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Deal: Rematches aplenty in state quarterfinal round

Gregory's Tyler Murray (43) finds running room through the Sunshine Bible Academy defense during the first round of the 9AA football playoffs on Oct. 18 at Mike Dacy Field in Gregory. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Another Thursday, another round of South Dakota high school football playoffs.

Today, it's the quarterfinals as the road to the DakotaDome in Vermillion continues.

And of course, the Mitchell area will be represented again in the playoffs. In all, there are 12 area teams fighting for spots at the South Dakota state football championships on Nov. 8-10 in Vermillion.

Here are some notes, tidbits and other nuggets to chew on before today's quarterfinal round:

So, we meet again

There are a few rematches to keep an eye on today. Bon Homme (8-1) hosts Gregory (7-2) at 7 p.m. today in Tyndall in what figures to be another Class 9AA dandy. The Cavaliers outlasted the Gorillas 7-6 in the first meeting on Sept. 21 in Tyndall. "It reminded me of the old days, that Southeast South Dakota Conference football where seven points could win a ball game," said longtime Bon Homme coach Byron Pudwill after the first meeting. "It was just a battle out there and you can't help but be proud of the team." Part two should be another battle.

Corsica-Stickney (5-4) plays Britton-Hecla (9-0) at 6 p.m. in Britton in a rematch of last year's Class 9A state title game. The Braves erased a 16-0 deficit and edged the Jaguars 44-36 in a heart-pounding overtime contest. Corsica-Stickney needed a second-half surge to defeat Lyman in the first round, while Britton-Hecla routed Potter County 66-20 to setup the rematch.

Winner has lost just five games the past two seasons and two have come against Sioux Falls Christian, which won last year's Class 11B title. In fact, the game represents the past three state champs in Class 11B as Winner won in 2015 and 2016. The Warriors (7-2) lost to the Chargers (7-2) in the first meeting 36-0, but that was way back on Aug. 17.

Points, points, points

Good luck to the scoreboard operator today in Warner. Howard (6-3) and Warner (7-2) have both put up some major points this season and we could be in line for a shootout today. Howard averages 41.5 points per game and hung 73 on Deubrook Area in the opening round. Warner, meanwhile, scores 33 points per contest and scored 40 or more points four times this season. The Monarchs also showed they can play some defense in a 28-14 win over Clark/Willow Lake — a team that was ranked in the top-five of Class 9A all season — in the opening round. A few defensive stops late could make the difference in this one, which starts at 7 p.m. in Warner.

Power in 9B

The quarterfinal game between Colome and Colman-Egan features the past two Class 9B state champs. Colome won the title in 2016, while Colman-Egan took the crown last season. Also, Colman-Egan won the 2016 Class 9A championship.

With a powerful tradition of winning, Colome has reached the semifinal round in three straight seasons and four of the last six years. Colman-Egan (7-2) will make the three-hour trek to Colome (9-0) today for the 7 p.m. kickoff.

Weather forecast

The temperature looks it will be in the upper 50s for most of the state and us South Dakotans will take it. But as we know, the weather can turn on a dime in this state. So dress accordingly and let round two begin.