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Gridiron Blitz #5 - Regular Season Hits Halfway Point

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

As a high school kid, some years ago, I remember heading to Gordon's Card Parlor (now gone) in Gettysburg after a grueling football practice. With my buddies, we needed a few pops, sunflower seeds and peanuts and to hear the points rack up on the noisy pinball machines as frowns were cast our way from the elderly guys sitting at the card tables playing pinochle, buck euchre or whatever.

In a certain respect, I believe the pinball points can be equated in a way to the scoring numbers we are seeing in South Dakota prep football week in and week out. Look, SF Lincoln, the top team in Class 11AAA is averaging 49.5 points per game and have gone over 50 points three times in four games.  A total of 173 teams have scored 30 points or more in the first four weeks of prep football action in South Dakota. This past week, there were 45 schools, down from 51 a week ago, with 30 points or more. In 2013, 19 teams have scored over 60 points (five in weeks four). A total of 50 teams had 50 points or more (16 in week 3) while 123 (3A3 two weeks in a row) recorded 40 points or better. Sully Buttes recorded the best offensive total of the week with 68 points. While the numbers have been "big," games are starting to tighten up. This past week, 13 games went to the wire (eight points or less) and 33 have been "close" this season. And, yes, defensive coaches, we are seeing some stout defenses. A total of 49 teams have shut out with 13 teams failing to tally any points this past week.

Something I Think I know

At the midway point, I believe we know that #1 Sioux Falls Lincoln (4-0) and #2 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (3-1) are the cream of the crop in 11AAA. It is extremely likely (99% according to my book) that they will end up in the DakotaDome, vying for the state title, just as I had projected in the Pigskin Preview magazine. They are both extremely talented teams that get it done on both sides of the ball. Right now, the Patriots appear to be the stronger team, although Roosevelt has arguably (I hear you Caden Quintanilla fans) the best player in the Class in junior QB Taryn Christion, who not only throws it but runs it. He has three 100-yard rush games already and and an 11-man best 876 yards throwing. 

In 11AA, Pierre Riggs has dominated and I expect that to continue. Govs' senior QB Alex Gray is talented and has weapons in Austin Christopherson, Shay Reinke, Garret Pochup, who can also kick 50-yard field goals, and Jace Jerome in the backfield. As for 11A, right now #1 West Central (3-0) has been dominant, unbeaten and untested while #2 Madison (4-0) has rolled over every opponent with a squad that can pass, run and defend, led by running back Rush Milne and QB Jacob Giles. The two meet up this week in what will be the most watched game of the week. I will make my pick in the Focus on Five Blog tomorrow. In 11B, #1 Aberdeen Roncalli is 4-0 and looks solid but they haven't been quite as explosive as I thought they might be. But, they have won 14-of-the-last 15 games, falling only to 11B runner-up Tri-Valley in the state semifinals a year ago. So, what do I know? Also in 11B, pay attention to Eric Norden's Parkston squad which faces #2 Winner this week. The Trojans play extraordinary tough defense and can run the ball. With the dynamic Wes Dvorak at QB, this is a team that will be a tough nut to crack. As for Winner, all they do is win – to the tune of 15-straight games. Dan Aaker's team has always focused on the run and strong defense. Their front four, led by Kray Krolikowski (9.5 sacks over last 15 games) is as good as it gets.   

The 9AA class is full of quality teams, led by #1 Arlington (4-0), which has a win over #4 Deubrook earlier this year. Then, you have a very talented Gregory team that seems to be building momentum. After its move to 9AA, Garretson has been the real deal led by junior running back Matt Johnson. Deubrook lost early but Adolph Shepardson's crew is a proud champion and with Riley Hanson, they can put up lots of points. Jeff Van Leur's Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan's team just reloads and will be in the hunt until the end while up-and-coming Menno-Marion has an explosive duo in QB Nick Gortmaker and bulldog running back Chet Peterson. The 9A Class is led by Howard and its all-world junior back Luke Loudenberg. Herreid-Selby has a lot of weapons and a tough defense and will be tough to stop. Don't blink on Leola-Frederick or the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds. Leola-Frederick knocked Potter County from the ranks of the unbeaten and feature a talented group led by Logan Weisser and Derick Podoll. Then finally in 9B, #1 Hamlin and #2 Avon (my Pigskin Preview picks to make the finals) have been dominate. Hamlin is deep, strong and focused with a defense that hasn't allowed a TD yet. Avon has a big, athletic line with standout runners in Brandon Kocmich and Devin Tolsma. They just ram it down your throat or use their speed to burn you on the perimeter. Or, as Gregory found out, the propensity for a gadget play that goes the distance and makes opponents seeth inside. Keep an eye on Wall, which has a steady QB in Lane Blasius, an explosive back in Carson Johnson and a versatile WR/RB in Trevor Anderson. Wolsey-Wessington features 2-time 1,000 yard running back Ryne Johnson plus a star QB in Lorenzo Williams.

Then, there is the matter of the kickoff return, which I think I think is the most exciting play in the game. There is something about that ball falling from the sky in the waiting arms of a speedy back that looks to evade all comers and find the end zone. We have already witnessed eight kickoff returns over 90 yards including a state record typing 98-yard return by Dayton Bender of Brookings two weeks ago. Terrance Kinzer of Colome has a 97-yard TD return while Austin Christopherson of Pierre has taken it to the house from 96 yards. Riley Franzen of BV has a 95-yard TD return and many more. How about Luke Weber of Arlington taking two kickoff returns to the house in the same game and tying a 9-man kick return mark? Overall, I believe I have counted just about 15 KOR TDs already this season. Cool.   

Winner Has Longest Winning Streak Going at 15 Games

With a win 48-13 win over Valentine (Neb.), Winner has extended its winning streak to 15 games, the longest in South Dakota.

Hejna Has Been Electric for Yankton

While Yankton is off to a rough start at 1-3, the Bucks senior wide receiver J.J. Hejna is been electric. A week ago, he had 10 catches for 122 yards in a 34-21 loss to Aberdeen Central. That total marks the third straight game that Hejna has had at least 100 yards receiving (122, 175, 217). For the season, he has 29 receptions for 589 yards and six TDs with his receptions total on pace to finish near the top 10 all-time for a season (averaging in a first-round playoff game). He is averaging 147 yards per game and with that pace, over nine games (eight regular season games plus a first round playoff game), would finish with over 1,300 yards.

Quintanilla Scores 5 TDs Career 100-yard Game
Caden Quintanilla of Sioux Falls Lincoln had five TDs along with 15 carries for 91 yards in the 52-24 win over Watertown last weekend. Quintanilla, who has 14th career 100-yard plus game, now has 94 carries for 615 yards and 12 TDs this season. The explosive and heady Lincoln senior, who is the top rusher in 11-man ranks, has pushed his career rushing totals to 360 carries for 2,455 yards and 40 TDs. He also has 466 touches for 4,280 all-purpose yards and 43 total TDs in his career. 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.  

Deubrook's Riley Hanson Leads All Rushers with 930 yards

Riley Hanson of Deubrook has been virtually unstoppable this season with games of 186, 186, 197 and 361 through four games. He has 74 carries for a state-best 930 yards and 12 TDs and will likely crack the 1K mark for the season at Castlewood on Friday. In his career, he has 161 carries for 1,686 yards with 23 TDs. In all-purpose yards, he has 4,180, including 1,157 this year.

Top Rushing Performances This Season

The season has provided spectacular moments. How about the rushing efforts? Tantalizing prep watchers have been Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 31-367-5 TDs; Turner Serr, 26-356-4 TDs; Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 11-272-5 TDs; Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 38-243-2 TDs; Gavin Kolden, Waverly-South Shore, 23-242-3 TDs and Carson Johnson, who opened the season with 10 carries for 241 yards and three TDs, scored six more times last week and now has 16 total TDs.  Howard's Luke Loudenberg had 239 yards rushing on 14 carries in the Tigers' opener 238 yards on 34 carries in their second week and just 180 last week but six TDs, including one of those "exciting" kickoff returns (80-yards).  

Christion Goes Past 1K Rushing, Nearing 2,500 Yards Passing; Lundquist Close to 2K Passing

Sioux Falls Roosevelt junior QB Taryn Christion has completed 62-of-103 passes for 876 yards and 10 TDs along with 62 carries for 430 yards and five TDs in 2013. As a result, he now has gone over 2K in passing yards and 1K in rushing yards. He has completed 162-of-273 passes for 2,343 yards and 21 TDs while moving his career rushing totals to 203 carries for 1,073 yards and 16 TDs. Another junior QB, Zach Lundquist of 11B #1 Aberdeen Roncalli is closing in on 2K passing for a career. He has completed 41-of-59 passes for 513 yards and nine TDs this year which moves his career totals to 146 completions on 295 passes for 1,972 yards and 35 TDs.

Kinzer, Johnson Both in 3K Rushing Club

Kinzer had 91 yards rushing in a win over Highmore-Harrold and passed 3,000 yards rushing in his career. He has generated 3,022 yards on 313 carries with 48 TDs. Meanwhile Wolsey-Wessington senior running back Ryne Johnson has joined Kinzer in the 3K club. Johnson now has 347 carries for 3,198 yards and 42 TDs as well as 3,731 all-purpose yards. To reach the top 10 all-time in rushing yards will require Kinzer and Johnson to reach 4,070 yards. That means Kinzer needs 1,049 yards while Johnson has to garner 879 yards. Johnson is the only player in South Dakota returning after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. Johnson has 13 games career games with 100 yards or more while Kinzer has 12. Kinzer, who has 3,933 all-purpose yards, needs just 31 points to move into the top 15 all-time in terms of 9-man point production. He has scored 332 points in his career. With 48 career rushing TDs, Kinzer needs 15 more TDs to move into the top 10 all-time.

SF Washington LB Dan Marlette Shining

One of the state's top players Dan Marlette of SF Washington is having a standout start to his senior season. Marlette, who is being recruited by several FCS programs, already has 29 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick in three games. He sat out the O'Gorman game due to an ankle problem but is a handful for offenses as he patrols the middle of a physical Washington defense. As a result, Marlette's career numbers on defense include 155 tackles, 30.5 TFLs, , 9.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

Change Doesn't Stop Wilmot's – Bronson's Production

Wilmot was hit hard by graduation of some of the team's outstanding offensive talent in QB Austin Hulscher (133-of-240-2,076 yards and 25 TDs passing) and wide receiver Landon Hammer (58-1,098 yards and 17 TDs receiving). So, a slow start could be expected by Mike Schmidt's crew, who are 1-3. Still, the team's production has been solid with 1,160 yards in total offense. Two players are splitting duties at QB with Chase Bronson, who was a 1,000-yard back a year ago (149-1,016-9 TDs), completing 22-of-44 passes for 424 yards and five TDs while adding 27 carries for 176 yards and three TDs. In his career, the senior has 272 carries for 1,907 career rushing yards and 24 TDs. In addition, he has 33 receptions for 527 yards and five TDs. In total Bronson has 3,642 all-purpose yards. Then there is the case of Logan Hammer, who is likely one of the few players in South Dakota with 254 yards passing and 283 receiving. He has completed 18-of-38 passes for 254 yards and three TDs with 12 receptions for 283 yards and five TDs. In the 66-13 win over Great Plains Lutheran, Bronson had 350 all-purpose yards and 472 yards in total offense. And, he had his hand in eight TDs, including two rushing, one kick return, one receiving, and four passing.  He completed 15-of-20 passes for 272 yards and four TDs along with seven carries for 143 yards and 2 TDs, one a 74-yard jaunt, with a 22-yard TD reception and a 90-yard kickoff return. Hammer had a TD toss to Bronson plus 10 receptions for 198 yards and four TDs in that same game.


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

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. Sioux Falls Lincoln (4-0), 75, (15) 2. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (3-1), 60 3. Brandon Valley (3-1), 44, #4 last week 4. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (2-2), 22, #3 last week 5. Sioux Falls Washington (2-2), 21  

Trending: In four wins this fall, #1 Lincoln has built a 197-to-91 point differential over four opponents. With 52 points against Watertown, the Pats broke 50 points for the third time in four games and the 16th time in the past five years.  

Notes: After losing for the first time this season, the preseason #1 Rough Riders answered the bell with a 49-13 win over Rapid City Central. QB Taryn Christion was 11-of-16 for 262 yards and three TDs (30, 62, 88). He had a 48-yard TD run along with 10 carries for 100 yards, his third 100-yard rush game this season. O'Gorman dropped a heart-breaking 16-14 decision to 11AA #1 Pierre at McEeananey Field, despite rushing 61 times for 321 yards, including 26 carries for 179 yards and a TD from Matt White. Despite a few turnover issues, Brandon Valley won a third-straight game with a 16-7 win over a stubborn and 11AA #2 Brookings team. The Lynx, which have a 104-to-75 edge in points this season, get senior wideout A.J. Garrow (118 career receptions, 8th all-time) back this week. His senior leadership will be a factor for a young BV offense moving forward.   SF Washington rebounded from a 1-2 start with a 36-0 win over Rapid City Stevens. Luke Reiter scored 3 TDs to lead the Warriors, which received a 25-yard interception return from star LB Danny Marlette.  Blake Stone had a 138 yards rushing as Rapid City Central fell to Roosevelt, 49-13. Aberdeen Central evened its record at 2-2 after recording a 34-21 over 11AA Yankton.  


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

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. Pierre (4-0), 75, (15) 2. Mitchell (3-1), 54, #3 last week3. Brookings (2-2), 46, #2 last week 4. Watertown (1-2), 32 5. Yankton (1-3), 11

Trending: The Governors received a TD throw and a TD run from senior QB Alex Gray as they knock off #3 11AAA SF O'Gorman, 16-14. Pierre upended O'G for the first time since 1964 and the 4-0 start is the best in over a decade. Gray has 293 yards rushing and six TDs along with 763 yards passing and six TDs. Four receivers (Austin Christopherson, Ethan Case, Garrett Pochup, and Shay Reinke) have at least seven receptions for a passing offense averaging 190.8 yards per game. The rush offense is putting up 186.8 yards per game as HC Jayson Poppinga's balanced offensive approach seems to be working wonders.

Notes: Brookings fell to Brandon Valley, 13-7. The Bobcats with an 86-to-57 scoring margin face 11AAA Lincoln on Friday. Brookings led the Lynx, 7-0, on a 13-yard run by Gerald Maxwell before BV scored 16 unanswered points. The Lynx have played solid defense all year, except for the lapse two weeks ago agaisnt Yankton. Leading the way is Matt Winter and Andrew Sorenson with 23 tackles while Erik Ode has been a force with 7 TFLs, and 2.5 sacks. Alex Maassen has 3.5 sacks and 19 tackles. The Bobcats played their first game without standout running back Devon Crandall, who has been lost for the season due to injury. With 142 yards on 19 carries and two TDs Mitch Johnson leads Kernels to a rebound win over Spearfish, 34-7. Kernels move to 3-1 – opponents hold a 90-to-89 point advantage. Watertown jumped out to a 14-0 lead but dropped a 56-24 decision to 11AAA #1 SF Lincoln. The Bucks dropped to 1-3 with a 34-21 setback to Aberdeen Central. Bucks have been outscored 139-to-119 in four games.


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

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. West Central (3-0), 75 (15) 2. Madison (4-0), 60 3.  Dell Rapids (2-1), 44 4. Tea Area (2-1), 31 5. Hot Springs (2-1), 14

Trending: While West Central and Madison seem to be the most watched teams in 11A, keep an eye on three-time defending champion Dell Rapids. Steve Hansen has his crew doing again what it does best – run the ball and play defense. The Quarriers recorded a second straight win with a 46-7 decision over Milbank.  The Quarriers again did it on the ground – with 346 yards rushing on 40 carries with six TDs rushing. Dell Rapids finished with 378 yards in total offense.

Notes: Cole Tirrel had three TDs – by rush, receiving and a 63-yard punt return – to lead #1 West Central to a 51-6 win over Lennox. Brayden Swartout had a 67-yard punt return TD as West Central had a pair of long returns in the game. Steady senior QB Noah Matson was 6-of-8 for 88 yards and two TDs. Madison rolled past #5 Sisseton as Rush Milne scored three TDs with 131 yards rushing on 11 carries. Jacob Giles was 8-of-13 for 149 yards and a TD. Madison had a 52-yard punt return TD from Preston Nordling.   With five TDs and 132 yards rushing on just nine carries Gunnar Ensz led Tea Area to a 41-0 win over Vermillion. It was a big rebound game for Tea Area, which opened its new field on Friday. As for Ensz, he got back to scoring. A year ago he reached paydirt 16 times and has six already this season.


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

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. Aberdeen Roncalli (4-0), 74 (14) 2. Winner (3-0), 59 3. St. Thomas More (3-0), 45 (1) 4. Parkston (4-0), 32 5. Canton (2-1), 6, unranked previously

Trending: Parkston used stout defense (two defensive scores by Andy Semmler) and a strong rushing attack to disarm previously #5 Wagner, 30-12, in a key road test. In total, Parkston recorded five interceptions, which really short-circuited any comeback efforts by the Red Raiders. Parkston's Miles Semmler had 13 carries for 33 yards and two TDs with Mitch Heisinger providing 66 yards on 15 carries. In total, the Trojans had 44 carries for 201 yards as they defeated the Red Raiders with their run-based offense and tough defense. Now, Parkston has an even bigger fish on the line when they tangle with defending champ and #2 Winner this week.  

Notes: Terry Dosch's Aberdeen Roncalli squad had its biggest offensive effort of the season in a 48-7 win over Mobridge-Pollock. At 4-0, they have built a 123-to-34 scoring differential. As for Winner, Trace Meyer had 12 carries for 161 yards and two TDs to lead Winner to their third straight win, a 48-13 over Valentine, Neb., this year. St. Thomas More which was idle, own a 115-to-28 scoring differential and face Douglas on Sept. 27. QB Matt Eastmo has completed 24-of-38 for 413 yards and five TDs for the Cavaliers. His top target has been senior end Jacob Henderson with nine receptions for 193 yards and two TDs.   Tri-Valley, the defending 11B runner-up fell for the second time this year, dropping a 19-0 decision to Bon Homme, which recorded its biggest win this season and perhaps over the past few years. Canton which had an open week, has a 91-to-56 scoring differential and faces a crucial test with Tri-Valley on Friday. Redfield-Doland moved to 3-1 with a 21-14 win over Groton. They were led by Landon Rohlfs, who had 27 carries for 138 yards and two TDs.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Arlington 2. Gregory 3. Garretson 4. Deubrook 5. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll – 1. Arlington (4-0), 75 (14) 2. Garretson (3-0), 59 3. Gregory (3-1), 43  4. Deubrook (3-1), 25 5. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (3-1), 17.5

Trending: While Arlington continues to roll and look the part as the best team in 9AA, two other squads, Gregory and Deubrook have shaken off disappointing losses and returned to the business of winning. Gregory, the preseason #1, has two straight wins with a 62-6 victory over Marty Indian School. Robert Vornacka had six carries for 172 yards and two TDs, scoring on 43 and 38 yard TD runs. Gregory's defense stepped up with five interceptions in a game ended at halftime. The Gorillas have a 157-to-82 scoring advantage over opponents. Led by Riley Hanson, Deubrook won for a third straight time.  Hanson had 31 carries for 367 yards and five TDs for the Dolphins, which has a 182-to-86 scoring differential. Directed by head coach Adolph Shepardson, the Dolphins could be a difficult offense to slow down.

Notes: Arlington moved to 4-0 with a 39-8 win over Lake Preston. The Cardinals own a 185-to-58 scoring differential with margins of at least 31 points in each of the past three games. Junior QB Andrew King had three TDs while Alex Heuer had eight carries for 108 yards and TDs of 21 and 39 yards. Luke Weber added eight carries for 97 yards and a 67-yard TD run. Garretson, which has a 130-to-32 point edge, had an open week and now play an up-and-coming squad in Alcester-Hudson, which is 4-0 behind a veteran and explosive backfield led by Colin Walth, Grant Johnson and Erik Barnes. BEE rolled to a 46-0 win over Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian as Wade Miller had 13 carries for 120 yards and three TDs (50, 2 rush; 72-yard TD reception). Jordan Grosdidier had 10 carries for 101 yards and TDs of 45 and 3 yards. Blake Bartscher with TD throw and TD run for BEE which has a 148-to-71 scoring margin this season. Nick Gortmaker had 31 carries for 168 yards and three TDs as Menno-Marion rallied from a 22-0 deficit to upset previously 9B #3 Canistota, 34-28 in overtime. The win was the biggest yet by Menno-Marion, which faces 9A #1 Howard this week. Clark-Willow Lake improved to 3-1 with a 48-12 win over Deuel as Tyson Jenkins rushed for 13 times for 159 yards and Cody Nelson had 100 yards on 12 carries. Jenkins had three TD runs and a TD throw as well as returned a blocked punt for a score. Austin Grout had 15 carries for 104 yards and a TD as well as a 75-yard kickoff return to lead Webster Area past Florence-Henry, 42-0.   


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Howard 2. Herreid-Selby 3. Wolsey-Wessington

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll – 1 – Howard (3-0), 73 (13) 2. Herreid-Selby (3-0), 62 (2) 3. Colome (2-1), 26.5, #4 last week 4. Wolsey-Wessington (3-0), 25, #5 last week 5. Leola-Frederick (4-0), 23, unranked last week

Trending: Wolsey-Wessington's ground game is definitely trending right now. In three straight wins by a 145-to-32 margin, the Warbirds have rushed for over 400 yards in each game. The totals include 22-436-7 TDs; 39-435-5 TDs and 32-405-4 TDs. Directed by head coach Gordon Hooks, the Warbirds have had 521, 490 and 487 in total offense each of those contests. In total, Wolsey-Wessington has 93 carries for 1,276 yards or 425.3 rushing yards per game. Leading the way has been senior running back Ryne Johnson who has accumulated 658 yards on 44 carries with nine TDs. Another key cog is quarterback Lorenzo Williams, a standout player in basketball. Williams has completed 12-of-19 passes for 222 yards and three TDs while rushing for 411 yards on 29 carries with four TDs.  

Notes: Howard tightened its grip on #1 after a 54-27 win over Mount Vernon/Plankinton. Again, the Tigers were led by junior sensation Luke Loudenberg, who had 183 yards on 22 carries with six TDs to lead the Tigers past Mount Vernon/Plankinton, 54-27. He scored on runs of 42, 29, 20, 5, 2 and had an 80-yard kickoff return for a TD. Howard has a 141-to-53 scoring edge in three dominate wins. Herreid/Selby, which remained #2 and had two first-place votes, picked up a 28-6 win over Lemmon/McIntosh and now own a 131-to-6 point differential.  Herreid-Selby will host Potter County on Friday. Leola-Frederick jumped into the poll for the first time after a 12-7 win over previously #3 Potter County, which dropped out of the top five. Leola-Frederick, led by Logan Weisser, Dane Campbell and Derick Podoll, own a 163-to-37 scoring margin over opponents. Colome had an open week but have a 106-to-75 point differential so far this season. 


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Hamlin 2. Avon 3. Wall 4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 5. Faith

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll – 1. Hamlin (4-0), 74 (15) 2. Avon (4-0), 61 (2) 3. Faith (3-0), 38, #4 last week 4. Wall (4-0), 28, #5 last week 5. Dell Rapids St. Mary (3-0), 16.5, unranked last week

Trending: Wall, led by head coach Kent Anderson, is a team that continues to win by registering big points totals. Last week, they picked up a 65-20 win over Lyman and now have a 218-60 scoring differential vs. its opponents. Junior Carson Johnston had 163 yards on 21 carries with six TDs to lead Wall. Johnston already has 53 carries for 709 yards and 16 TDs, 15 by rushing. Also versatile WR/RB Trevor Anderson had nine carries for 129 yards and a TD with three receptions for 95 yards, just missing the rare 100-yards receiving/rushing double. Lane Blasius was 8-of-14 for 133 yards and a TD as Wall garnered 50 carries for 427 yards rushing and 595 yards in total offense.

Notes:  Any questions about Hamlin's defense? They have not allowed a TD in four straight games and allowed just a special team scoring in a 57-6 win. Austin Niemann scored three TDs, including a 94-yard interception return for Hamlin, which limited Waverly-South Shore to 138 total yards, 120 by the air. Dusty Quiram had 17 carries for 147 yards and three TDs (61, 8, 4). Ryder Grantham had eight carries for 44 yards and a TD while junior QB Brody Grantham completed 5-of-8 passes for 128 yards as Hamlin rolled up 369 total yards, including 241 on the ground. The Chargers, which have a 182-to-6 scoring differential through four games, outscored WSS, 36-6 in the second quarter. Avon rolled to a 50-0 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour, increasing their scoring margin differential to 166-to-35 after four games (all wins). After dropping a 34-28 OT decision to 9AA Menno-Marion, three-time 9-man champ Canistota fell from the rankings for the first team in over three years. Dell Rapids St. Mary's RB Josh Brown had 11 carries for 108 yards and two TDs and Ben Bunkers added seven carries for 83 yards and two TDs in a 58-14 win over ORR. Lucas Ching threw two TDs to lead Castlewood to a 26-0 win over DeSmet/Iroquois. Ching was 8-of-23 for 114 yards and threw TD passes of 28 yards to Adam Ching and one-yard to Riley Haug. Ching had three catches for 76 yards while Jacob Tvedt had 22 carries for 97 yards and a TD. Faulkton Area won for the third straight time with a 22-16 win over previously unbeaten Langford Area. Faulkton Area, led by Darin Wieseler's 373 yards rushing, Kurt Beidler's 359 passing and Cole Baloun's 140 receiving yards, has been a dynamic offense that has built a 102-52 edge in their three wins to open the season. Burke-South Central defeated Gayville-Volin, 47-6, as Turner Serr (575 yards on the season) had 11 carries for 173 yards and three TDs while Tyson Serr had eight rushes for 110 yards and two TDs.

Prep Stat Roll

11-man rushing

Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 94-615-12 TDs

Landon Rolhfs, Redfield-Doland, 93-598-7 TDs

Rush Milne, Madison, 61-460-11 TDs

Blake Stone, Rapid City Central, 90-451-5 TDs

Jake Baloun, Redfield-Doland, 54-427-3 TDs

Shay Bratland, Watertown, 78-426-5 TDs

Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 62-430-2 TDs

Matt White, SF O'Gorman, 75-393-3 TDs

Jake Oberpriller, Hot Springs, 52-370-2 TDs

David Kocer, Wagner, 62-355-TD

Kenneth Myers, Custer, 59-355-6 TDs

Luke Reiter, SF Washington, 61-343-5 TDs

Trace Meyer, Winner, 36-333-4 TDs

Dalton Cox, Aberdeen Roncalli, 49-318-4 TDs

Dereck DeVries, Lennox, 58-310-2 TDs

Nick Buchmann, Tri-Valley, 62-306-2 TDs

Alex Gray, Pierre, 42-293-6 TDs

Luke Fritsch, SF O'Gorman, 44-289-4 TDs

Blake Perryman, Dakota Valley, 53-274-5 TDs

Brett Nichols, Dell Rapids, 24-253-5 TDs

Riley Schmidt, Dell Rapids, 33-223-TD

Austin Van Asselt, Tri-Valley, 60-267-3 TDs

Jace Jerome, Pierre, 51-253-2 TDs

Mitch Johnson, Mitchell, 66-250-4 TDs

Cooper Hansen, Tea Area, 15-237-3 TDs

Cody Miller, West Central, 30-235-2 TDs

Gunnar Ensz, Tea Area, 21-234-6 TDs

Cam Holmes, Brandon Valley, 57-231- 2TD

Dakota Bodden, Bon Homme, 52-230-2 TDs

Jared Hueser, Elk Point-Jefferson, 82-214-TD

Sam Naasz, Winner, 25-212-4 TDs

Regan Bye, Vermillion, 59-210-TD

Cody Bussell, West Central, 26-204-3 TDs

Derek Eldeen, Tri-Valley, 39-191-TD

Tyler Madsen, Vermillion, 49-189-TD

Trevor Archer, Sisseton, 34-193-2 TDs

Mason Hemmer, Madison, 25-143-2 TDs

Brayden Hilton, Aberdeen Roncalli, 9-142-TD

Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 31-139-5 TDs

Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 21-138-TD

Lukas Forsling, Elk Point-Jefferson, 26-137

Isaac Faldmo, Dakota Valley, 39-135-2 TDs

Jaden Holzer, SF O'Gorman, 27-133-2 TDs

Cody Nielsen, Dell Rapids, 21-131-TD

Cole Tirrell, West Central, 16-131-5 TDs

Justin Harkless, Hot Springs, 29-129-TD

Chase Kortan, Bon Homme, 32-129-2 TDs

John Oldenkamp, Lennox, 22-126-2 TDs

Ben Briggs, SF O'Gorman, 18-123-2 TD

Kanin Nelson, Mitchell, 40-122- 2 TDs

Levi Davis, Yankton, 39-114-2 TDs

Ethan Case, Pierre, 15-113-TD

Trevor McCabe, Dakota Valley, 24-110, TD

Brody Frederickson, Madison, 17-104-2 TDs

Jack Schelhaas, SF Washington, 38-93-0

Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 22-105-TD

Nathan Galbraith, Winner, 20-88-2 TDs

Luke Raabe, SF Washington, 18-88-TD

Matt Wagner, SF Lincoln, 10-76-TD

Eion Donelan, SF O'Gorman, 22-71-2 TDs

Dan Marlette, SF Washington, 14-67-TD

11-man passing

Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 63-103-876-10 TDs 

Mason Strahl, Yankton, 47-87-790-4 TDs

Jake Comeaux, Brandon Valley, 62-104-767-9 TDs

Alex Gray, Pierre, 36-59-763-6 TDs

Jacob Giles, Madison, 41-68-661-4 TDs

Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 42-66-660-6 TDs

Bruce Gunderson, Sisseton, 27-48-582-5 TDs (2 games)

Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 33-67-573-7 TDs

Zach Lundquist, Aberdeen Roncalli, 41-59-513-9 TDs

Austin Hagen, RC Stevens, 28-56-426-4 TDs  

Chase Glazier, Custer, 25-38-491-5 TDs

Jacob Goehring, Aberdeen Central, 40-73-474-8 TDs

Matthew Eastmo, St. Thomas More, 24-38-413-5 TDs

Kyle Stover, Redfield-Doland, 18-47-394-5 TDs

Isaac Faldmo, Dakota Valley, 29-66-365-4 TDs

Dylan Brunsing, Wagner, 20-47-359-5 TDs

Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 21-44-346-3 TDs

Kanin Nelson, Mitchell, 27-59-323-3 TDs

Logan Gabriel, Watertown, 22-54-322-2 TDs

Brady Hale, Yankton, 19-34-293-4 TDs

Dakota Bodden, Bon Homme, 21-61-277

Matt Ouelette, Vermillion, 21-50-255

Christian Boecher, Rapid City Central, 22-56-242-3 TDs

Jack Schelhaas, SF Washington, 27-63-232-0 TDs

Noah Matson, West Central, 18-27-224-5 TDs

Donnie Pallatto, RC Central, 15-21-201-2 TDs

Noah Matson, West Central, 18-27-224-5 TDs

Justin Harkless, Hot Springs, 12-44-184-3 TDs

Cody Reed, Elk Point-Jefferson, 16-41-104

Tanner Solberg, Dell Rapids, 6-24-49-TD

Clark Haugen, Tri-Valley, 4-20-86-27-91

Tyler Leisinger, Lennox, 9-27-96

11-man Receiving

JJ Hejna, Yankton, 29-589-6 TDs

Tanner Hennings, SF Roosevelt, 19-323-3 TDs

Chase Vinatieri, SF Roosevelt, 19-206-2 TDs

Drew Reinschmidt, Brandon Valley, 18-218-3 TDs

Asher Pikula, RC Central, 18-176-2 TDs

Austin Meester, Beresford, 17-281-4 TDs

Alex Wilde, Brandon Valley, 15-290-4 TDs

Preston Nordling, Madison, 14-327-2 TDs

Carter Kasuske, Madison, 12-149-TD

Ephram Albrecht, Redfield-Doland, 11-277-5 TDs

Riley Franzen, Brandon Valley, 11-101-TD

Jordan Cornelius, Sisseton, 10-331-3 TDs (two games)

Brad Bogue Beresford, 10-240-2 TDs

Trey Naasz, SF Lincoln, 10-217-TD

Tarin Smallfield, Tea Area, 10-204-2 TDs

Noah St. Pierre, Wagner, 10-189-4 TDs

Austin Christopherson, Pierre Riggs, 9-209-2 TDs

Ethan Case, Pierre Riggs, 9-164-0

Beau Brown, Mitchell, 9-138-TD

Clayton Wahlstrom, Custer, 9-97-TD

Logan Neugebauer, Mitchell, 9-71-TD

Logan Raabe, SF Washington, 9-48

Garrett Pochop, Pierre Riggs, 8-241-2 TDs

Ethan James, Vermillion, 8-176-TD

Dylan Barstow, SF Lincoln, 8-127-3 TDs

Nate Svendsen, Vermillion, 8-107-0

AJ Garrow, Brandon Valley, 8-51

Joel Thomsen, Custer, 7-206-2 TDs

Shay Reinke, Pierre Riggs, 7-157-2 TDs

Chase Kortan, Bon Homme, 7-143-2 TDs

Ryan Benson, SF Roosevelt, 6-152-2 TDs

Josh Dotson, RC Central, 6-122-2 TDs

Cole Berkley, Hot Springs, 6-119-2 TDs

David Mulbah, SF Roosevelt, 5-127-TD

Ethan Jones, Mitchell, 5-39-TD

Nickel Meyers, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 5-116-3 TDs

Cooper Hansen, Tea Area, 5-83-TD

Chandler Holland, Webster Area, 5-82-2 TDs

Zac Lupica, SF Washington, 5-65

Nolan Ritchie, Webster, 5-54

Jaden Holzer, SF O'Gorman, 5-51

Ben Johnson, SF O'Gorman, 5-42

Alex Voight, West Central, 4-80-TD

Jace Hanisch, West Central, 4-63-TD

Kenneth Myers, Custer, 3-100-TD 

Isaac Schubert, Madison, 3-44-TD

Hunter Young, Bon Homme, 3-91-TD

Cody Miller, West Central, 2-52-TD

Cole Tirrel, West Central, 2-29-TD

Zach White, Dell Rapids, 2-25-TD

9-man - Rushing

Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 74-930-12 TDs

Carson Johnston, Wall, 53-709-15 TDs

Nick Hofer, Canistota, 73-662-6 TDs

Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 44-658-9 TDs

Luke Loudenberg, Howard, 70-645-12 TDs

Nick Gortmaker, Menno/Marion, 66-641-7 TDs

Brandon Kocmich, Avon, 32-616-10 TDs

Turner Serr, South Central, 53-575-6 TDs

Wade Miller, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 74-527-11TDs

Josh Brown, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 28-525-10 TDs

Alex Marsh, Ipswich-Edmunds Central, 72-524-5 TDs

Matt Johnson, Garretson, 77-516-7 TDs

Colin Walth, Alcester-Hudson, 43-506-4 TDs

Austin Grout, Webster Area, 79-503-6 TDs

Cote Hinker, Mount Vernon-Plankinton, 58-496-6 TDs

Cole Chaplin, Hitchcock-Tulare, 73-495-9 TDs

Luke Weber, Arlington, 38-480-2 TDs

Matt Johnson, Garretson, 62-450-7 TDs

Dusty Quiram, Hamlin, 49-443-10 TDs

Garret McIntosh, Langford Area, 54-438-3 TDs

Kurt Braun, Gregory, 62-441-7 TDs

Garrett McIntosh, Langford Area, 54-438-3 TDs

Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 29-411-4 TDs

Lance Eide, Deuel, 44-405-5 TDs

Chet Peterson, Menno-Marion, 58-395-5 TDs

Darin Wieseler, Faulkton Area, 60-373-6 TDs

Jamie Grosdidier, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 51-370-6 TDs

Drew Planteen, Langford Area, 74-366-4 TDs

Devin Tolsma, Avon, 26-344-3 TD

Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 50-389-4 TDs

Logan Weisser, Leola-Frederick, 32-361-5 TDs

Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 40-303-6 TDs  

Turner Blasius, Kimball-White Lake, 46-298-3 TDs

Ben Bunkers, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 34-296-5 TDs

Tim Bodden, Scotland, 41-281-2 TDs

Jacob Paradeis, Hanson, 43-266-2 TDs

Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 33-262-4 TDs

Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 35-259-4 TDs

Austin Tilton, Corsica-Stickney, 15-258-3 TDs

Rustin Anderson, Viborg-Hurley, 39-257-TD

Erik Barnes, Alcester-Hudson, 53-255-6 TDs

Nathan Parker, Arlington, 13-240-4 TDs

Alex Heuer, Arlington, 23-235-3 TDs

Tyler Wagner, Webster Area, 38-231-3 TDs

Jesse Brockhouse, Garretson, 45-221-7 TDs

Carson Hofer, Canistota, 34-207-5 TDs

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

Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 27-176-3 TDs

Dalton Kruse, Deubrook, 19-175-2 TDs

Trevor Anderson, Wall, 15-171-TD

Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 19-166-2 TDs

George Lapka, Leola-Frederick, 26-173-2 TDs

Dustin Trooien, Deubrook, 33-165-4 TDs

Austin Matthiesen, Garretson, 23-156-TD

Derek Stukel, Gregory, 33-151-TD

Riley Talbot, Kimball-White Lake, 22-146-4 TDs

Mads Esbensen, Deubrook, 9-141-TD

Mitchell Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 14-139-TD

Tyson Serr, South Central, 18-138-TD

Colton Schaefer, Wilmot, 22-136-TD

Dexter Lick, Tri-State, 40-135-4 TDs

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

Blake Bartscher, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 19-125-0

Andrew King, Arlington, 28-123-4 TDs

Jerad Nielsen, Canistota, 16-119-TD

Vladik Johnson, South Central, 8-111-3 TDs

Hunter Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 10-110-TD

Blake Konstantz, Scotland, 18-110-TD

Riley Potter, Faulkton Area, 15-98-TD

Seth Ireland, Scotland, 13-93-TD

Mason Meyer, Hanson, 15-87-TD

Ryder Grantham, Hamlin, 12-82

Chandler Diede, Scotland, 24-80-TD

9-man - Passing

Lane Blasius, Wall, 29-48-598-6 TDs

Bo Fries, Langford Area, 41-69-550-6 TDs

Dustin Northrup, Ipswich-Edmunds Central, 24-73-484-3 TDs

Andrew King, Arlington, 22-32-545-6 TDs

Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 30-59-473-5 TDs

Lucas Ching, Castlewood, 29-71-457-6 TDs

Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 22-44-424-5 TDs

Dane Campbell, Leola-Frederick, 26-53-419-7 TDs

Cole Paulson, Freeman, 28-63-391-4 TDs

Harvey Mollman, Harding County, 13-of-27-372-4 TDs

Kurt Beidler, Faulkton Area, 24-49-359-5 TDs

Shay Jolley, Canistota, 23-38-333-6 TDs

Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 16-27-323-3 TDs

Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 19-37-298-3 TDs

Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 17-23-294-3 TDs

Reid Valsvig, Webster Area, 20-51-289-3 TDs

Dustin Trooien, Deubrook, 18-32-270-5 TDs

Zach Sebern, South Central, 17-30-258-2 TDs

Logan Hammer, Wilmot, 18-38-254-3 TDs

Blake Bartscher, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 19-27-252-TD

Cooper Gates, Deuel, 17-33-244-5 TDs

Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 12-19-222-3 TDs

Nick Gortmaker, Menno/Marion, 10-22-222-3 TDs

Riley Talbott, Kimball/White Lake, 15-43-188-2 TDs

Jesse Brockhouse, Garretson, 9-16-94-TD

Seth Ireland, Scotland, 4-12-71

9-man - Receiving

Trevor Anderson, Wall, 16-389-4 TDs

Brennan Schmidt, Freeman, 14-247-3 TDs

Drew Planteen, Langford Area, 15-321-4 TDs

Jerad Nielsen, Canistota, 13-167-4 TDs

Logan Hammer, Wilmot, 12-283-5 TDs

Derrick Podoll, Leola-Frederick, 12-172-2 TDs

Phil Beck, Ipswich-Edmunds-Central, 11-210-3 TDs

Logan Weisser, Leola-Frederick, 10-174-5 TDs

Cole Baloun, Faulkton Area, 9-140-3 TDs

Lance Eide, Deuel, 9-96-2 TDs

Luke Weber, Arlington, 7-206-3 TDs

Dylan Lehr, Menno-Marion, 7-193-3 TDs

Riley Potter, Faulkton, 7-132-0

Rusten Anderson, Viborg-Hurley, 7-126-2 TDs

Lyle LaFramboise, Alcester-Hudson, 11-195-3 TDs

Wade Miller, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 6-227-2 TD

Donte Blanchard, Langford Area, 6-81-TD

Lane Peterson, Ipswich-Edmunds-Central, 6-100

Tristen Leiseth, Hamlin, 5-116-TD

Jacob Berndt, Deubrook, 5-90-TD

Turner Serr, South Central, 6-86

Trent Johnson, Deubrook, 5-80-TD

Zach Punt, Langford Area, 5-79-TD

Nick Hofer, Canistota, 4-125-2 TDs

Taylor Campbell, Tri-State, 4-33-TD

Tanner Lemme, Arlington, 3-158-TD

JD Shape, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 4-32

Austin Matthiesen, Garretson, 3-69-TD


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