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"Use the run to open up the pass" is a common phrase often heard in football. It may be more than a coincidence that the majority of teams playing in the South Dakota state championship games this week also go by that mantra. "I think the running game has to be strong here because the weather is an issue," Colome head coach Kevin Keiser said.
COLOME -- Andrew Odden was at a loss for words. The Colome High School senior running back finished with 156 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and helped the Cowboys (10-1) punch their ticket to the state title game when they defeated Viborg -Hurley (8-3) 52-36 Saturday night in the semifinals of the 9B state playoffs.
For the better part of two years, the Canistota High School football team (10-0) has not tasted defeat. The Hawks have won state championships in both 9B in 2010 and 9A in 2011 and have plans on adding a third title to their trophy cabinet. They're also riding a 34-game win streak. In order to get the opportunity to play for the 9A state championship again, Canistota will have to defeat Arlington (9-1) today at 6 p.m. in a state semifinal game at home.
When the Dakota Wesleyan University football team takes the field against Nebraska Wesleyan, there may finally be an answer to an age-old question: Does good offense beat good defense or is it the other way around? The Tigers (5-3 overall, 4-3 conference) play their final road game of the year at 1 p.m. today in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup against NWU (4-4, 3-4 conference) in Lincoln, Neb.
Behind the hot hand of junior forward Kim Johnson, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team eked out a 74-72 win over Mayville State University in its season-opener Friday night at the Corn Palace. Johnson, who was named the MVP of the Fulton State Bank Classic game, struggled in the first half of the game, going 3-for-10 from the field. But she kept shooting and eventually regained her form, finishing the night with 30 points on 13-of-26 shooting.
With a 16-1overall record last season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team recorded its first winning season in three years. This season, the team has set its sights on cracking the National Association Intercollegiate Athletics top 25. 5 DWU women's basketball head coach Jason Christensen said consistency will be important if the Tigers want to make an appearance atop the polls.
HOWARD -- Formations like the spread, the one back and the pro set are seen each and every Saturday and Sunday, but in Howard, there is only one that is a necessity -- the Wing-T. "We have been running Wing-T in Howard for close to 20 years," said Howard head football coach Pat Ruml, who has used the offense ever since taking the helm four years ago. "We teach it to our third, fourth and fifth-graders, and by the time they get to high school, they already know it." The offense itself is designed to use misdirection and deception in order to catch opposing defenses off balance.
KIMBALL -- Howard punched its ticket to the next round of the 9AA state playoffs Monday night with a 38-34 upset over previously unbeaten Kimball/White Lake. "It's a huge win and Kimball White Lake is an unbelievable team," said Howard head coach Pat Ruml, whose team advances to play Clark/Willow Lake in the semifinals Saturday on the road. Howard, the class's eighth seed in the 9AA playoffs, got the victory over top-seeded Kimball/White Lake behind a sophomore's enormous rushing attack.