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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.
PLATTE -- Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian's starting tailback had his number called four times in the first half of Friday's game against McCook Central. He made every run worth it. PGDC's Thad Campbell had four touchdowns on only four carries. These weren't just punch it in from a yard or two out, either. He accumulated 179 total rushing yards, as he galloped to the end zone again and again, and again and again. "Everything just came into place," Campbell said. "We just didn't make too many mistakes." The Black Panthers are currently ranked No.
Five of the Rapid City Central volleyball team's starters are six feet or taller. Mitchell's roster has none. The Cobblers used their height advantage Friday night to sweep the Kernels 3-0 in the Mitchell High School gymnasium. "I love my kids to death, but I wish they would have drank more Miracle-Gro when they were younger," Mitchell head coach Deb Thill said jokingly. "We don't match up against tall teams very well." Rapid City Central started game one with a 4-0 run, and never looked back throughout the match.
The Dakota Wesleyan and Mitchell High school volleyball teams are teaming up Saturday to support breast cancer awareness. Dig Pink is the breast cancer awareness rally held across the nation, with almost 800 teams participating from high school to the college level, for the Side-Out Foundation. The Side-Out Foundation supports professionals in pursuit of solutions for people with breast cancer to regain control of their lives and helping them live it to the fullest. The Mitchell High School team will be wearing pink socks, pink head bands and the libero of the evening, Taylor Pi