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Blackhawks rally past Titans

WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central scored the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds to play as the Blackhawks edged an upset-minded Mount Vernon/Plankinton squad 13-10 in Class 11B playoff action on Thursday.

Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central's John Witte (7) and Logan Wolter (28) bring down Mount Vernon/Plankinton quarterback Hayden Haak on Thursday in Wessington Springs. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central's John Witte (7) and Logan Wolter (28) bring down Mount Vernon/Plankinton quarterback Hayden Haak on Thursday in Wessington Springs. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

WESSINGTON SPRINGS - Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central scored the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds to play as the Blackhawks edged an upset-minded Mount Vernon/Plankinton squad 13-10 in Class 11B playoff action on Thursday.

The deciding score came on a fourth down and goal at the MVP 3-yard line with W/WS/SC quarterback Trent Kingsbury finding Trey Weber.

"(Coach) called a great play, setting up a crossing route," Kingsbury said of the last play. "Trey and I have made some plays the last couple of weeks and I trust him."

The pass play came to be a few weeks ago, according to Blackhawk coach Jason Kolousek.

"That's a play we came up with at the end of the half against Stanley County," Kolousek said. "It was just a little sprint that gave Trent the option to run or pass."

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The first half was a tough, defensive battle by both teams and they both had their chances. MVP's Jesse Hastings raced 90 yards for a touchdown early in the opening quarter only to see it erased by a chop block penalty. The Titans had a long touchdown pass called back in the second quarter by offensive pass interference.

After John Witte scored on a 56-yard run, the Blackhawks intercepted a Titan pass and looked to pad their lead. But after driving to the MVP 24-yard line, the W/WS/SC drive sputtered and the Titans took over the ball on downs.

The Blackhawks opened the second half with a drive to the MVP 38-yard line only to turn the ball over on a fumble. From there, the Titans drove to W/WS/SC 10-yard line. After a holding penalty on the Titans, W/WS/SC's Witte intercepted a MVP pass at their own 4-yard line.

On third down Kingsbury was sacked in the end zone for a safety and the Titans trailed 7-2 going into the final quarter.

Another Blackhawk turnover gave MVP good field position at the W/WS/SC 43-yard line. This time the Titans took advantage. With 10 minutes and 8 seconds to play, Jesse Hastings scored from six yards out. The two-point run by Hastings was good and MVP had its first lead of the contest at 10-7.

"This was great high school football game," MVP coach Brent Olson said. "I told the kids, I haven't heard pads pop like they did in the fourth quarter for a long time. It was two teams going after each other."

With six minutes it looked like W/WS/SC was going to take the lead, but Witte fumbled at the goalline and the Titans recovered-setting up the exciting finish.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Kolousek said. "We didn't help ourselves with the

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turnovers and it just about killed us. Somehow we survived all those turnovers."

Witte led the Blackhawks with 29 carries for 210 yards. Jordan Hines led the Blackhawk defense with nine tackles. W/WS/SC rushed for 221 yards and added 43 passing for 269 total yards to go along with four turnovers.

The Titans were led by Hastings, who had 15 carries for 54 yards rushing. Haden Haak was 8-for-20 passing for 89 yards. MVP had 125 yards rushing along with 89 yards passing for 241 total yards. Thomas Baker had 10 tackles for the Titan defense.

W/WS/SC improved to 8-1 on the year and will host a second-round game on Thursday, while MVP ends its season at 5-4.

Scoring summary

Second Quarter

WWSSC: John Witte 56 run (Witte kick)

Third quarter

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MVP: Safety

Fourth quarter

MVP: Jesse Hastings 6 run (Hastings run)

WWSSC: Trey Weber 3 pass from Trent Kingsbury (kick fail)

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