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Watching Mitchell safety Jed Schmidt roam the defensive backfield early in the season, it's hard to imagine that the 5-foot-11 senior hasn't played football in the past five years. Schmidt joined the Mitchell High School football team for his senior season after not competing in the sport since he was in the seventh grade. And in his return to the sport, he's has made an instant impact on the improved Kernel defense.
In his second year with the Iowa Hawkeyes football team, Brady Reiff has got his first taste of Division I FBS football. Reiff, a Parkston native, is listed as a defensive lineman for the No. 13 ranked Hawkeyes, who face North Dakota State University at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. He redshirted for the Hawkeyes a year ago. In both of Iowa's blowout wins over Miami (Ohio) and Iowa State, Reiff has participated but hasn't recorded any defensive stats.
WATERTOWN—It's been 25 years since the Mitchell High School football won a game in Watertown. The drought ended on Friday night. Backed by a stout defense and another stellar performance by Spencer Neugebauer, the No. 2-ranked Mitchell Kernels outlasted the Watertown Arrows 17-7 at Watertown Stadium. According the MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde, it was Mitchell's first win over the Arrows in Watertown since 1991.
Seth Paulson can kick the ball. And depending on the sport, he can put it between the uprights or in the back of the net. The Mitchell High School senior is competing for the both the Kernel football team and the boys soccer team this season. He's a kicking Kernel and when he's on the football field, the objective is kick the ball over the goal post and in soccer, he needs to kick the ball under the goal post. So far this season, Paulson has been excelling at both.
Finding a defensive identity was a high priority for the Mitchell High School football team this season. Two games into the 2016 season, the Kernel defense has made its mark. In three out of four halves, Mitchell has only allowed six points. The Kernels also recorded a shutout in the first half against Harrisburg and the second half against Yankton. Playing fast, aggressive and together, Mitchell's defense has proven it can give opposing offenses headaches.
Normally, seeing a red card on the soccer field is a bad thing. In the Mitchell High School girls soccer team's game against Huron today at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex in Mitchell—red is encouraged.
If the cross-country season is a race, the Mitchell Christian boys and girls cross-country teams are off to a fast start. After the team's first four meets of the season, the Golden Eagles have had winners at each event they have competed in. The success continued again on Wednesday as Alec Nelson won the boys varsity race and Adaya Plastow won the girls varsity race at the Freeman Academy Invite in Freeman.
All gas, no brake. That's the motto the Mitchell High School football team wanted to establish for the 2016 season, and on Friday night, against the two-time defending Class 11AA state champions, the Kernels lived up to their motto. No. 3 Mitchell throttled No. 1 Yankton 35-6 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference clash at Joe Quintal Field. "It was a good a team effort all around and we're a better football team than we were a week ago," MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "We want to get better each week and we want to play our style of football."
Schedules—every high school football team in South Dakota has one. But what goes into creating some of the most important Friday nights in the fall? In short, more than one would think. Unlike many surrounding states, all of South Dakota's prep football schedules are created and released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The SDHSAA took over scheduling process more than 20 years ago because too many schools across the state weren't able to put together a full schedule on their own.
After suffering what players and coaches called a "disappointing" loss to Harrisburg in the Kernel Bowl, the Mitchell High School football team has its eyes set on bouncing back. Searching for its first win of the 2016 season, Mitchell will look to jump start its campaign with win against Yankton—the two-time defending Class 11AA state champions. In hopes of providing that spark, Mitchell will make a change at quarterback.