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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.
Holding onto the ball in practice is a major focus for the Mitchell High School football team every week. But for the second time this season, Mitchell was burned by fumbling the ball away and costly turnovers. Those giveaways hampered the Kernels' chances against Pierre in a 14-7 home loss on Friday, the second time this season MHS has had three lost fumbles. The other came in a 45-7 loss to Sioux Falls Washington Sept. 15 in Mitchell.
CORSICA—The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars know all too well the road to the DakotaDome isn't a smooth one—especially for an undefeated team. After falling short in the semifinals the past two seasons and losing 10 seniors from a team that fell one point short of reaching the Class 9B championship game last year, the Jaguars have reloaded. Corsica-Stickney enters the final week of the regular season at 7-0, the last undefeated team in Class 9A and the team with the most seed points (45.286).
AVON—Riding a six-game winning streak, the Avon Pirates are out to prove they won't be an easy out in Class 9A. Since dropping the season-opener 50-22 to No. 1 Corsica-Stickney, the Pirates have been on a roll. After scoring 22 points against the Jaguars, who have held teams to an average of 4.3 points per game since, Avon has powered past teams by averaging 47 points. With a roster of only 18 high school players, Avon head coach Tom Culver said his team responded well after the loss to Corsica-Stickney.
It came down to the last play, but the Mitchell High School football team couldn't shake a sluggish start. Three first half fumbles doomed the No. 1 Kernels in the first half and Pierre got just enough offense to hang on for a hard-fought 14-7 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory on Friday at Joe Quintal Field. The No. 2 Governors improve to 6-1 and 4-1 in the ESD, while the Kernels fell to 5-2 and 3-1 in the ESD.
Regardless of class, today's nine-man contest between Corsica-Stickney and Colome has all the ingredients for another classic. Two high-powered offenses will collide as unbeaten records, bragging rights and a conference title are all at stake when Class 9A No. 1 Corsica-Stickney (6-0) takes on Class 9B No. 2 Colome (6-0) at 7 p.m today in Colome.
There's a long list of what's at stake in the Class 11AA No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between the Mitchell High School football team and Pierre. The top seed for the Class 11AA playoffs is on the line, as well as becoming the frontrunner for the Eastern South Dakota Conference title. When the ball is kicked at 7 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field, MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said, most importantly, the Kernels can make a big statement about defending their state championship.
CORSICA -- Taylee Indahl recorded 14 kills, six digs, one block and one ace as Burke/South Central topped Corsica-Stickney 3-0 in a prep volleyball match on Thursday in Corsica. Set scores were 25-15, 25-23 and 25-9.