The quarterfinals of the South Dakota high school football playoffs are Monday night. In Class 9A, Canistota looks to continued their historic run with a third straight title.
If highlights can serve as a metaphor, the run displayed by 9-man football power Canistota over the past three seasons has elevated their program to a nearly untouchable status.
"We have had three great senior classes in a row, everyone knows what to do and wants to help carry us." says head coach Lenny Schoeder.
Currently standing at 9-0, the Hawks have now won a staggering 33-straight games. Trailing only freeman's 46-game state record set in the late 90's. And with the talent continuing to pile up they may just get there.
"I think we have the talent if everyone does there part. We can maybe make it there." says senior Cody Bunger
So what is the recipe for the sweet success? It is actually quite simple.
"We run the football, that is our go to. And when its not working we do it some more. Eventually it will work." says player Eric Tieszen.
And it has, led by talents like senior quarterback Cody Bunger and tailback Alex Robertson, the orange and black have averaged close to 50 points per game since 2010. They've won 16 of those contests by 42 points or more. Absolute domination.
"Everyone loves the big plays but for a coach, it's always about the execution of it all." says Schroeder.
Lenny Schroeder's team isnt afraid to mix it up either. Canistota has defeated Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan the past two seasons. And it would welcome the shot at other 9AA powers.
"It would be fun to play some of those other teams like Deubrook Area and Kimball/White Lake." says Tieszen.
For now their focus is on a bigger dream, a third straight trip to the Dome. In Canistota, Dylan Scott, KSFY Sports.