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Gridiron Blitz #2

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Dan Genzler, Gridiron Blitz Blogger Dan Genzler, Gridiron Blitz Blogger

With an explosive and action-packed week one in the books, prep football begins round two, which has numerous top flight matchups across the schedule. The gridiron will indeed be popping this week. 

Annually football fans are treated to top matchups in the President's Bowl and FCA Bowl held in Sioux Falls every year. This year, the President's Bowl, which was created 22 years ago (1992)  is Saturday night and will include #2 Sioux Falls Lincoln vs. #4 Sioux Falls O'Gorman at 4 p.m. with the #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt and #3 Sioux Falls Washington matchup set for 7 p.m. This highly anticipated event serves as the primary booster club funding source for the three public schools in Sioux Falls. Over the years, fundraising activities have included golf tournaments, a youth basketball tournament, 5K run/walk and more. The event, which draws over 15,000 people every year, will include a fireworks display during the halftime of the second game. It should be a fun day & night.

On Friday, three games will dot the schedule at the University of Sioux Falls Stadium with 9B #3 Avon facing 9AA #1 Gregory followed by Beresford and Sioux Falls Christian with the 9B #1 Canistota putting its 37-game winning streak on the line against rival Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 7 p.m. In addition, Friday night's schedule includes 9B #2 Hamlin at 9AA #3 Clark-Willow Lake. 11A #5 Madison hosts #1 and three-time defending champion Dell Rapids in their season opener. Out west, 11B #5 Hot Springs faces 11B #3 St. Thomas More. 

Rushmore Bowl Set for Friday

The Rushmore Bowl will be held Friday and will feature Rapid City Stevens vs. Yankton at 5 p.m. (MST) and the Rapid City Central host 11AA #1 Pierre at 8 p.m. (MST) at O'Harra Stadium. The Rushmore Bowl funds more than 120 activities in the Rapid City high schools and last year gave more than $60,000 to the Central and Stevens Booster Clubs for dispersion.

By the Numbers - Week 1

A total of 48 teams scored at least 30 points or more in week one action. While there were a lot of points, only six games went to the wire or being decided by eight points or less. A total of 13 teams were shut out with four teams scoring over 60 points, including a high of 66 by Webster Area. A total of 11 teams had 50 points or more while 26 recorded 40 points or better.

Canistota Continues Pursuit of  Freeman's All-time Consecutive Wins Mark  

With a 32-12 win over Hanson on opening night, Canistota has reeled off 37-straight victories and continues its pursuit of Freeman's all-time win mark of 46. They need nine more wins to tie Freeman's all-time nine-man mark and 10 puts them over the top. Regardless, if they reach the record or fall short, the Hawks will rank as one of South Dakota's most dominant programs, regardless of class. Take a look at the numbers. Canistota's point differential, both in-season and in the playoffs, spell out the power of this squad. In the playoffs, they have a fashioned a three-year combined 658-to-28 points advantage, including 212-to-14 in the 2012 season. This squad has rolled to 66-0, 66-6 and 52-8 in 9-man championship games at the DakotaDome. In three seasons, the Hawks have compiled 255 TDs (88, 2010; 77, 2011; 85, 2012; 5, 2013) with 1,875 points (627, 2010; 620, 2011; 596, 2012; 32, 2013) while allowing just 214 (38, 2010; 61, 2011; 103, 2012; 2013, 12) for a 50.67-to-5.78 points per game margin  Canistota has accumulated 14,054 yards (7.98 miles) in total offense on 1,382 plays or 10.17 yards per play. Of that total, the Hawks have 10,601 rushing yards.  Overall, Canistota recorded 1,161 rushes or an average of 8.90 yards per carry.  Hawks' quarterbacks have completed 164-of-279 passes for 3,436 yards.  

Player Notes – Quintanilla, Garrow, Hanson Shine
With 167 yards on Friday, Caden Quintanilla of Sioux Falls Lincoln went past 2,000 yards rushing in his career. The speedy senior, who recorded his 12th career 100-yard plus game, has accumulated 183 carries for 2007 yards and 21 TDs. With 182 all-purpose yards, he now has 392 touches for 3,811 yards in his career. Quintanilla needs 1,374 yards to move into the top 10 in 11-man rushing. In prep history, there are just 16 runners in the 11-man ranks to reach 3K in rushing with the last being Nick Mears of Milbank – now at SDSU – in 2011. He has 12 100-yard rushing games, which also ranks among the top five all-time.

A.J. Garrow of Brandon Valley had eight catches for 51 yards to push his career total to 118 for 1,433 yards. He needs 11 receptions to move past Josh Kunzman of Sioux Falls Lincoln, who had 128 from 2008-11 and into the top five. 

With 24 touches for 251 yards (23-186 rushing yards), Riley Hanson of  Deubrook has 3,111 all-purpose yards in his career. He also is approaching 1K rushing in his career as he has 100 carries for 892 yards and 11 TDs.

With 22 carries for 100 yards, Wagner's David Kocer has gone over the 1,500 mark for his career (1,537).

Kinzer, Johnson in Race to 3K

In 9-man circles, Terrance Kinzer (6-2, 185) of Colome and Ryne Johnson (5-7, 160) of Wolsey-Wessington, both have their sightd set on 3,000 yards rushing this week and then onto 4K, a mark that has been reached by only a handful of players. Kinzer, who had 158 yards rushing last Friday vs. Gregory, has generated 2,877 yards on 294 carries with 45 TDs. Johnson, who had 11 carries for 272 yards and five TDs (20, 35, 8, 30, 35) in week one, has 314 carries for 2,812 yards and 38 TDs. To reach the top 10 all-time will require Kinzer and Johnson to reach a total of 4,070 yards, which means Kinzer needs 1,193 yards while Johnson needs 1,259 yards. Johnson is the only player in South Dakota returning after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. A year ago, he had 108 carries for 1,181 yards and 16 TDs with six games over 100 yards in 2012, including a career-best 91-yard TD run. In 2011, he had 129 carries for 1,025 yards and 15 TDs. He also has recorded 11 games over 100 yards, including two over 200 with a career-best 377 yards rushing in a game in 2011. In addition, Kinzer needs just 55 points to move into the top 15 all-time in terms of 9-man point production. Kinzer has scored 312 points in his career. With 45 career rushing TDs, Kinzer, whose coach Kevin Keizer, calls him "the best player I have coached," needs 18 to move into the top 10 all-time and pass Jordan Harr of Freeman, 62, 2002-05. "Ryne has played varsity he was in the 8th grade and started since a sophomore. For the last two years he has been splitting carries with another talented back (Roy Lumpkin) who each had 1,000 yards and 15 TD last year," said Gordon Hooks, Wolsey-Wessington head coach. "Ryne is the team first player. At times last year he would ask me to give the ball to Roy who was a senior so that he could block for him! A hard working farm kid who works out at 6:30 am in the summer and then works  10-12 hour days. He is also a 4.0 student who plans to work in the medical field. He is short in build but makes up for it with heart, guts and determination 

Across the Border

Adrian Runs by Canby, 39-14

Jordan Dingman had nine carries for 135 yards and TDs of 35 and 58 yards to lift Adrian past Canby, 39-14. Logan Rogers threw for 101 yards and two TDs.

West Lyon Wins Second Straight vs. CL-G-LR

Brandon Snyder was named offensive MVP as West Lyon opened the season with a 35-13 win over rival Central Lyon-George-Little Rock in the Ag Bowl (Beef Bowl) on Friday. Snyder had 14 carries for 40 yards and TD runs of one and 10 yards while also completing 3-of-5 passes for 48 yards and an 11-yard TD strike to Paul Ter Wee. West Lyon had 52 carries for 232 yards on the ground, led by senior Kaleb Heyer with 13-85 and Bennett Fuechtenberg, who had 803 yards two years ago but was hurt last year, had 10 carries for 44 yards and a TD. One of the biggest plays of the night was a diving catch by Kyle Groeneweg on a 3rd and 11-play that led to a score after CL-G-LR had closed the gap to 21-14. The Lions were led by sophomore QB Pete Menage, who completed 10-of-18 passes for 155 yards and a TD. Sophomore fullback C.J. Roths had a big game for CL-G-LR with nine carries for 35 yards and a TD along with four receptions for 94 yards and a TD (54 yards on swing pass).  West Lyon's Jake Newborg, an Iowa recruit, was named defensive MVP of the game.  Central Lyon had ball control issues with five fumbles including three lost. The Lions finished with 201 yards in total offense (50 plays) while the Wildcats had 57 for 280 yards.

11 AAA

Blitz Power Poll – 1. SF Roosevelt 2. SF Lincoln 3. SF Washington 4. SF O'Gorman 5. Brandon Valley

KSFY-KWSN Broadcasters Poll – 1. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (1-0), 74 (14)  2.  Sioux Falls Lincoln (1-0), 61 (1) 3. Sioux Falls Washington (1-0), 40 4. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (1-0), 35 5. Aberdeen Central (0-1), 9, UR last week

Big Splash – Sioux Falls Lincoln started slow but then turned it on. The Patriots overcame a slow start to post an impressive, 55-13 win. The 55 points represented the 14th time in the last five years of breaking 50 points in a game. Caden Quintanilla had 21 carries for 167 yards and TD runs of 5, 19 and 41.  Connor Burchill completed 10-of-19 passes for 147 yards and 3 TDs with three carries for 63 yards and a 12-yard TD jaunt. Dylan Bartow had 3 catches for 69 yards and TDs of 50 and 13 yards. Lincoln will be one of the 11AAA's most explosive offenses, directed by the innovative HC Aaron Beavers. This week they will be challenged by Steve Keuter's O'Gorman defense that shut down Rapid City Stevens last week.

Notes – SF Roosevelt had a slow start, leading just 2-0 late in the second quarter, but then they turned it on to the tune of a 30-0 opening night road win over Brandon Valley. Junior QB Taryn Christion completed 14-of-25 passes for 152 yards and rushed for 62 yards with two TDs throwing and two by rush. He has completed 113-of-195 passes for 1,718 yards and 13 TDs in his career. Christion also has 151 carries for 709 yards and 13 TDs rushing. The biggest factor for the Rough Riders was a defense that gave BV trouble all-night. Korie Lindquist led the Roosevelt D with two sacks and recorded a safety.  Roosevelt intercepted three passes. SF Washington won their 13th straight game with a tightly contested 19-17 home win over improved Aberdeen Central on Friday at Howard Wood Field. Dan Marlette had 11 carries for 67 yards and a TD while recording 11 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and a FF (137T, 125 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, career) .  The Warriors offense had 217 total yards while the Washington defense finished with nine sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, stopping the Golden Eagles several times inside or near the red zone. Sioux Falls O'Gorman broke from a 14-9 halftime lead against Rapid City Stevens (0-1) by outscoring the visitors, 20-0 in the second half. The Knights, which lost QB/DB Tanner Schulte to a leg injury, had 421 total yards on offense, including 379 on the ground.  Matt White had 20 carries for 147 yards and a two-yard TD run. Ben Briggs added nine carries for 71 yards and a 41-yard TD. The loss of Schulte, who missed a good share of the 2011 season due to injury, will put Luke Fritsch into the starting QB role.  RC Stevens QB Austin Hagen completed 13-of-27 passes for 239 yards and a TD (4). Brandon Valley struggled on offense against SF Roosevelt as quarterback Jake Comeaux completed 17-of-29 passes for 132 yards but was picked off three times. It was his first career game. As the Lynx head to Huron, look for Comeaux to have a more consistent game. Cam Holmes had just eight carries for 22 yards and BV finished with 19 carries for 20 yards in the opener. Junior QB Donnie Pallatto was 13-of-19 for 188 yards and 2 TDs and 2 int., for RC Central (0-1), which fell to SF Lincoln, 55-19, at home. Pallatto (89-of-173-1,314-13 TDs, career) threw TD passes of 62 and 11 yards to Josh Dotson, who finished with five catches for 114 yards. Asher Pikula had five catches for 43 yards.

Team to watch - Aberdeen Central, which lost their road opener to #3 Sioux Falls Washington, 19-17, at Howard Wood Field, had a breakout performance by Jacob Goehring, a junior QB, who completed 17-of-30 passes for 262 yards with two TDs (18, 22) and two int. The Golden Eagles had over 340 yards in total offense and 21 first downs while hold the Warriors to 217 in total offense. Anthony Buechler had eight catches for 92 yards while Hunter Heirigs had 51 yards rushing and 50 receiving. Curtis Paysen had three catches for 60 yards, including a 22-yard TD pass with just over three minutes to play. This is a much improved squad from a year ago and it will be interesting to watch the development of Coach Mike Flakus's squad.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Pierre 2. Watertown 3. Brookings 4. Mitchell 5. Yankton

KSFY-KWSN Broadcasters Poll –1. Pierre (1-0), 75, (15) previously #2 2. Brookings (1-0), 56, #3 last week 3.  Mitchell (1-0), 36, UR last week 4. Harrisburg (1-0), 19 5. Yankton (0-1), 18, #1 last week

Big Splash – Led by quarterback Alex Gray, the Pierre Riggs Governors sent a message to the rest of the class with a 35-24 road win over Watertown. Alex Gray had four total TDs to lead Pierre, which won its opener for the first time in six years, past Watertown, 35-24, on the road Friday. Grey (111 carries 656 ds, 6 TDs rushing; 59-of-144-1,28917 TDs, career), who threw for two TDs including an 80-yard strike to Garrett Pochup and a TD to Shay Reinke, completed 9-of-16 passes for 220 yards and one interception. He also had 15 carries for 93 yards and two TDs. Senior Austin Christopherson (35-761-9 TDs, career) had five catches for 113 yards. Pierre had 384 yards on 50 plays in total offense, including 34 carries for 164 yards. Watch the Gray and Christopherson QB-WR connection this year - it will be electric. Pierre faces another test this week in RC Central, a team full of dynamic offensive talents including their own QB-WR combo in Donnie Palatto and Asher Pikula.

Notes: The preseason #1 Yankton struggled in their opening, falling at home to Mitchell. It was the Kernels' first win vs. Yankton since 1987. Yankton recorded just 163 yards on 37 carries with 63 yards passing. Levin Davis had 12 carries for 75 yards to lead the Bucks. In his first career start, Mitchell's sophomore QB Kanin Nelson completed 5-of-9 passes for 110 yards and two TDs (13, 22) and had 13 carries for 65 yards. His game-winning toss to Beau Brown broke a 21-21 tie with 3:16 to play. While Watertown lost to Pierre, it wasn't because of senior running back Shay Bratland, who had 29 carries for 198 yards and two TDs (5, 8). Watertown had 66 plays for 335 yards in total offense, including 48 carries for 289 yards on the ground. In a 12-2 win over Sturgis Brown, the Harrisburg defense allowed just five rushing yards on 31 carries and 37 yards in total offense.

Team to watch -- Douglas, which opened the season with a 35-6 win over Belle Fourche as Skyler Grim had three TDs, including rushing scores of 23 and 56 yards. He had 13 carries for 139 yards as Douglas totaled 372 yards in total offense – 341 on the ground. Aaron Murphy had 15 carries for 162 yards and a 66-yard scoring run. For Belle Fourche (0-1), Tucker Chytka had 117 yards rushing while QB Jarret Peth completed 8-of-21 passes for 203 yards and a TD. I am anxious to see if Douglas can follow up their impressive week 1 performance against Sturgis Brown on Friday.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. West Central 2. Dell Rapids 3. Tea Area 4. Madison 5. Hot Springs

KSFY-KWSN Broadcasters Poll – 1. Dell Rapids (0-0), 73 (13) 2.  West Central (1-0), 55 (2)3. Tea Area (1-0), 37, #4 last week 4. Hot Springs (0-0), 40, #3 last week 5. Madison (1-0), 23

Big Splash – Tea Area rolled to a 46-6 win over Elk Point-Jefferson as Cooper Hansen had three rushing TDs and 167 yards on the ground. He scored from 48, 56, and 61 yards. Taylor Roeman threw three TD passes, including twice with Tarin Smallfield. They hit on a 63-yard TD strike among those scores. Gunnar Ensz had 80 yards rushing and a TD. For EPJ (0-1), Jared Hueser had 22 carries for 122 yards and a TD.

Notes: Dell Rapids did not play and open the season on Sept. 6 at Madison. Cole Tirrel had both an offensive and defensive TD to lead West Central to a 49-6 win over Dakota Valley.  The Trojans totaled 255 yards on offense and was led by senior QB Noah Matson, who completed 6-of-13 passes for 115 yards and three TDs. Matson, who had just seven TDs a year ago, had TD throws of eight, 33 and 12 yards. The Trojans were led by Cody Bussell with 12 carries for 83 yards while Cody Miller had 12 rushes for 58 yards and a TD along with two catches for 52 yards and a TD. Tirrel had eight carries for 44 yards and a TD along with two interceptions on defense, including the defensive score. Jace Hanisch had two catches for 50 yards and a TD. Madison opened the season with an out-of-state win over Pipestone (MN), 36-0. Rush Milne had 113 yards rushing and two TDs while QB Jacob Giles was 8-of-15 for 111 yards and a TD. Preston Nordling had a 33-yard punt return for a TD and also took an interception 40 yards for a score.  The Tanagers won for the first time since Oct. 14, 2011, a span of nine games. The last Tanager win was a 29-28 come-from-behind win over Madison in 2011. On Friday, the Tanagers defeated Lennox, 17-0, as Tyler Madsen had 70 yards rushing and a TD while Regan Bye added 77 yards on 22 carries and QB Matt Quellette added 84 yards passing. Vermillion lost starting quarterback Jack Brown to a shoulder injury after he scored on a TD run on the first series.

Team to Watch: Sisseton rolled to a 56-6 win over Milbank as Bruce Gunderson completed 11-of-19 passes for 314 yards and four TDs in one of the top opening-night performances in SD. Jordan Cornelius had five catches for 181 yards and three TDs while Trevor Archer rushed for 121 yards. Milbank (0-1) was led by Isaac Snaza with 66 yards. Sisseton led 20-0 after one quarter of play. This is yet another Sisseton squad with an exciting QB-WR combo with Gunderson and 6-8 Cornelius providing some moments already. Pay attention to this team, which also has a standout back with Trevor Archer.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Aberdeen Roncalli 2. Parkston 3. Winner 4. St. Thomas More 5. Wagner 

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll Rankings – 1. Aberdeen Roncalli (1-0) 71 (11) 2. Winner (1-0), 63 (4) 3. St. Thomas More (1-0), 33, #5 last week 4. Parkston (1-0), 32, #3 last week  5. Wagner (1-0), 20, UR last week

Big Splash: Jason Knebel's Wagner squad, which has a more than nine-year winning streak going, opened the season unranked but quickly put that to bed by edging defending 11B runner-up Tri-Valley, 22-14.  Wagner was led by David Kocer with 22 carries for 100 yards while Dylan Brunsing completed 8-of-16 passes for 185 yards and two TDs. His main weapon was Noah St. Pierre who caught three passes for 132 yards. St. Pierre may be the top receiver in the class. Knebel's Wagner squad could cause problems for opponents all season. They are worth watching this season. 

Notes: Aberdeen Roncalli opened the season with a 37-20 win over Redfield-Doland by forced five turnovers, including a 67-yard interception return by Lucas Lorenz. Junior QB Zach Lundquist completed 5-of-12 passes for 77 yards and three TDs (3, 15, 25), one to Dalton Cox for 25-yards. Cox had 3 total TDs and 13 rushes for 110 yards (58, 2). Brayden Hilton had eight carries for 74 yards and a three-yard TD reception. For Redfield-Doland, Landon Rolhfs had 28 carries for 171 yards and a TD (4) while Kyle Stove completed 9-of-22 passes for 138 yards and two TDs with two picks. Ephram Albrecht caught six passes for 106 yards and two TDs (20, 59). Winners opened defense of their 11B crown by picking up a 48-6 win over Chamberlain as QB Nathan Galbraith had six carries for 78 yards and TD runs of 22 and 34 yards. The Warriors had 301 total yards and received a 91-yard punt return for a score by Lattrel Terkildsen. Despite a 22-14 loss to Wagner, 11B runner-up Tri-Valley had a pair of 100-yard rushers including Austin Van Asselt with 18 carries for 129 yards while Nick Buchmann had 17 carries for 122 yards and a TD. St. Thomas More opened the season with an impressive 34-7 win over 11AA Spearfish as running back Newt Johnson had 25 carries for 211 yards and three TDs. Matt Eastmo completed 4-of-9 passes for 131 yards with TDs of six yards to Jacob Henderson and 60 yards to Riley Scherr.  In a 20-13 win over Newcastle, Wyo., Custer received 204 all-purpose yards from Kenneth Meyers, who rushed 19 times for 89 yards and a TD while hauling in two passes for 98 yards and a 86-yard scoring strike. QB Chase Glazier was 7-of-11 for 136 yards and a TD.

Team to watch –Beresford, directed by former SDSU and NFL QB Mike Busch, opened with a 26-14 win over perennial power Flandreau. Beresford, who have struggled in recent years with just one playoff appearance in last nine seasons, are off to a fast start. The Watchdogs, who face Sioux Falls Christian on Sept. 6 at the FCA Bowl, opened was led by junior QB Oliver Doeden, who completed 10-of-16 passes for 2 TDs and had eight carries for 81 yards and two TDs Chris Kropuenske had 12 carries for 48 yards. Senior Austin Meester had five catches for 73 yards while Brad Bogue had two catches for 61 yards and a TD. Josh Casperson had nine tackles, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and blocked a kick in a solid defensive performance. Doeden, a dual threat, is a rising star in 11-B ranks. He and Meester will give opponents fits all year.


Blitz Power Poll – 1 – Gregory 2. Arlington 3. Deubrook 4. Garretson 5. Clark-Willow Lake

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll Rankings - 1 – Gregory (1-0) 75 (15) 2 – Arlington (1-0), 53 #4 preseason 3 – Clark-Willow Lake (1-0), 37 4 – Garretson (1-0), 24, #5 last week  5 – Deubrook (0-1), 17, #2 preseason

Big Splash: Gregory rallied to defeat 9A #1 Colome in a battle of preseason #1s. In his first career start, Gregory's Kurt Braun had 15 carries for 198 yards and three TDs rushing as the Gorillas compiled 369 yards on the ground and 415 yards in total offense. Braun completed 2-of-8 passes for 56 yards with a TD and an int. Derek Stukel had six carries for 63 yards and two TDs while Jonah Beck accumulated 44 yards on five carries. Brady Boes had two catches for 56 yards and a TD. Brandon Warnke had 16 tackles and Jonah Beck, 11, and two TFLs. This summer, opposing coaches raved about this Gorillas squad that performed huge in camps. Well, they have opened the season fast. With Avon next at the FCA Bowl, be prepared for one of the top games of the weekend. 

Notes: Deubrook, the defending 9AA champs, Defending champs fall in home opener, 34-20, to 9AA #4 Arlington. The loss snaps the Dolphins' 12-game winning streak. Deubrook led, 14-0, before Arlington rallied. Senior Riley Hanson had 23 carries for 186 yards and threw a 10-yard TD pass to QB Dusty Trooien. Hanson finished with 251 all-purpose yards. Trooien was 3-of-11 for 62 yards with a TD and an int. Garretson rolled to a 36-6 win over Chester as Matt Johnson had 23 carries for 137 yards and a TD (4). Jesse Brockhaus had 16 carries for 107 yards and two TDs (37, 1). Austin Matthiesen had an 18-yard fumble return for a score for Garretson, which led 16-0 after three quarters. Despite the loss of quarterback Jace Connor due to an accident this summer, Jeff VanLeur won his 214th game as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan rolled to a 44-27 win over Mt. Vernon-Plankinton (0-1).  At BEE, it is always the next guy up. And those guys are Wade Miller and Jordan Grosdidier, among others. Miller had 19 carries for 205 yards and three TDs, including an 85-yard run and a 78-yard kickoff return for a score Jordan Grosdidier added 125 yards rushing on 13 carries and a pair of TDs (28, 46). Cote Hinker had 122 yards and three TDs for MVP which had 7-of-13 for 125 yards and a TD from Deric Denning. Deuel rolled to a 52-0 win over Great Plains Lutheran as Lance Eide had six carries for 126 yards rushing and a TD along with a 30-yard interception return for a score. Jordan Lovre had five carries for 46 yards and a TD while Tanner Brandt had a 37-yard TD pass from Cooper Gates as Deuel led 32-0 after one quarter. Webster Area rolled to a 64-22 win over Wilmot has Austin Grout had three total TDs, including a 65-yard kickoff return. He rushed nine times for 91 yards and two TDs. Nolan Ritchie had three interceptions, including one returned for a score. Webster Area, which scored its most points in at least 10 years, forced six turnovers, including four picks.  Parker rolled to a 44-12 win over Viborg-Hurley as Eric Hunstad had 153 yards rushing and two TDs while Kordell Buyck added 112 yards and three TDs. Buyck also forced three turnovers. Jake Anderson booted a 37-yard field goal as Parker broke away from a 20-12 halftime lead with 24 unanswered points.

Team to Watch - Nick Gortmaker had a big night with 371 total yards and three scores as Menno-Marion opened the season with a 49-0 win over Irene-Wakonda. Overall, Menno-Marion had 481 rushing yards in their first game as the Razorbacks. Gortmaker had 19 carries for 222 yards, including a 53-yard TD run. Chet Peterson added 168 yards rushing with 12 and 49 yard TD runs. Dylan Lehr had five catches for 149 yards and two TDs, including a 69-yard TD. Austin Handel added two rushing TDs.  Menno/Marion has some outstanding offensive talent, pay attention 9AA. 


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Potter County 2. Colome 3. Herreid/Selby 4. Howard 5. Wolsey-Wessington

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll Rankings – 1. Herreid/Selby (1-0), 66 (9), previously #2 2.  Howard (0-0), 53 (1), previously #3 3. Potter County (1-0), 42 (2) previously #4 4. Colome (0-1), 34 (2), previously #1 5 – Wolsey-Wessington (1-0), 17

Big Splash: Corsica/Stickney had 424 yards rushing (448 total yards) and cruised to a 52-12 win over Gayville-Volin. Mason Van Vuuren had seven carries for 202 yards and three TDs of 61, 39 and 89 yards.  Bailey Lagge had one carry for 55 yards and a TD.

Notes: Colome led 20-14, before falling to 9AA #1 Gregory, 43-22, at home. Senior QB Terrance Kinzer was electric with 20 carries for 158 yards and three TDs and he completed 8-of-12 passes for 103 yards and had two picks. Lane Fawcett had four catches for 44 yards and Reed Harter, 3-39. Kinzer also had 14 tackles and Fawcett, 10. Chayce Hall scored on 19 and 16 yard TD runs and also had a TD pass for the Battlers in a season-opening 45-13 road will over Miller.  He finished with five carries for 82 yards with his TD pass to Mitchell Hinkley from 15 yards. Colton Hall had a 55-yard TD run. Devon Grant rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries for Miller. Led by Ryne Johnson's 11 carries for 272 yards and five TDs, Wolsey-Wessington cruised to a 58-14 win over Highmore-Harrold. The Warbirds racked up 521 yards in total offense, including 436 yards rushing and 85 through the air   

Team to Watch – Alcester-Hudson rolled past Baltic, 48-14, as three players rushed for 99 yards or more. Collin Walth led the way with 11 carries for 116 yards with four catches for 45 yards and a TD. Eric Barnes had 17 carries for 94 yards and two TDs (30, 15). Grant Johnson toted the rock 15 times for 99 yards and scored on a three-yard run. In addition Mitchell Johnson had 42 yards rushing with a TD and Chris Klemme had 24 yards and a score. In total, Alcester-Hudson had 426 yards in total offense, including 48 carries for 375 yards on the ground. G. Johnson also completed 8-of-17 passes for 51 yards. Alcester-Hudson received some love this week in polls. They are a young squad with a talented backfield. This team could be a tough nut to crack this year.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Canistota 2. Hamlin 3. Avon 4. Castlewood 5. Faith

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll Rankings– 1. Canistota (1-0) 75 (15) 2. Hamlin (1-0), 52, previously #3 3. Avon (1-0), 34, previously #5 4. Castlewood (0-0), 28 5. Faith (1-0), 14, UR previously

Big Splash: Faith scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to rally past #3 Harding County with a 26-14 win. They held Harding County to 82 rushing yards. Faith got a little revenge from a late-season 28-26 setback to Harding County in 2012. With a win over the 9B defending champions, Faith and its talented quarterback Gereth Bushong could be a difficult team this year. I know they will score a lot of points - that is simply what they do.

Notes: Canistota continued to roll along, winning its 37th straight game (2nd all-time) with a 32-12 win over Hanson. Shay Jolley complete 6-of-10 passes for 141 yards and three TDs in his first career start. Nick Hofer had 19 carries for 202 yards and a TD. He had two receptions for 81 yards and two TDs. Jolley hooked up with Jerad Nielsen a TD passes, and had four receptions for 59 yards. Hamlin rolled to a 39-0 win over Tri-State with 307 yards on the ground and 391 total offense. QB Brody Grantham had 13 carries for 104 yards and two TDs and Dusty Quiram rushed nine times for 100 yards and two TDs.  Harvey Mollman completed 8-of-14 passes for 257 yards and two TDs with one interception but the defending 9B champs Harding County lost to Faith (1-0), 26-14 at home. Reece Jensen, who had 15 tackles, had 23 yards rushing on six carries and caught a 94-yard TD reception on his only catch of the game. Steve Koch rushed 12 times for 51 yards and had 12 tackles and a FR. Clayton Koch caught four passes for 131 yards and a TD. Hamlin, led by  opened the regular season with a 39-0 win over Tri-State.  Brandon Kocmich had nine carries for 147 rushing and TD runs of 65 and 28 yards to lead Avon, which won its opener with a 38-7 win over South Central. Devin Tolsma had nine carries and 82 yards with a TD for the Pirates, which totaled 372 yards rushing.  Led by Josh DeRaad who had eight carries for 62 yards and two TDs as Centerville stopped Scotland, 20-0. Seamus O'Malley had five carries for 57 yards and a TD while Tyrell Martz added eight carries for 68 yards for Centerville, which finished with 33 carries for 263 yards on the ground and 287 in the air. O'Malley completed3-of-13 passes for 24 yards. Tim Bodden had 52 yards rushing and Dan Stribral 11 tackles for Scotland.

Team to Watch – Wall ran past White River (0-1), 47-6 as Carson Johnson had 10 carries for 241 yards and three TDs. Lane Blasius was 7-of-11 for 120 yards and two TDs while Trevor Anderson had four receptions for 83 yards for a TD plus a 79-yard punt return for a TD.  Wall is a traditional 9-man power, which was in the 9A title game two years ago. I look forward to seeing what they will do this year.

Prep Stat Roll

11-man rushing

Shay Bratland, Watertown, 23-198-2 TDs

Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 23-172-3 TDs

Landon Rolhfs, Redfield-Doland, 28-171-TD

Cooper Hansen, Tea Area, 5-169-3 TDs

Aaron Murphy, Douglas, 15-162-TD

Matt White, SF O'Gorman, 20-147-TD

Skyler Grim, Douglas, 13-139-2 TDs

Austin Van Asselt, Tri-Valley, 18-129

Nick Buchmann, Tri-Valley, 17-122-TD

Jared Hueser, Elk Point-Jefferson, 17-122-TD

Trevor Archer, Sisseton, 15-121-2 TDs

Tucker Chytka, Belle Fourche, 21-117

Rush Milne, Madison, 11-113-2 TDs

David Kocer, Wagner, 22-100

Luke Reiter, SF Washington, 20-94-TD

Alex Gray, Pierre, 15-93-2 TDs

Kenneth Myers, Custer, 19-89-TD

Cody Bussell, West Central, 12-83

Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 8-81-2 TDs

Jace Christiansen, Flandreau, 14-77-2 TDs

Gunnar Ensz, Tea Area, 5-79-TD

Nathan Galbraith, Winner, 6-78-2 TDs

Regan Bye, Vermillion, 22-77

Levi Davis, Yankton, 12-75-TD

Ben Briggs, SF O'Gorman, 9-71-TD

Tyler Madsen, Vermillion, 12-70-TD

Dan Marlette, SF Washington, 11-67-TD

Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 3-63-TD

Kanin Nelson, Mitchell, 13-65

Mitch Johnson, Mitchell, 21-61-TD

Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 12-62-2 TDs

Eion Donelan, SF O'Gorman, 16-60-TD

Cody Miller, West Central, 12-58-TD

Cole Tirrell, 8-44-TD

11-man passing

Bruce Gunderson, Sisseton, 11 -19-314-4 TDs

Jacob Goehring, Aberdeen Central, 17-30-262-2 TDs-2 int.

Austin Hagen, RC Stevens, 13-27-239-TD

Alex Gray, Pierre, 9-16-220-2 TDs- int.

Jarret Peth, Belle Fourche, 8-21-203-TD

Donnie Pallatto, RC Central, 13-19-188-2 TDs, 2 int.

Dylan Brunsing, Wagner, 8-13-183-2 TDs

Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 10-16-155-2 TDs

Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 14-25-152-2 TDs 

Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 10-19-147-3 TDs

Kyle Stover, Redfield-Doland, 9-22-138-2 TDs, 2 int.

Chase Glazier, Custer, 7-11-136-TD

Matthew Eastmo, St. Thomas More, 4-9-131-2 TDs

Noah Matson, West Central, 6-13-155-3 TDs

Jacob Giles, Madison, 8-15-111-TD

Kanin Nelson, Mitchell, 5-9-110-2 TDs

Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 6-9-103-3 TDs

Zach Lundquist, Aberdeen Roncalli, 5-12-77- 3 TDs

Mason Strahl, Yankton, 6-16-63

Jake Schelhaas, SF Washington, 5-11-51

11-man Receiving

Jordan Cornelius, Sisseton, 5-181-3 TDs

Noah St. Pierre, Wagner, 4-132-2 TDs

Josh Dotson, RC Central, 5-114-2 TDs

Austin Christopherson, Pierre Riggs, 5-113

Ephram Albrecht, Redfield-Doland, 6-106-2 TDs

Kenneth Myers, Custer, 2-98-TD (86 yards)

Anthony Buechler, Aberdeen Central, 8-92

Austin Meester, Beresford, 5-73

Tarin Smallfield, Tea Area, 3-72-2 TDs

Dylan Barstow, SF Lincoln, 3-69-2 TDs

Brad Bogue Beresford, 2-61-TD

Curtis Paysen, Aberdeen Central, 3-60-TD

Beau Brown, Mitchell, 2-56-TD

Hunter Heirigs, Aberdeen Central, 4-50

Cody Miller, West Central, 2-52-TD

Jace Hanisch, West Central, 2-50-TD

Asher Pikula, RC Central, 5-43

JJ Hejna, Yankton, 3-41


9-man - Rushing

Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 11-272-5 TDs

Carson Johnston, Wall, 10-241-3 TDs

Nick Gortmaker, Menno/Marion, 19-222-TD

Wade Miller, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 19-205-3 TDs

Nick Hofer, Canistota, 19-202-TD

Kurt Braun, Gregory, 15-198-3 TDs

Mason Van Vuuren, Corsica-Stickney, 7-202-3 TDs

Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 23-186-0 TDs

Chet Peterson, Menno-Marion, 14-168-2 TDs

Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 20-158-3 TDs  

Eric Hunstad, Parker, 21-153-2 TDs

Brandon Kocmich, Avon, 9-147-2 TDs

Matt Johnson, Garretson, 23-137-TD

Corbin Heath, Kimball White Lake, 13-132-2 TDs

Lance Eide, Deuel, 6-126-TD

Jamie Grosdidier, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 13-125-2 TDs

Cote Hinker, Mount Vernon-Plankinton, 19-122-3 TDs

Colin Walth, Alcester-Hudson, 11-116

Zach Anderson, Gayville-Volin, 11-113-TD

Kordell Buyck, Parker, 20-112-3 TDs

Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 13-104-2 TDs

Dusty Quiram, Hamlin, 9-100-2 TDs

Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 15-99-TD

Erik Barnes, Alcester-Hudson, 17-94-2 TDs

Austin Grout, Webster Area, 9-91-2 TDs

Alex Marsh, Ipswich-Edmunds Central, 20-87-2 TDs

Devin Tolsma, Avon, 9-82-TD

Hunter Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 4-81-TD

Jacob Paradeis, Hanson, 11-74-TD

Jerrod Zens, Hanson, 2-67

Tanner Heuer, Potter County, 5-74

Chayce Hall, Potter County, 5-72-3TDs

Derek Stukel, Gregory, 6-63-TD

Ryder Grantham, Hamlin, 5-60

Mason Meyer, Hanson, 9-58

Baily Lagge, Corsica-Stickney, 1-55-TD

Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 12-52-TD

Jordan Lovre, Deuel, 5-46-TD

Austin Tilton, Corsica-Stickney, 1-44

Eli Van Roekel, Corsica-Stickney, 2-40-TD

9-man - Passing

Harvey Mollman, Harding County, 8-of-14-257-2 TDs, int.

Cole Paulson, Freeman, 169-2 TDs

Nick Gortmaker, Menno/Marion, 7-9-149-2 TDs

Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 8-14-142

Shay Jolley, Canistota, Shay Jolley 6-10-141-3 TDs

Deric Denning, Mount Vernon-Plankinton, 7-13-125-TD

Lane Blasius, Wall, 7-11-120-2 TDs

Terance Kinzer, Colome, 8-12-103-2 int.

Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 4-7-85-1 TDs

Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 4-5-81-2 TDs

Reid Valsvig, Webster Area, 2-4-83-2 TDs

Chayce Hall, Potter County, 3-5-27-TD

9-man - Receiving

Brennan Schmidt, Freeman, 6-159-TD (91 yards)

Dylan Lehr, Menno-Marion, 5-149-2 TDs.

Rusten Anderson, Viborg-Hurley, 6- 105

Trevor Anderson, Wall, 4-83-TD

Nick Hofer, Canistota, 2-81-2 TDs

Jerad Nielsen, Canistota, 4-59-2 TDs

Brady Boes, Gregory, 2-56-TD

Tristen Leiseth, Hamlin, 3-53-TD


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