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PLATTE -- A low fluttering spiral skipped off the frozen field and into Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian's tailback Thad Campbell's arms. The incomplete pass from quarterback Jordan Johnson late in the fourth quarter finished the Black Panthers' season and crushed any hopes of a mira-cle come back. PGDC suffered its first and only loss of the season Satur-day night to Tri-Valley, 18-0, on a cold 11B semifinal game. Tri-Valley used a strong running game on the game's first possession, and scored on a 15-play, 81-yard drive.
Rain, snow, go away. Semi-final playoff high school football is on Saturday. A winter-like storm moved into South Dakota early this week, causing possible conflicts with semifinal football matchups across the state. Two of the matchups most affected by the weather are the 11A Winner versus St. Thomas More game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Winner, and the 9AA game scheduled for 3 p.m.
A fresh start to the Kernels' volleyball season is served today, as Mitchell travels to Pierre for a first-round District 3AA matchup against the Governors. Mitchell split the regular season meetings with Pierre, defeating the Governors in Pierre on Sept. 5, then losing in four games 13 days later in the Mitchell High School gymnasium. The third matchup will be different for Mitchell, because one of the Kernels' senior players went down with a season-ending injury in the middle of the year. Middle-hitter Ashley Dorale tore her left ACL in a game against Brookings on Sept.
PLATTE -- Black Panthers' quarterback Jordan Johnson took the snap on third down, guarded the ball with his life and used every muscle in his body to push just a little further. With the clock ticking under a minute in the fourth quarter, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian needed one last first down to seal a 15-13 victory over Dakota Valley. Johnson pushed and drove with his head down gaining a few more yards on a second effort. It was simple 5-yard gain. The referees called for a measurement. The field was silent.
The Kernels volleyball team was faced with a daunting task in its final regular season game. Head coach Deb Thill said throughout the season she hoped her team would be playing its best volleyball at the end of the year. The daunting task: Mitchell being on top of its game against the state's No. 1-ranked team in Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The Kernels have certainly had stronger matches against other top-tier teams, but during the third game of the match, the team showed flashes of its best play. "We've seen some flashes of our best volleyball," Thill said.
PLATTE -- The Black Panthers' dominant defense was perfect in the team's first round victory over Bon Homme Tuesday night in a high school football game.
PARKSTON -- Trojans quarterback David Maxwell wasn't about to end his final high school football game with a loss. With the score tied at 20 and a minute remaining on the clock, Maxwell put together a two-play, no-huddle drive which resulted in a 53-yard touchdown strike to Chance Roth with 20 seconds remaining on the clock. Parkston defeated a one-loss Howard team, and ended its two-win season on a high note. "Not many teams get to end their seasons like we did," Maxwell said.
To Kernels' head coach Deb Thill, it was a typical Huron versus Mitchell volleyball match Friday night. The Kernels came back to win 16-14 in the fifth game, after giving up a two game lead in the match. "It was such a battle going to five games," Thill said. "Everyone has been talking about how good Huron has been playing at the end of the season." Scores of the match were 25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 20-25 and 16-14. Mitchell defeated Huron on Oct.
WAGNER -- Wagner defensive back Solomon St. Pierre did everything he could to frustrate Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian quarterback Jordan Johnson and dismiss the Black Panthers' perfect season. St. Pierre intercepted Johnson five times in the game, twice in the first quarter, once in the second quarter and added two more in the third quarter. Unfortunately for Wagner, Johnson said he has a short memory. PDGC's quarterback shook off his turnover prone night and scored the eventual game-winning touchdown from one yard out early in the fourth quarter. "St.
Although four area football teams remain undefeated entering the final day of the regular season, the head coaches of each of those teams agree it doesn't matter what they've accomplished so far if they don't make it to the Dome. Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian, Lyman, Hanson and Menno have put together impressive, undefeated seasons this year, and when their records are combined, they are an amazing 49-0. Currently, PGDC is ranked No.1 in 11B, Lyman is No. 2 is 9AA, and Hanson is No. 1 in 9B while Menno is No.