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After failing to score a touchdown six days ago, it only took three plays for the Mitchell High School football team accomplish that feat on Thursday. The fast start by the No. 3-ranked Kernels was emblematic of the entire contest, as Mitchell cruised to a 41-0 over the Spearfish Spartans in the Class 11AA regular season finale at Joe Quintal Field. Mitchell improved to 6-3 and will host a first round playoff game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Joe Quintal Field. Spearfish fell to 2-7 and as of late Thursday, appeared to be the odd team out in the 11AA playoffs.
Coming off back-to-back narrow losses to Pierre and Harrisburg, the Mitchell High School football team has plenty to prove in its regular season finale against Spearfish. The No. 3-ranked Kernels (5-3) host the Spartans (2-6) at 7 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field and are looking to get back to their winning ways before the postseason begins. "We have a lot to prove and to show everyone that we know what we're doing," Mitchell offensive lineman Tegan Alm said. "The last two games, we haven't really done that. On offense, we just have to execute."
WINNER — As an eighth-grader, Sidda Schuyler is steadily becoming one of the state's top girls cross country runners. In the sport of long distance running, success goes hand-in-hand with work ethic. But as Winner Area head coach Jayd Schuyler noted, hard work needs to be self-driven. It can't be coached into a runner.
Colome, Gregory and Winner are all familiar with the road to the DakotaDome. Last year, three teams separated by 27 miles along U.S. Highway 18 in south central South Dakota took the state by storm and the Cowboys, Gorillas and Warriors each claimed a state championship. As the 2017 playoffs begin, all three schools are in contention to defend their titles, but each enters the postseason in different scenarios.
As the regular season comes to close on Thursday, the Mitchell High School football team is officially looking upward in the Class 11AA race.
MINNEAPOLIS—In front of an announced crowd of 66,848, Riley Reiff was the first Minnesota Viking starter announced before Sunday's showdown with the Green Bay Packers. The Parkston native and former Iowa Hawkeye received a well-deserved roar from the fans as he raced onto the field. And while he may not show it often, on or off the field, Reiff is enjoying living a childhood dream.
MINNEAPOLIS—No Sam Bradford, no Dalvin Cook, no Stefon Diggs, no Nick Easton, no problem for the Minnesota Vikings offense. At least that was the case Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Showing off its depth, Minnesota totaled 24 first downs and 351 yards of offense in a 23-10 NFC North victory over the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in the first quarter after a hit by Anthony Barr. As injuries plagued the Packers, the Vikings exhibited the importance of deep rosters in the NFL.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Letting his game do the talking, Riley Reiff is thriving as a Minnesota Viking. Six games into the 2017 regular season and roughly eight months after signing a five-year, $58.75 million contract, Reiff continues to showcase his talents that made him a household name in South Dakota.
HARRISBURG -- The Mitchell High School football team took a step backwards on Friday. Controversy surrounded the lone touchdown scored in the Class 11AA state championship rematch, but the No. 2 Kernels doomed themselves for the second straight week with turnovers and penalties. The Mitchell mistakes made the difference in the Eastern South Dakota Conference defensive battle as No. 3 Harrisburg earned a 7-3 victory at Tiger Stadium in Harrisburg.
For the Mitchell High School football team, there's no better time to put together a complete performance than in a rematch of last year's Class 11AA state championship. The No. 2-ranked Kernels, who saw their 14-game win streak against Class 11AA opponents snapped in a 14-7 loss to Pierre last week, are focused on playing their best football against No. 3 Harrisburg (4-3) at 7 p.m. today in Harrisburg.