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For the third straight week, the Mitchell High School football team had a lead of 14 points or more. They were 1-1 in those first two games. And despite a 14-0 first-quarter lead for Mitchell, the Yankton Bucks made sure they were on the winning end of their Eastern South Dakota Conference battle with the Kernels Friday. The second half was all Yankton, as quarterback Ethan Wishon dissected the Kernel defense to the tune of 374 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 upset of No. 2 Mitchell.
After dropping the first game of the season, the Mitchell High School football team bounced back last Friday against Brookings and showed why it was projected as the top dog in Class 11AA heading into the season. Tonight, the No. 2 Kernels look to continue that momentum with a matchup against Yankton. A balanced attack Mitchell ran for 430 yards at Brookings and it was a well-balanced attack, as Drew Kitchens finished with 163 yards and a touchdown, Carson Max produced 124 yards and two scores, while Kiel Nelson had 91 yards and a touchdown.
Mitchell High School's football team may have put an emphasis on developing its passing attack during the offseason, but the identity of the program is still as a run-dominant offense. Fans in attendance at Dykhouse Stadium last Friday against Brookings were witnesses as the Kernels ran the ball on 60 of their 68 offensive plays and piled up 430 rushing yards, including a bruising fourth-quarter drive, punctuated by a Carson Max 24-yard touchdown run to seal the game.
KIMBALL—Kimball/White Lake lineman Bo Donald has established himself as dominant force in the South Dakota 9-man football ranks. Now the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder has made a decision on where he intends to play at the next level. Donald recently announced his commitment to play for South Dakota State University next fall via Twitter. The choice came down to just two schools—North Dakota State University and SDSU—although he says Wyoming has shown interest recently. In the end, the Jackrabbits felt like the right choice for him.
FORESTBURG—Sanborn Central High School hosts two football games this fall and fans in attendance will see a new setup. The school has purchased new bleachers for fans during Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central games. Since the football program moved to Class 11B, Sanborn Central felt it needed to upgrade its seating or host all of the football games at Wessington Springs going forward. The new seating and expanded press box debuted Friday in the Blackhawks' loss to Mount Vernon/Plankinton.
BROOKINGS—After giving up 33 points in the fourth quarter in the first game of the season, Mitchell High School was determined to rebound on Friday night against Brookings. The Kernels opened up a three-touchdown lead late in the third quarter for the second week in a row, but back-to-back touchdowns by the Bobcats in the fourth quarter almost made it feel like Groundhog Day.
After unraveling in late in last Saturday's season opener against Watertown, No. 2 Mitchell High School is set to get back in the saddle today at No. 4 Brookings for its first Class 11AA game of the season. The Kernels have taken the last three installments in the series with the Bobcats, but Brookings may be on the upswing after edging Yankton in the first game of the season, 24-23. Short memories
When a team allows 40 unanswered points in a little more than a quarter like Mitchell High School did in last Saturday's 40-19 loss to Watertown, the blame is not singular. The Kernels had breakdowns in a variety of areas late in the game, including special teams and on offense. On defense, the Arrows pierced Mitchell with its passing game with four touchdown passes during that span.
Everything was going according to plan for the Mitchell High School football team in Saturday night's Kernel Bowl against Watertown at newly updated Joe Quintal Field. With 2:41 left in the third quarter, Carson Max plunged across the goal line for a one-yard touchdown run, capping an 83-yard drive in which the Kernels imposed their will to take a 19-0 lead.
The third annual Kernel Bowl has finally arrived as Mitchell High School is set to open its 2018 football season tonight against Watertown at the newly renovated Joe Quintal Field. After dropping the inaugural Kernel Bowl to Harrisburg, Mitchell won last year’s contest against Brookings, 21-7. Watertown pays a visit this time around, looking to snap a four-game losing streak to the Kernels, which included its first home loss to Mitchell since 1991 in last year’s season-opener.