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ABERDEEN -- Possessing a stout defense and more than enough playmakers on offense, the Red team defeated the Blue squad 24-7 during the annual South Dakota High School All-Star football game Wednesday night.

The Red shut down the run, did not allow an offensive touchdown and led from start to finish at Swisher Field.

The Blue unit rushed for a grand total of just 10 yards during the contest was never able to sustain a consistent ground attack.

Meanwhile, the Red team had one of the state's elite weapons in its backfield in the form of Caden Quintanilla. The first time the Sioux Falls Lincoln standout touched the ball, he produced a highlight reel 27-yard touchdown as he stopped on a dime, cut back and went untouched into the end zone. That gave the Red a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.

"I was waiting for my first carry and as soon as I got it, I just knew I had to do everything I can, because I don't know how many carries I'm going to get," Quintanilla said. "I just made the most of it."

Quintanilla, who led Lincoln to the Class 11AAA state championship last fall, appeared to be bottled up along the sideline before he broke free and it was all over.

Quintanilla is headed to Augustana and Brody Peterson, of Lemmon, is bound for Mary and both schools play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Red pushed its lead to 14-0 late in the first half. Yankton's J.J. Hejna went up and hauled in a 34-yard strike from quarterback Brady Harkless, of Hot Springs, to set up the Red inside the Blue 10-yard line. Two plays later Harkless spotted Asher Pikula, of Rapid City Central, in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

A big defensive play got the Blue back into the game in the third period.

Tyler Kleinsasser of Huron tipped a pass that went right to Kirby Hora of Sioux Falls Roosevelt who returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit in half.

While the Red won and the Blue lost, players from both sides were all smiles as they posed for pictures following the all-star experience.

"It was an amazing week," Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Kirby Hora said. "I want to do it again if I could. I would do anything to have it again."

Red 0 14 7 3 — 24

Blue 0 0 7 0 — 7

Red — Caden Quintanilla 27 run (Ethan James kick), 10:46.

Red — Asher Pikula 2 pass from Brady Harkless (James kick), 1:27.

Blue — Kirby Hora 20 pass interception return (Jakob Weisbrod kick), 7:07.

Red — Jake Oberpriller 8 run (James kick), :11.

Red — James 44 field goal, 2:03.

Offensive Statistics: Red rushing 32-104 (Quintanilla 6-40, Cody Majeres 4-13, Pikula 2-13, Oberpriller 4-12, Chandlier Sudbeck 3-9, Jesse Trueblood 1-8, Harkless 5-6, Nick Gortmaker 2-2, Riley Hanson 1-1, Chase Glazier 4-0), passing 12-19-0 for 165 (Glazier 5-7-0 for 91, Harkless 7-12-0 for 74), receiving (Drew Cookson 3-50, Jacob Henderson 3-38, J.J. Hejna 1-34, Trevor Anderson 3-19, Quintanilla 1-11, Pikula 2-6), 15 first downs; Blue rushing 27-10 (Lucas Ching 6-12, Rush Milne 5-9, Austin Borah 3-7, Dalton Cox 3-5, Brayden Hilton 1-2, Lucas Morrison 1-1, A.J. Garrow 2-minus 1, Jacob Giles 6-minus 23), passing 9-25-2 for 125 (Giles 6-16-1 for 109, Ching 3-9-1 for 16), receiving (Austin Meester 4-69, Garrow 3-47, Hilton 2-9), 8 first downs.

Defensive Leaders: Red, Brody Peterson 5 tackles (2 for loss), Adam Holmstrom 4 tackles, Steven McKee 4 tackles (1 for loss), Blake Stone 3 tackles and 1 interception, Riley Scherr 1 interception; Blue, Kirby Hora 6 tackles and 1 interception, Brock Reinhiller 4 tackles, Dakota Bodden 4 tackles.