Trojans edge Cavaliers in low-scoring 11B game
By OWEN REITZEL
TYNDALL — It was fitting on a night when defenses dominated that a defensive stand decided the game.
Bon Homme drove to the 3-yard line, but after a strong showing from the Parkston defense and a holding penalty, the Cavaliers’ attempt to tie the game fell short. The Trojans (7-1) held on for the 8-0 victory in the final game of the regular season Thursday in Tyndall.
The Trojans seemed in control after Lane Konrad and Brady Reiff tackled Bon Homme’s Chase Kortan for a safety with just over three minutes remaining in the game. On the ensuing drive, Parkston fumbled and Bon Homme recovered at its own 24. Bon Homme quarterback Dakota Bodden then hit Scott Van Winkle on a 53-yard pass to the Trojan 16-yard line. The Cavaliers continued to drive but hopes of a comeback came up short after miscues.
“It’s a big rivalry game, so everybody is going to give everything they can,” Parkston Eric Norden said. “It was tight at the end and you have to give them credit. Both defenses played hard and it was an exciting game.”
Wes Dvorak took the opening kickoff and returned it to the Cavalier 40-yard line. Five plays later, Mitch Heisinger raced 23 yards for the only touchdown of the game and give the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
Bon Homme (5-3) attempted to answer with a 14-play drive, but Parkston’s defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs.
Both defenses took over in the second quarter, forcing fumbles. The Cavaliers best scoring chance of the first half came with under five minutes left until intermission. On second-and-18, Bodden romped 44 yards to the Trojan 25-yard line, but a sack forced a fourth-and-20. The Trojans took over after an incomplete pass.
The Trojans finished with 195 yards rushing on 40 carries, while Heisinger and Andrew Semmler each had six carries for 21 yards. Blake Bietz carried the ball eight times for 39 yards in the win. Caleb Horstman led Parkston with seven tackles.
“Overall we played well,” said Bon Homme coach Byron Pudwill. “We had problem at times this year giving up early touchdowns, but we seem to get things figured out.”
Bodden led the Cavaliers with 25 carries for 112 yards and threw for 87 yards passing. Bon Homme rushed for 118 yards and finished the night with 205 totals yards.
Both teams open playoff action Tuesday.
NOTES: Parkston’s Wes Dvorak missed two field goals and had one blocked in the game.
P: Mitch Heisinger 23 run (kick failed)
P: Lane Conrad, Brady Reiff safety