Looking at the numbers from the opening weekend of South Dakota prep football shows that teams came out of fall practice with a lot of offensive energy. A total of 48 teams scored 30 points or more in week one action. Beyond that, a total of 26 teams put up at least 40 points with 11 over 50 and four over 60. This happened during an opening act that included just six games going to the wire. A total of 13 teams were held scoreless.
While the point production indicated a lot of positive offensive energy, as rivalry matchups take hold, points are likely to be a little harder to come by and close games will start dotting the prep landscape.
In this week's Focus on Five matchups, you can bet we will see a number of games that keep fans on the edge of their seats in bleachers across the state. On Friday, 9B #1 Canistota will put up a 37-game winning streak against rival and 9AA power Bridgewater-Emery Ethan. Plus, we will see 9B #3 Avon battling 9AA #1 Gregory with both games part of the FCA Bowl extravaganza. In 11A, #1 Dell Rapids, a three-time champ, will open defense of its crown vs. upstart and #5 ranked Madison, which crushed Pipestone, 36-0, in week one. The Bulldogs host the Quarriers in a contest bare watching Friday night. Then thousands will flock to Howard Wood Field for the traditional President's Bowl matchups that will begin mid afternoon on Saturday with #2 Sioux Falls Lincoln facing nemesis and #4 ranked Sioux Falls O'Gorman. Then the evening session pits #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt against #3 and defending champion Sioux Falls Washington.
Many more top matchups will be played out across the prep gridirons in South Dakota and the region. It should be another weekend full of pads popping, whistles blowing, hearts pounding, nerves on end, school songs, pep bands, cheering and fans tied to their seats.
Assessing Week 1 - Looking at Week 2 - In week one, I managed a 4-1 record, missing on my upset special as #1 Pierre had a big-time performance in a 35-24 win over Watertown. Otherwise, I had it right, correctly picking Gregory, Canistota, SF Roosevelt and West Lyon. As a result, my overall record improved to 214-43 (.833) in regular season and playoff contests. In the 2011 regular season, I was 24-16 and I was 28-12 a year ago. In the playoffs, I have put together a 79-7 mark. This week, my picks include Canistota, Gregory, Dell Rapids, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
Just a reminder - when the games end Friday night, don't forget to tune into KSFY-TV with Sports Director Erik Thorstenson and Matt Peterson for Friday Night Lights. I will join Thor and Matt at the close of the show for some quick analysis on Friday night's games.
Here is a breakdown of five top area games in our "Focus on Five" preview.
11A #1 Dell Rapids (0-0) @ #5 Madison (1-0), Friday, Sept. 6
Dell Rapids Notes: The #1 Quarriers will open the season on Friday against #5 Madison, a team that opened the season with a 36-0 win over Pipestone (Minn). Dell Rapids, a three-time champion, is chasing a fourth straight title which has only been accomplished by only two teams in SD prep history and just West Central in 11-man ranks (2000-05). While enthusiasm is high in Dell Rapids, the coming season may be one of the most challenging for head coach Steve Hansen and Quarriers, which return just four starters. "I feel good about our team going into the season. We have a lot of learning to do and are to the point where we need to do it in a competitive setting. Everyone is working hard and excited for the opportunity," said Hansen. The Quarriers, which has had eight straight winning seasons, will lean on 19 seniors. Starting at quarterback will be senior Tanner Solberg with standout junior Riley Schmidt (Joe Robbie Award winner in 2012; 107 touches, 1,580 yards, 17 TDs; 65-475-12 TDs rushing; 9-156-2 TDs rec.; 21-686-3 TDs KOR; 12-263 PR) the focal point of a backfield that will also include seniors Brett Nichols (30 carries, 178 yards, 2 TDs), Kahler Bervan and Tanner Ljunggren. Cody Nielsen (15 carries, 92 yards, 2 TDs) will start at fullback with Brock Reinhiller and Jacob Huewe in reserve. Senior Andy Scherff is the anchor upfront. Dell Rapids' 4-3 defense return three starters in White (17T, TFL, 5 PBU) and Nielsen (22T, TFL) at linebacker along with Schmidt in the secondary. "To be successful, we know we have to play fundamentally sound football," said Hansen, noting that Madison is a tough early test. "To beat Madision we will have to get rid of our mistakes early in the game and play solid defense. They are very talented and are going to make plays; so we are going to have to keep our composure and keep battling."
Madison Notes: 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. Head Coach Max Hodgen was pleased with his team's effort. "I was pleased with the defense – we were disciplined, played fast and created turnovers," he said. Moving ahead, he knows his offense, led by Giles, has to improve in the short passing game. "We weren't as crisp as we need to be with our screen game," he said. "We need to control the line of scrimmage. It is important we establish our run game as we have three talented running backs with the ability to go the distance on any play." With top-ranked Dell Rapids on the docket, the Madison squad has a chance to make a statement in 11A. Will they? "We are dealing with the unknown. They didn't play last week so we have to keep our game plan, especially on defense, somewhat flexible so we can make adjustments in case Dell Rapids shows something we haven't traditionally seen over the past few years," said Hodgen.
Inside Slant: Will Madison be able to handle the talented Riley Schmidt? Will Dell Rapids reload on defense and hold down a Madison offense that features an outstanding QB (Giles) and a powerful running attack? Will Madison's Preston Nordling make another special teams play that could swing momentum? Will Dell Rapids offense get off to a fast start?
Coaches: Max Hodgen, Madison, 4th season, 10-16, .385; Steve Hansen, Dell Rapids, 19th season, 125-62, .668.
Series Records: Dell Rapids has dominated this series with a 7-1 record since 2005, when Madison last recorded a win. In 2005, the Bulldogs defeated the Quarriers, 22-14. Since then Dell Rapids has won seven straight including 7-6, 2005; 35-0, 2007; 40-0, 2008; 32-6, 2009; 49-7, 2010; 28-7, 2011; and 33-7, 2012. In that span of eight games, the Quarriers own a 238-55 scoring advantage and have held Madison to seven points or less seven straight times.
Bottomline: This is a big opportunity for Madison to host the defending 11A champs. Madison has a lot of talented athletes and opened with an impressive win. Dell Rapids may have to wash away a little rust as they open the season, anxious to move from practice to live action. Both teams will look to establish running games. We are likely to see a series of big plays both ways. Look for a tight game, at least until the 4th quarter.
Who Wins? Dell Rapids receives a scare but goes into Madison and picks up a 28-20 win.
9AA Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1-0) vs. 9B #1 Canistota (1-0), Sept. 6, FCA Bowl, USF Stadium
Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan Notes: Despite the loss of quarterback Jace Connor due to an accident this summer, the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan squad did on opening night what it always does – win. Head Coach Jeff VanLeur won his 214th game as BEE rolled to a season-opening 44-27 win over Mt. Vernon-Plankinton (0-1). At BEE, it is always the next guy up. And those guys appear to be running backs 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). "I thought our kids played hard as we limited penalties and won the turnover battle," said VanLeur, whose ranks second nationally in 9-man wins among active coaches (Mike Mahlin, Verndale, Minn., 232 wins. While the first game was a success, Van Leur knows his team is in for a test with rival Canistota, a squad they have lost to three straight times. "We need to take a step forward in all areas and be a better football team this week than last," add VanLeur. With Canistota, BEE will face a team that dominated Hanson in a week one win. "They present a lot of problems," said VanLeur. "They are very explosive on offense and play solid defense."
Canistota Notes: 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 put 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. In defeating Hanson for a six straight time, sophomore quarterback Shay Jolley completed 6-of-10 passes for 141 yards and three TDs in his first career start. Senior running back Nick Hofer had 19 carries for 202 yards and a TD. He also had two receptions for 81 yards and two TDs as he accumulated 304 all-purpose yards and now has 152 touches for 2,563 all-purpose yards in his career. He also went over 1,000 yards for his career (1,019), 30 TDs (32) and 700 yards receiving (713). Jolley hooked up with Jerad Nielsen and Hofer twice on TD passes. Nielsen had four receptions for 59 yards and six carries for 21 yards. Carson Hofer, who had 13 carries for 39 yards and a TD, led the defense with 11 tackles while Nielsen had six stops and Jolley had seven. With one win under their belts, Canistota head coach James Strong was pleased with the first game effort. "The boys worked hard and capitalized on some key moments in the game (Hanson)," said Strang, who won his first game as a head coach. "We did some things well but need improvement as we go along in order for us to be successful as the season progresses. We need to play disciplined and execute the little things," he said. With BEE on the schedule next, Strang is aware of the talent on the Seahawks. "They have depth, experience, interior line play and speed. We need to deal with that," he said.
Coaches: Jeff VanLeur, 214-99 (.665); Jamie Strang, Canistota, 1st year, 1-0.
Inside Slant: Both teams have talented offenses that scored in the 30s.Will Nick Hofer and Wade Miller go over 200 yards rushing again? Will Canistota's defense have another shutdown game? Will BEE be able to stop the big-play ability of Canistota? Can the Seahawks break through and end the fifth longest winning streak in state history (2nd in 9-man)?
Series Records: Canistota leads, 3-0. Since the two schools have broken from a co-op after the 2009 season, Canistota has won all three encounters, taking a 46-2 decision in 2010 and winning a nail biter, 34-26, at the FCA Bowl last year in Sioux Falls. In 2012, Canistota prevailed 16-8. In 2010, Jeb Olson had 115 yards and two TDs in the Hawks' win. In 2011, Cody Bunger had two TDs, threw for 98 yards and rushed for 129 in a win. For BEE, Kendall Lindeman rushed for 203 yards and scored two TDs. Last year, the two teams played to a 0-0 halftime tie before the Hawks broke through with 16 points in the third quarter. BEE responded with eight points in the fourth quarter and had the ball deep in Canistota territory late in the game but were held out of the end zone.
Bottomline: This will be a hard-hitting affair with the two rivals battling to the wire. Miller and Grosdider form a tough 1-2 combo for the Seahawks, which will test the young Hawks defense. Canistota is a young team that passed its first test in week one. They have a talented backfield led by rushing and receiving of Nick Hofer and the passing of Shay Jolley, whose brother Sam, was the QB on the 2010 championship team. Look for a tight contest throughout.
Who Wins? Tough call, but Canistota extends its winning streak to 38 games with a 24-19 win.
9AA #1 Gregory (1-0) vs. 9B #3 Avon (1-0), Sept. 6, FCA Bowl, USF Stadium
Gregory Notes: 9AA #1 Gregory opened the season with a big win by rallying to defeat 9A #1 Colome in a battle of preseason #1s. In his first career start, Gregory QB 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. "We started off slow against Colome due to some nerves and anxiousness. As the game progressed we settled in and played our style of football and the team gained confidence as the game wore on," said Gregory head coach Brian Allmendinger. "We were missing two starters to begin the game, lost our kicker after the first kick-off, and lost another starter in the third quarter so I was very pleased with the way guys stepped in and played." With 9B #3 Avon and its talented backfield on the schedule on Friday, Gregory need to play better at the start of the game. "We will need to do a much better job tackling in space. On offense, we will need to throw the ball more effectively than we did last week," said Allmendinger. "We need to be very physical, tackle well, play strict assignment football on defense, and take care of the football and execute on offense."
Avon Notes: 9B #3 Avon opened with an impressive 38-7 win over a solid South Central unit. Head Coach Tom Culver was pleased that his team had a good start to the 2013 season. "I thought we played a decent ball game. We did some things well but we have others things that we must be better at doing. It was the first game so that can be expected," said Culver. Against South Central, senior running back Brandon Kocmich had nine carries for 147 yards and TD runs of 65 and 28 yards. As a result, Kocmich went over 1,000 yards rushing for his career and now sits at 85 carries for 1,059 yards. Junior Devin Tolsma had nine carries and 82 yards (174-1,102-15 TDs career rushing) with a TD for the Pirates, which totaled 372 yards rushing. Moving forward, Culver will get back senior lineman Jacob Reeves and knows his line play has to improve against a talented 9AA squad in Gregory. "Our line play needs to be more consistent so we can execute our passing game a little better," he said. "I think we will have to control the ball with our running game to keep it away from Gregory's offense. We will also have to be fundamentally sound defensively and make good tackles on their backs. They are very shifty and athletic," said Culver. "They do a great job of spreading your defense out and getting the athletes out in space. We are going to be able to make tackles in the open field."
Coaches: Brian Allmendinger, Gregory, 6th year, 26-22, .532; Tom Culver, Avon, 16th season, 137-39, .778 overall; 124-30, .805, at Avon.
Inside Slant: Both teams have strong rushing attacks, so which team gets the upper hand? Can Braun continue his quick start as the new QB for Gregory? Will Kocmich and Tolsma cause havoc against a talented and physical Gorillas defense? On the flip side, can the Avon offense continue to find space and running room against Gregory? Will Gregory be able to get the ball to a group of talented receivers>
Series Records: The two 9-man powers are 1-1 with the teams trading shutouts over the past two years. In 2011, Avon recorded a 44-0 win. A year ago, Gregory held the upper hand in a 52-0 win.
Bottomline: This should be one of the best 9-man games of the week. Gregory has a second straight tough opponent after handling Colome a week ago. Both teams will look to establish the run while mixing in passing. This sets up to be a barnburner.
Who Wins? Take Gregory over Avon, 34-28.
11AAA #2 SF Lincoln (1-0) vs #3 SF O'Gorman (1-0), President's Bowl, 4 p.m., Sept. 7, HWF
Lincoln Notes: #2 Sioux Falls Lincoln started slow but then turned it on and cruised to a 55-19 win over Rapid City Central on the road in week one. "We played well for a first game," said Lincoln head coach Aaron Beavers. "But we had too many penalties. We were able to overcome that, which might not happen against a better team," he said. The 55 points represented the 14th time in the last five years that Lincoln has scored 50 or more points in a game. Standout Caden Quintanilla recorded 21 carries for 167 yards and TD runs of 5, 19 and 41 yards. Senior quarterback Connor Burchill opened with a standout performance, completing 10-of-19 passes for 147 yards and 3 TDs with three carries for 63 yards and a 12-yard TD jaunt. Senior WR Dylan Bartow had 3 catches for 69 yards and TDs of 50 and 13 yards. Overall, Lincoln had 59 plays for 449 yards vs. RCC. The defense was led by standout linebacker Matt Wagner with six tackles, 2 TFLs and a sack. Levi Foss and Paul Thanel both had interceptions. As the Patriots look ahead to rival O'Gorman, Beavers knows the mistakes that the team experienced early in week one need to be eradicated. "O'Gorman plays at a very high level and we need to match that," said Beavers. "We have to play hard every play and we can't let up. We have to take care of the ball and play disciplined football." A couple of career notes to digest - Caden Quintanilla moved 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 career rushing. Burchill has completed 109 passes on 229 attempts for 1,553 yards and 18 TDs in his career. Bartow now has 32 receptions for 497 yards and eight TDs in his career.
Sioux Falls O'Gorman Notes. #3 O'Gorman, which has owned the series with Lincoln, will have to deal with the loss of starting quarterback/defensive back Tanner Schulte (leg injury; out indefinitely). Look for sophomore Luke Fritsch (5 carries 40 yards, TD; 1 rec. 22 yards vs. RC Stevens) to step in and run the offense. Also Eion Donelan had 16 carries for 60 yards and a TD while Jaden Holzer had a 29-yard TD run. Before he was hurt, Schulte completed 2-of-4 passes for 42 yards. A week ago, the Knights started slow but built momentum against Rapid City Central. "I thought we settled down as the game wore on and played well," said head coach Steve Keuter. "We have a lot to work on. We need to take care of the football as we had too many fumbles." The Knights 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 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. While the loss of Schulte's hurts, the Knights seem to have a strong backfield with White, Briggs, along with Jaden Holzer and Eion Donelan (16 carries 60 yards) and an offensive line that continues to get better and more physical. Keuter, who is second all-time in career wins in 11-man football with 271 (Max Hawk, Yankton, 284, the all-time leader), always looks forward to the President's Bowl, which matches up city teams with each other. It is an early test for teams that will fight for the title in 11AAA. "The President's Bowl puts all the Sioux Falls schools together early in the year. These teams are usually the top teams in the state," said Keuter. "We have to play great defense to be successful this week—Lincoln has an explosive offense."
Coaches: Steve Keuter, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, 271-75-1; Aaron Beavers, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 106-56, 60-48 at Lincoln.
Inside Slant: Both teams will want to establish the run, although the Knights are more inclined in the running game. Can O'Gorman's defense slow down the high-powered Lincoln attack that was prone to mistakes in the opener? Will Quintanilla explode for big plays? Will O'Gorman's running attack find space against a solid Lincoln front?
Series Records: O'Gorman has controlled the series, including winning nine of the last 10 games. A 29-28 victory Lincoln two years ago snapped a 31 game losing streak to the Knights. Here is a list of the games for the last 10 years in the series. 2012 – OG 29 SFL 15; 2011 – SFL 29 OG 28; 2010 – OG 55 SFL 28; 2009 – OG 40 SFL 0; 2008 – OG 49 SFL 15; 2007 – OG 28 SFL 6; 2006 – OG 30 SFL 23; 2005 – OG 53 SFL 13; 2004 – OG 38 SFL 0; 2003 – OG 26 SFL 0.
Bottomline: Beaver's Lincoln team can score as they proved in the opening game. They appear to have another explosive offense, which is a mark of recent Patriots teams. However, this team needs to limit mistakes because the Knights don't beat themselves. The Knights are fundamentally sound, run the ball with rhythm and play stingy on defense. Lincoln has an experienced QB, the top running back in 11AAA and a pair of receivers that make plays. Plus, Lincoln's defense is fast and physical. Look for O'Gorman to stick with Lincoln through three quarters with the Patriots pulling away late.
Who Wins? Sioux Falls Lincoln takes a 30-23 win over O'Gorman.
11AAA #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (1-0) vs #3 Sioux Falls Washington (1-0), 7 p.m., Sept. 7, President's Bowl, HWF
Sioux Falls Roosevelt Notes: #1 SF Roosevelt had a slow start, leading just 2-0 late in the second quarter, before turning it on in the third and taking a 30-0 opening night road win over Brandon Valley. Head Coach Kim Nelson raved about his defense in preseason and they showed up big-time against Brandon Valley. Senior Korie Lindquist looks like one of the best in South Dakota as he led the Roosevelt D with two sacks and recorded a safety. Roosevelt intercepted three passes and held BV to 137 yards in total offense, including 20 yards on the ground on 19 carries. While the defense shined, Nelson was far from pleased with his offense. He knows his offensive flow needs to improve and the team has to simply play better. "Our team played very well on defense and special teams, a little sloppy on offense. I was somewhat surprised because we have more players back on offense, but we still made first game mistakes. We need to improve our offensive consistency and focus. We jumped offside, dropped passes, missed open receivers and squandered opportunities." Leading 9-0 at halftime, mostly due to a Lynx miscue deep in their own territory, the Rough Riders made plays in the third quarter and cruised to a win in a game called in the fourth quarter due to a lightning storm. The Rough Riders were led by junior QB Taryn Christion, who completed 14-of-25 passes for 152 yards and rushed for 62 yards with two TDs throwing and two by rush. He now has completed 113-of-195 passes for 1,718 yards and 13 TDs in his career. Christion also has career rushing totals of 151 carries for 709 yards and 13 TDs. Senior running back Seth Bjordahl had 10 carries for 33 yards as Roosevelt produced 265 yards in total offense. Moving forward, Nelson must look for someone to step in for linebacker Alex Garcia, who had a shoulder dislocation and will be out at least for the SF Washington matchup. As the team readies for the Warriors, Nelson looks forward to the city matchups that the President's Bowl offers. "It is fun because of the involvement of so many activities brings all the families to the game and the crowd is always big and loud. It is always good to play the best competition possible and this is a showcase of the best Sioux Falls has to offer each season of football," he said. As for Washington, he knows his team faces a tough challenge from the defending 11AA champs, who are aggressive and physical on defense. "We must produce a consistent offensive attack and keep our defense off the field by getting first downs and moving the chains. Washington's strength is their defense right now, so that is a big challenge," said Nelson.
Sioux Falls Washington Notes: While SF Washington won their 13th straight game, the Warriors had to battle to the end in a tightly contested 19-17 home win over improved Aberdeen Central on Friday. While the defense played well, the offense struggled with new leadership under center and loss to graduation of a horde of talented skill position players. Plus, the Warriors were beginning a new era with head coach Chad Stadem. As such, it is expected that a move to a new system takes time. "Defensively we feel we played well. They were put into some tough situations and the kids responded well to the adverse situations," said Stadem. "Offensively we showed our inexperience but we feel we really started to play well in spots but we made costly mistakes to prevent some of our growth. As a team, I was proud of the character the kids displayed and how their fought hard during some of the difficult situations of the game," he said. As noted, the defense, led by the state's top linebacker in senior Dan Marlette, recorded nine sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Marlette, the top linebacker in South Dakota, had 11 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble to lead the way. He now has 137 tackles, 125 TFLs and 8.5 sacks in his career. On offense, sophomore Jack Schelhaas received his first start at QB. After a rough start, he completed 5-of-11 passes for 51 yards and directed a pair of scoring drives. Marlette (11 carries, 67 yards and TD) and Luke Reiter (20 carries, 94 yards, TD) provided strong rushing performances in a ground and pound look. Overall, the offense had 217 yards .The Warriors also received an 84-yard kickoff return from Zac Freese, who had a long punt return TD called back due to a penalty. "Our focus this week is to get better at the things we can control and improve our some of our mental mistakes. I like our maturity in the process of developing into a whole team. We can be very tough come late October if we stay the course and if we keep this good attitude," said Stadem.
Inside Slant: Can SF Washington's defense slow down the Roosevelt offense and dual threat Taryn Christion? Will the Warriors be able to employ a ground and pound attack at the center of the Roosevelt defensive line, move the chains and open up passing lanes? Can Jack Schelhaas continue to progress in his second game as a starting quarterback? Will Dan Marlette again provide the big plays on defense that proved huge in an opening round win over Aberdeen Central? Will special teams play be a factor?
Series Records: Over the past 11 matchups, Roosevelt is 6-5 against Washington, which has won five of the past six games. A year ago, the Warriors took a 40-6 decision. Two years ago, Washington took a 34-29 decision in a regular season finale while Roosevelt won the state title game, 31-17. Other scores since 2004 include: 2010 – SFW 21 SFR 3; 2009 – SFW 32 SFR 10; 2008 – SFW 10 SFR 0; 2007 – SFR 24 SFW 17, SFR 28 SFW 24 (state title game); 2006 – SFR 48 SFW 7; 2005 – SFR 26 SFW 21; 2004 – SFR 28 SFW 0.
Bottomline: Washington is a solid defensive unit that isscuffling a bit on offense. In time, they will be better but this week, they face 11AAA's top defense in Roosevelt. Christion is a dynamic player who has the propensity to make big plays. He will be tough to stop, especially with a talented receiving corps led by Tanner Hennings. The Warriors will look to pound the ball with Reiter and Marlette. Freeze provides a weapon for the Warriors in the special teams.
Who Wins? Sioux Falls Roosevelt is the better team right now and will take a 27-18 win over Washington.