller, Elk Point-Jefferson, 10-28-230-4 TDs (8, 84, 39, 31)
Jon Hander, Washington, 10-16-227-4 TDs (11, 21, 88 and 13)
Chase Glazier, Custer, 15-22-226-TD
Landon Olson, Britton-Hecla, 11-19-220-5 TDs (47, 23, 25, 4, 4)
Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 12-25-209-2 TDs (28, 43)
Alex Gray, Pierre, 3-6-201-TDs (87, 63)
Darin Peterson, Sisseton, 7-19-192-TD (61)
Taylor Boerger, Milbank Area, 11-20-184
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 6-11-131-TD (77)
Jess Feist, Harding County, 13-19-233-3 TDs
Clay Rozell, Warner, 8-10-208-3 TDs (29, 10, 18)
Austin Hulscher, Wilmot, 13-23-183-TD (38)
Nick Larson, Herreid/Selby, 7-7-162-3 TDs (15, 61, 32)
Cole Casper, Lake Preston, 9-14-129-TD
Game - Rushing
Anthony Hopkins, Little Wound, 17-197-3 TDs
Dalton Jones, Beresford, 17-136-TD (32)
Darin Peterson, Sisseton, 8-135-2 TDs (1, 2)
Pedro Villalobos, Hill City, 15-126-3 TDs (3, 60, 63 runs, plus 60-yd. int. return)
Kenneth Myers, Custer, 28-121-TD
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 12-113-3 TDs (2, 41, 40)
Eion Donelan, O'Gorman, 9-119-3 TDs (5, 1, 37)
Austin Wagner, Pierre, 7-110-3 TDs (13, 45, 44)
Kasey Kurtz, Groton Area, 28-108
Jake Baloun, Redfield/Doland, 26-107
Caden Quintanillia, Lincoln, 23-98-TD
Dan Marshall, Hitchcock-Tulare, 23-204-3 TDs (2, 91, 1)
Lane Hovde, Clark-Willow Lake, 20-198-3 TDs (34, 23, 6)
Brian Sumption, Leola/Frederick, 22-196-5 total TDs (four by run, 57, 16, 1, 8)
Brandon Kocmich, Avon, 7-193-3 TDs
Devin Tolsma, Avon, 8-189-4 TDs
Cole Chaplin, Hitchcock-Tulare, 27-186-2 TDs (4, 30)
Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 29-170-2 TDs (4, 20)
Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area, 21-157-2 TDs (40, 36)
Blake Reynolds, Parker, 28-153-3 TDs (2, 4, 3)
Andrew Grassl, Marion, 15-152-2 TDs (36, 15)
Charles LaRoche, Lyman, 22-150-TD (70)
Austin Opdahl, Chester Area, 16-145-2 TDs (1, 15)
Jaden Denison, 12-144-3 TDs
Andrew Odden, Colome, 17-142-2 TDs (58,37)
Jacob Kirsch, Kimball-White Lake, 12-138-2 TDs
Wyatt Forbes, Arlington, 12-138
Trevor Easton, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central, 25-128-3 TDs (1, 10, 3)
Tyler Mundahl, Waverly-South Shore, 19-117-2 TDs (1, 21)
Matt Konrad, Estelline, 105
Austin Iverson, Herreid-Pollock, 18-103-2 total TDs (11 run)
Carson Borer, Castlewood, 23-86
Game - Receiving
Blake Donnelly, Elk Point-Jefferson, 7-188-3 TDs (8, 84, 39)
Matthew VandeBerg, Brandon Valley, 10-182, 3 TDs (68, 10, 9)
Austin Christopherson, Pierre, 2-150 (87, 63)
Dylan Bartow, Lincoln, 10-143
Dallas Goedert, Britton-Hecla, 5-131-4 TDs (47, 23, 25, 4)
Austin Meester, Beresford, 8-112-TD (43)
Ckyler Floyd, Harding County, 7-128,-TD
Landon Hammer, Wilmot, 7-117
Michael Bradford, Lake Preston, 5-116-TD
Derrell Tuszka, Langford Area, 5-106
Chase Marso, Brandon Valley, 81-135-1,057-11 TDs
Brock Zeller, Elk Point-Jefferson, 70-148-1,002-12 TDs
Taryn Christion, Roosevelt, 50-83-809-6 TDs
Jon Hander, Washington, 47-79-780-10 TDs
Connor Burchill, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 54-111-770-8 TDs
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 44-87-715-7 TDs
Alex Gray, Pierre, 24-60-667-11 TDs
Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 31-50-652-7 TDs
Kaleb Vig, Brookings, 48-101-612-6 TDs
Chase Glacier, Custer, 43-66-612-4 TDs
Jacob Giles, Madison, 48-102-612-3 TDs
Zach Lundquist, Aberdeen Roncalli, 52-95-600-14 TDs
Michael Rucker, Yankton, 39-63-571-3 TDs
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 28-77-550-9 TDs
Aaron Likness, Dakota Valley, 33-70-436-4 TDs
Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 40-87-642-4 TDs
Brandon Kemp, Spearfish, 38-61-482-3 TDs
Logan Gabriel, Watertown, 48-98-388-3 TDs
Matt Kolbeck, Dell Rapids, 15-34-316-3 TDs
Noah Matson, West Central, 21-43-300-4 TDs
Brett Page, Tri-Valley, 17-31-254-6 TDs
Tanner Fritz, Winner, 11-22-222-3 TDs
Austin Hulscher, Wilmot, 55-89-1,030-13 TDs
Jess Feist, Harding County, 50-71-855-12 TDs
Lucas Ching, Castlewood, 40-67-760-14 TDs
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 36-60-717-10 TDs
Sam Pond, Waverly-South Shore, 41-70-496-10 TDs
Austin Opdahl, Chester Area, 27-58-466-6 TDs
Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 17-33-426-6 TDs
Cody Bunger, Canistota, 19-31-384-7 TDs
Chayce Hall, Potter County, 12-22-339-2 TDs
Landon Laible, Howard, 23-30-316-7 TDs
Dustin Livingston, Irene-Wakonda, 18-33-312-5 TDs
Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 22-47-285-5 TDs
Jace Connor, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 19-23-270-7 TDs
Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 15-28-248-3 TDs
Taylor Olsen, Deubrook Area, 24-51-229-4 TDs
Jesse Gebhart, DeSmet/Iroquois, 21-of-44-225-3 TDs.
Tate Nafziger, Potter County, 11-18-155-2 TDs
Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 6-11-130-TD
Mitchell Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 7-12-116-2 TDs
Logan Koopman, Tri-Valley, 66-676-8 TDs
Tanner Lambert, Dakota Valley, 88-661-8 TDs
Nate Rotert, Spearfish, 64-620-8 TDs
Jacob Patterson, Flandreau, 71-551-6 TDs
Jacob Patterson, Flandreau, 77-549-5 TDs
Austin Wagner, Pierre, 73-521- 5 TDs
Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 89-509-7 TDs
Ben Connot, Winner, 59-509-5 TDs
Matt Swallow, Aberdeen Roncalli, 36-482-5 TDs
Kyle Bertram, Winner, 57-470-7 TDs (6 by rush)
Mikey Daniel, Brookings, 61-466-4 TDs
Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg, 65-457-4 TD
Lincoln Swenson, Deuel, 85-453-3 TDs
Sam Cooke, Washington, 69-430-6 TDs
Levi Davis, Yankton, 55-428-3 TDs
Rush Milne, Madison, 97-419-10 TDs
Cody Majeres, Canton, 49-418-6 TDs
Jake Oberpriller, Hot Springs, 59-417-4 TDs
Cole Langer, Dell Rapids, 56-409-8 TDs
Seth Bjordal, Roosevelt, 73-401-4 TDs
Gunnar Ensz, Tea Area, 37-390-7 TDs
Lucas Lorenz, Aberdeen Roncalli, 42-340-2 TDs
Shay Bratland, Watertown, 77-353-2 TDs (5 combined)
Cody Bonte, Garretson, 51-330-4 TDs
Anthony Lueth, West Central, 51-322-5 TDs
Mitchel Foster, Flandreau, 32-307-5 TDs
Dalton Cox, Aberdeen Roncalli, 50-295-3 TDs
Kenneth Myers, Custer, 69-290-3 TDs
Trace Meyer, Winner, 50-289-2 TDs
Tony Tripp, Brandon Valley, 40-285-6 TDs
Jace Jerome, Pierre, 18-285-3 TDs
Matthew Svendsen, Pierre, 39-270-3 TDs
Cody Miller, West Central, 41-269-4 TDs
Nic Steffl, O'Gorman, 51-248-TD rec.
David Parsley, Flandreau, 20-241, 4 TDs
Lane Lebrun, Dell Rapids, 36-244- 2TD
Chase Deckert, Tea Area, 35-237-3 TDs
Evan Schroeder, Yankton, 30-231-2 TDs
Jace Christiansen, Flandreau, 26-214-3 TDs
Logan Otto, Tri-Valley, 28-194
Kyle Ackerman, Harrisburg, 32-191-3 TDs
Wade Lockhart, Hot Springs, 18-181-3 TDs
James Hisek, Yankton, 25-178-2 TDs
Sam Mader, Tri-Valley, 42-176-3 TDs
Jordan Lightner, Yankton, 36-174-2 TDs
Riley Knutson, Tea Area, 33-171
Danny Marlette, Washington, 25-170-2 TDs
Cody Bussell, West Central, 30-164-2 TDs
Sawyer Giese, Deuel, 24-159-3 TDs
Ryan Knutson, Deubrook Area, 78-910-14 TDs
Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 84-718-6 total TDs
Darin Wieseler, Faulkton Area, 83-690-4 TDs
Blake Reynolds, Parker, 92-670-10 TDs
Andrew Odden, Colome, 97-646-11 TDs
Austin Opdahl, Chester Area, 70-595-8 TDs
Andrew Grassl, Marion, 119-572-5 TDs
Dusty Quiram, Hamlin, 68-561-7 TDs
Jaden Bartling, Gregory, 52-549-12 TDs
Anthony Huber, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 54-546-8 TDs
Dustin Livingston, Irene-Wakonda, 43-546-11 TDs
Trevor Reinesch, Kimball/White Lake, 47-543-10 TDs
Jess Feist, Harding County, 44-515-8 TDs
Jacob Kirsch, Kimball/White Lake, 62-514-7 TDs
Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 56-508-10 TDs
Brandon Kocmich, Avon, 42-503-7 TDs
Trevor Gerdes, Viborg-Hurley, 48-454-9 TDs
Luke Loudenberg, Howard, 56-450-5 TDs
Colin Walth, Alcester-Hudson, 44-432-3 TDs
Eugene Martin, DeSmet/Iroquois, 70-422-5 TDs
Cole Potter, Howard, 31-420-5 TDs
Carson Borer, Castlewood, 50-407-6 TDs
Kyle Hehn, Chester Area, 45-376-4 TDs
Dexter Lick, Tri-State, 64-375-TD
Devin Tolsma, Avon, 33-359-7 TDs
Alex Robertson, Canistota, 34-348-3 TD
Andrew Foley, DeSmet/Iroquois, 59-329-4 TDs
Hayden Simon, Potter County, 60-316-7 TDs
Seth Dykstra, Parker, 64-315- 6 TDs
Steve Koch, Harding County, 35-278-7 TDs
Eric Tieszen, Canistota, 26-277-3 TDs
Evan Donahue, Howard, 32-274-2 TDs
Erik Barnes, Alcester-Hudson, 31-269-4 TDs
Windom Hewsom, Harding County, 31-263-4 TDs
Riley Hanson, Deubrook Area, 22-216- 5 total TD (2 by rush, 1 receiving, 2 KO returns)
Jonah Beck, Gregory, 24-207-2 TDs
Tyler Mundahl, Waverly-South Shore, 35-200-TD
Kyelle Herrick, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 33-193-TD
Nick Hofer, Canistota, 9-171-3 TDs
Jace Connor, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 27-170-TD
Cody Bunger, Canistota, 36-153-4 TDs
Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 27-143-3 TDs
Zeb Willis, Tri-State, 45-138-2 TD
Austin Hulscher, Wilmot, 26-120-8 TDs
Sam Pond, Waverly-South Shore, 55-108-2 TDs
Blake Donnelly, Elk Point-Jefferson, 37-573-7 TDs
Matthew VandeBerg, Brandon Valley, 28-384-7 TDs (11 combined TDs, 3 on def. returns)
A.J. Garrow, Brandon Valley, 21, 280-2 TD
:andon Neugebauer, Mitchell, 21-211
Austin Meester, Beresford, 19-336-TD
Brendon Waltner, Madison, 19-208-TD
Trevor DeSchepper, Harrisburg, 18-320-4 TDs
Tanner Hennings, Roosevelt, 18-304-2 TDs
Brandon Waltner, Madison, 17-222- 2 TD
Matt Swallow, Aberdeen Roncalli, 16-234-8 TDs
Dylan Bartow, Lincoln, 16-214-2 TDs
Trevor Cassels, Deuel, 14-386-9 TDs
Nate Winter, Brandon Valley, 14-236-TD
Lucas Lorenz, Aberdeen Roncalli, 14-198-3 TDs
Jess Poppen, Watertown, 14-129-TD
Austin Christopherson, Pierre, 12-392-6 TDs
Nate Gerry, Washington, 12-260- 5 TD
Mitchell Nissen, Tea Area, 11-282-3 TDs
Trevor Naasz, Lincoln, 10-265-4 TDs
Keshaun Britt, Lincoln, 10-155-TD
JJ Heyna, Yankton, 9-151-TD
Eriq Swiftwater, Hot Springs, 9-144
Tyler Tofte, Sioux Valley, 9-142-TD
Erik Hiltunen, Custer, 8-156-TD
Mason Kaitfors, Spearfish, 8-147- TDs
Bryce Koch, Dell Rapids, 7-179-3 TDs
Brody Van Ginkle, Dakota Valley, 6-120-TD
Troy Hunhoff, Yankton, 7-114
Riley Knutson, Tea Area, 7-97-2 TDs
Tanner Heiser, Watertown, 6-113-TD
Zach Lupica, Washington, 4-115-2 TDs
Ckyler Floyd, Harding County, 31-524-5 TDs
Landon Hammer, Wilmot, 28-638-9 TDs
Case Wiarda, Castlewood, 15-410-7 TDs
Gavin Kolden, Waverly-South Shore, 15-184-3 TDs
Andrew Taggart, Gregory, 11-236-5 TDs
Trevor Reil, Wilmot, 11-185-2 TDs
Austin Hooth, 11-175-2 TDs
Zach Stricherz, Waverly-South Shore, 11-149-2 TDs
Brennan Schmidt, Freeman, 10-210-4 TDs
Tristen Leiseth, Hamlin, 9-198-2 TDs
Austin Dossett, Chester Area, 8-161-2
Lyle LaFromboise, Alcester-Hudson, 8-156
Mason Leiseth, Hamlin, 7-212-2 TDs
Cole Raterman, Colome, 7-127-2 TDs
Clayton Dye, Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan, 7-71-4 TDs
Josh Curtis, Chester Area, 6-135-4 TDs
Boone DeKramer, Canistota, 6-122-3 TDs
Eric Tiesezen, Canistota, 3-130-TD
Tanner Heuer, Potter County, 2-92-TD