Heisinger, Parkston roll past Wagner
By OWEN REITZEL
PARKSTON —The Parkston Trojans played a complete offensive and defensive game to roll past the Wagner Red Raiders 38-8 in Class 11B first-round playoff action Tuesday in Parkston.
“Both sides of the ball played great tonight,” said Parkston coach Eric Norden after the game. “Defensively with the way the weather conditions were, we kept everything in the middle of the field, which is what we needed to do. We kept the big play from happening and we hustled to the ball.”
It took all of one play for the Trojans to grab the momentum as senior Mitch Heisinger raced 68 yards for a touchdown and Parkston led 7-0.
The Red Raider offensive was forced to punt and the Trojans got the ball on their own 36-yard line. On the ensuing drive, Parkston went on a 64-yard drive, which was capped by junior Wes Dvorak’s dive from 1 yard out. Dvorak’s extra point put the Trojans up 14-0 after the first quarter.
Parkston recovered a Wagner fumble just before the end of the opening quarter and proceeded to go on a 51-yard drive, which saw Dvorak score on a 6-yard touchdown run.
Red Raider senior David Kocer returned the ensuing kickoff to the Parkston 33-yard line and Wagner marched to the Trojan 8-yard line. Yet, a fourth-down pass fell incomplete and Parkston took over on downs.
The Trojans added to their lead in the second quarter when Heisinger ran for 64 yards and scored on the next play to give Parkston a 28-0 halftime lead.
Norden said Wagner’s passing game was stalled by the tough conditions.
“They like to get the ball in the air a little bit and their skill players can get from side to side really fast, but when it rains like this it takes a little bit away from that,” he said.
Wagner senior Dylan Brunsing was 2-of-16 for 38 yards and two interceptions, while Kocer led the Red Raiders with 92 yards on 17 carries, scoring Wagner’s lone touchdown.
Kocer also led the Red Raiders on defense with 12 tackles, followed by junior Trevor Lensing and senior Noah St. Pierre with seven tackles apiece and senior Brady Soulek with six tackles.
Heisinger led Parkston with nine carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Miles Semmler led the Trojan defense with four tackles. David Voorhees recorded four carries for 37 yards and Dvorak completed 2 of 2 passes for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Wagner coach Jason Knebel gave Parkston all the credit for the win.
“They are a good team and I’m not going to take anything away from Parkston,” he said. “They got the momentum going and we had a couple of miscues that caused some of those bigger plays, but Parkston played well tonight.
Parkston hosts Custer in a second-round game Monday, while Wagner ends its season 4-5.
P: Mitch Heisinger 68 run (Wes Dvorak kick)
P: Dvorak 1 run (Dvorak kick)
P: Dvorak 6 run (Dvorak kick)
P: Heisinger 40 run (Dvorak kick)
P: Lane Konrad 14 pass from Dvorak (Dvorak kick)
P: Dvorak 30 field goal
W: David Kocer 4 run (conversion good)