Area football roundup: Pride cruises to home victory over Eagles

Canistota/Freeman cruises to Cornbelt Conference victory over Irene-Wakonda on Friday.

Action from the Canistota/Freeman Pride's homecoming game against Irene-Wakonda on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 in Freeman. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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FREEMAN — Potent offense and tough defense carried Canistota/Freeman to a 50-0 home victory over Irene-Wakonda in Cornbelt Conference play Friday afternoon. The game ended in the fourth quarter on the 50-point rule.

Isiah Robertson scored five touchdowns for the Pride (three receiving and two rushing) in the win. Robertson caught three scores of 25, 32 and 39 yards from quarterback Tage Ortman, who threw four touchdown passes in the first half to put C/F up 30-0. Robertson finished with three catches for 96 yards, all going for scores and had 126 yards of total offense in the game. Noah Kleinsasser rushed 11 times for 100 yards and Ortman was 5-for-13 passing for 106 yards and the four touchdowns. Brady Scott had a rushing touchdown for the Pride and Will Ortman had a five-yard touchdown catch.

Dawson Johnke had nine tackles for the Eagles, who had Dashel Spurrell lead the team in rushing with 44 yards on nine carries.

Canistota/Freeman (4-3) hosts Hanson on Oct. 8 in Canistota, while Irene-Wakonda (0-6) hosts Chester Area in Irene.

Platte-Geddes 28, Bon Homme 0

PLATTE — Three passing touchdowns from Dawson Hoffman helped Platte-Geddes to a home win over a fellow Class 9AA for Friday night.


Hoffman was 6-for-10 passing for 127 yards in the game, finding Trevor Rolland, Grayson Hanson and Chase Varilek for touchdown passes. Jackson Neuman also caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Hanson in the win. Hanson finished the game with 93 yards on 11 carries, with Neuman rushing 13 times for 60 yards. Varilek finished with a game-high 11 tackles for the Black Panthers, and Joey Baas had two sacks.

Riley Rothschadl was 12-for-29 passing for 43 yards and Isaac Crownover had 83 yards on 13 carries for the Cavaliers. Crownover added 7 1/2 tackles on defense, as well. Platte-Geddes outgained Bon Homme 351-140 in the game.

Platte-Geddes (5-1) will travel to Gregory on Oct. 8. Bon Homme (2-4) heads to Viborg-Hurley on Oct. 8.

Avon 50, Colome 14

AVON — A 38-point first half for Avon helped the Pirates to a home win over Colome and a 6-0 record in a nine-man showdown Friday.

The Pirates primarily focused on rushing, seeing nine different players record carries. Jaden Stahl tallied 10 carries for 95 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, while Riley Rucktaeschel rushed seven times for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Rucktaeschel also was 2-for-3 passing, recording 64 yards through the air and a touchdown. Additionally for the Pirates, Paxton Bierema and Kley Heumiller both had rushing touchdowns, Lincoln Thury caught a touchdown pass, and Brady Bierema scored a pick-six interception touchdown.

For Colome, Eli Vobr threw 96 scores, going 7-for-13, and ran 11 times to pick up 65 yards and a 36-yard touchdown on the ground. Bill Looking Cloud had three receptions and 57 yards. Jonah Musser picked up the second touchdown for the Cowboys in the third quarter on a six yard rush.

Avon (6-0) travels to Centerville on Oct. 8. Colome (1-5) hosts Gayville-Volin on Oct. 8.

Winner 32, WWSSC 0

WESSINGTON SPRINGS — The Winner Warriors blanked Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central to earn a 32-0 road win in a Class 11B high school football matchup Friday night.


Warrior running back Kaden Keiser took the ball to the endzone three times, tallying 107 yards on 13 carries, breaking open a game that was 8-0 at halftime. Joey Cole added a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Riley Orel had 65 yards rushing on nine carries for Winner.

WWSSC’s Clay Olinger picked up 97 yards on 19 rushes, while recording seven tackles. Carter Grohs added 42 rushing yards on 12 carries. Winner outgained the Blackhawks 320-154 in a game that had no turnovers.

Winner (7-0) will host Miller/Highmore-Harrold on Saturday, Oct. 9, while WWSSC (4-2) travels to Rapid City Christian on Oct. 9.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton 28, Jim River 26

SCOTLAND — Mount Vernon/Plankinton slipped past Jim River in a tight Class 11B contest, running off the final four minutes off the clock to hold on to a two-point lead.

The Titans rushed the ball 52 times in the win. Reed Rus was responsible for 195 of MVP’s 296 yards, throwing for 105 yards on 4-for-8 and two passing touchdowns, while rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

For the Trappers, Dawson Bietz threw for 128 yards on 7-for-12 and one touchdown, connecting primarily with Auston Pillsbury, who tallied 87 yards and one touchdown on four receptions.

After a Jim River touchdown cut the Titan lead to only two points, MVP made its final drive last 3:57, running out the clock to secure the win.

MVP (6-1) travels to Wagner for a Saturday, Oct. 9 game, while Jim River (2-4) heads to Tripp on Oct. 8 to face TDAACDC.



LAKE ANDES — Cade Faulkner accounted for four total touchdowns to help the Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian football team to a Class 11B home victory over Miller/Highmore-Harrold Friday night.

Faulkner was 11-for-23 passing for 131 yards and two touchdowns, rushing 13 times for 47 yards and two more scores as well. Gavin Westondorf rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and Rizon Clark had a touchdown run. Trey Sparks had 56 yards receiving on three catches and a touchdown and made two interceptions on defense.

For the Rustlers, Trey Knox threw for 85 yards and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Werdel, while picking up a rushing touchdown. Tate Hoffman rushed 21 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. The Thunderhawks outgained MHH 268-158 in the game and forced three MHH turnovers.

TDAACDC (2-4) hosts Jim River on Oct. 8 in Tripp. MHH (2-5) travels to Winner for a Saturday, Oct. 9.

Hanson 22, Chester Area 20

CHESTER — Class 9AA No. 1-ranked Hanson walked out of Chester unbeaten after a last-second field goal missed the goalposts for the No. 4-ranked Flyers, resulting in a 22-20 win for the Beavers.

Hanson’s Hadley Wallace rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries, including a 48-yard rush to the endzone. Riley Haynes threw for 96 yards on 9-for-12 and recorded two touchdowns through the air for the Beavers.

Chester’s Ryan Benson scored a touchdown on a 95-yard kickoff return, while Stratton Eppard added 159 yards on 27 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Jovi Wolf tacked on 66 yards on eight receptions.

Hanson (6-0) hits the road to play Canistota/Freeman in Canistota on Oct. 8. Chester Area (4-2) travels to Irene-Wakonda on Oct. 8.

Wolsey-Wessington 28, Gregory 10

WOLSEY — Wolsey-Wessington maintained its winning record in Class 9A with a big win against Gregory in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Wolsey-Wessington’s Erik Klanchik rushed the ball 21 times for 126 yards, and Marty Gohn recorded 119 yards on 22 carries and scored all four touchdowns for the Warbirds. Keegan Haider had 10 tackles for W-W.

For Gregory, Rylan Peck passed for 163 yards and rushed for 71 yards. Coy Determan caught for 73 yards, and Kade Stukel received for 43 yards as well, scoring the only touchdown for Gregory. Trey Murray managed 13 tackles in the effort.

Wolsey-Wessington (4-2) travels to Kimball/White Lake on Oct. 8. Gregory (3-3) hosts Platte-Geddes on Oct. 8 in Gregory.

Alcester-Hudson 28, Burke 27

ALCESTER — A stop on a two-point conversion try lifted Alcester-Hudson to a thrilling nine-man football win over Burke on Friday night.

Burke’s Ben Witt found Brogan Glover for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining but the ensuing two-point run for the Cougars was stopped, giving the Cubs the one-point winning margin.

Jovey Christensen had another big night for the Cubs, rushing the ball 28 times to record 239 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Evan Brown scored on a fumble recovery and Mateo Kleinhans contributed a rushing touchdown for A-H.

Witt was 8-for-14 passing for 132 yards and rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown. Taron Serr ran the ball 22 times and had 103 yards, opening the scoring with a four-yard scoring rush. Receiver Bryce Frank contributed 102 yards on six receptions.

Burke (3-3) hosts Corsica-Stickney on Thursday, Oct. 7. Alcester-Hudson (3-3) will welcome Colome to Alcester on Oct. 15.

McCook Central/Montrose 54, Baltic 8

BALTIC —McCook Central/Montrose scored the first 44 points of the night to cruise to a Class 11B victory on the road Friday.

Gavin Gordon had three passing touchdowns, plus a rushing score in the game for MCM, with all three scoring strikes hitting Cody Miles, who finished with six catches for 138 yards. Gordon was 9-for-16 passing for 203 yards in the win. Trevor Hanson had a pair of touchdown runs, as part of a 75-yard rushing night. Jayden Doane added an eight-yard touchdown run as well, and Jackson Grady forced a safety on defense.

MCM (4-2) hits the road to face Parker on Oct. 8. Baltic (1-5) travels to Beresford on Oct. 8.

Beresford 23, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 7

BRIDGEWATER — Beresford provided the surprise of the night in Class 11B, never trailing and upsetting No. 2-ranked BEE. The Watchdogs scored the first 14 points of the game and kept the Seahawks off the scoreboard in the second half.

Peyton Fridrich rushed for three touchdowns and 130 yards on 32 carries for Beresford.

For BEE, Riley Endres caught a 15-yard touchdown from Kaden Klumb for the Seahawks’ only score of the night.

Beresford (4-2) hosts Baltic on Oct. 8, while BEE (4-2) travels to No. 4 Elk Point-Jefferson on Oct. 8.

Other area scores

Lyman 36, Kadoka Area 16 in Kadoka: Lyman kept a steady hand on the road coming out with a 36-16 win over Kadoka Area. Kadoka Area (3-3) plays at New Underwood on Oct. 8.

Lyman (5-1) hosts Philip in Presho on Oct. 8.

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