Semmlers lead Parkston past Red Raiders 30-12
By OWEN REITZEL
WAGNER — Andrew Semmler returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Miles Semmler scored two touchdowns to lead Parkston to 30-12 win over the Wagner Red Raiders Friday in a high school football game.
The Trojans came into the game ranked third in Class 11B, while Wagner was ranked fourth.
On Wagner’s first drive, Andrew Semmler intercepted a Dylan Brunsing pass and ran three yards for a touchdown to give Parkston the early lead.
After a short kickoff, the Trojans recovered the ball on the Red Raider 31-yard line. Three plays later, Miles Semmler scored on a 2-yard run and after a successful two-point conversion, the Trojans led 16-0.
Parkston scored once on an interception by Andrew Semmler, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound cornerback, who stepped in front of a Brunsing pass and scored from seven yards out.
“It always helps to get up early and you want to do that every game,” Parkston coach Eric Norden said. “This was a special one.”
The Trojans were without starting quarterback Wes Dvorak, who was out with an injury but Zach Scott filled.
“We have a lot of faith in Zach,” said Norden. “He’s been our quarterback for the last couple of years and he did a great job.”
The Red Raiders looked to get into the contest on the first play of the second quarter after 14-play, 68-yard drive. The drive was highlighted by a 26-yard pass from Brunsing to Noah St. Pierre.
Parkston forced a Wagner punt to open the second half. The Trojans drove to the Wagner 23 yard line. But the Trojans tuned the ball over on downs at the Wagner 30 yard line.
The Red Raiders forced the Trojans to a 4-and-out drive in the third and took full advantage Brunsing scored on a 4-yard run at the end of a 10-play drive.
The momentum seemed to be on the Red Raider side, but the Trojans scored on the next drive, bringing the score to 30-12 heading into the final quarter.
The Trojans (4-0) finished with 201 yards rushing and 14 yards passing for a total 215 yards. Mitch Heisinger led Parkston with 66 yards rushing.
“We gave them 22 points in the first quarter, but I was happy with the effort the kids gave,” Wagner coach Jason Knebel said. “They saw 22 points on the board, but it didn’t stop them and we kept on coming, both offensively and defensively.”
David Kocer led the Red Raiders with 129 yards rushing on 19 carries, while Brunsing passed for 64 yards. Wagner (3-1) had 186 rushing yards and 64 passing yards for 250 total yards.
Parkston hosts Winner Friday, while Wagner hosts Beresford Friday.
PAR-Andrew Semmler 3 yard touchdown interception. Miles Semmler run
PAR-Miles Semmler 2 run. Miles Semmler run
PAR-Andrew Semmler 7 yard interception for touchdown. Run fail.
WAG-Noah St. Pierre 26 pass from Dylan Brunsing. Pass fail.
WAG-Brunsing 4 run. Pass fail.
PAR-Miles Miles Semmler 20 yard run. Miles Semmler run.