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Breaking down the South Dakota Prep Media football poll for week of Sept. 7

The top teams after three weeks of the high school football season

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Action between the Hanson Beavers and Irene-Wakonda Eagles on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 in Alexandria. (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)
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The South Dakota Prep Media football polls for the week of Sept. 7, 2021 are listed below, ranking the top-five teams in each class. First-place votes received are indicated in parentheses.

Class 11AAA

1. Harrisburg (21), 2-0, 113 points; 2. Brandon Valley (2), 2-0, 94; 3. O’Gorman, 1-1, 48; 4. SF Lincoln, 2-0, 42, 5. SF Jefferson, 1-1, 27.

New in the poll: Lincoln jumps in at No. 4 on the strength of a last-play victory over Watertown on Saturday.

Falling out: Roosevelt, which was No. 3 last week.

Others receiving votes: Stevens 12, Washington 6, Roosevelt 3.

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Class 11AA

1. Tea Area (18), 2-0, 107 points; 2. Pierre (5), 1-1, 90; 3. Aberdeen Central 2-0, 71; 4. Yankton, 1-1, 28; 5. Watertown, 1-1, 25.

On the move: Tea Area takes sole control of the No. 1 spot after tying with Yankton last week. Pierre moves up to No. 2, with Aberdeen Central in the poll for the first time this year at No. 3 after a 40-28 win over the Bucks.

Falling: Yankton drops to No. 4, with Watertown now in fifth. Brookings drops out despite a 42-0 win over Douglas, two points behind the Arrows.

Others receiving votes: Brookings 23, Mitchell 1.

Class 11A

1. Canton (21), 2-0, 113; 2. Madison (2), 2-0, 92; 3. Dell Rapids, 1-1, 48; 4. SF Christian, 2-0, 46; 5. Lennox, 2-0, 31.

New in the poll: Few changes in Class 11A, with only West Central falling out of the previous tie for fifth with Lennox.

Others receiving votes: West Central 9, Tri-Valley 3, Vermillion 3.

Class 11B

1. Winner (23), 3-0, 115; 2. Sioux Valley, 2-1, 78; 3. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 2-1, 76; 4. Aberdeen Roncalli, 3-0, 35; 5. Elk Point-Jefferson, 2-0, 24.

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New in the poll: The previous tie between Aberdeen Roncalli and Elk Point-Jefferson has been broken, with the Cavaliers fourth and the Huskies fifth.

Others receiving votes: Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central 9, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 5, McCook Central/Montrose 3.

Class 9AA

1. Platte-Geddes (23), 2-0, 115; 2. Hanson, 3-0, 88; 3. Garretson, 2-1, 45; 4. Chester Area, 3-0, 35; 5. Florence/Henry, 3-0, 24.

On the move: Aside from No. 1 Platte-Geddes for the fourth straight week, Hanson and Garretson both move up one spot in the poll and 3-0 Chester Area and Florence/Henry move into the polls.

Falling: Canistota/Freeman (1-2) is the first team out of the top-5 after a loss to Class 9A No. 2 Howard.

Others receiving votes: Canistota/Freeman 23, Lyman 6, Hamlin 4, Timber Lake 4, Ipswich 1.

Class 9A

1. De Smet (22), 3-0, 114; 2. Howard (1), 3-0, 91; 3. Herreid/Selby Area, 3-0, 56; 4. Wolsey-Wessington, 1-1, 42; 5. Wall, 3-0, 36.

On the move: Herreid/Selby Area and Wolsey-Wessington swapped spots, with the Wolverines climbing to No. 3 and the Warbirds sliding to No. 4.

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Others receiving votes: Kimball/White Lake 3, Castlewood 2, Kadoka Area 1.

Class 9B

1. Gayville-Volin (13), 2-0, 90; 2. Faulkton Area (1), 2-1, 71; 3. Harding Co./Bison (5) 1-1, 67; 4. Avon (3), 2-0, 43; 5. Sully Buttes, 2-1, 40.

On the move: The topsy-turvy nature of the Class 9B poll continues again this week, with Gayville-Volin up to the top slot after being third last week. Faulkton Area is now No. 2, up two slots, bumping Harding County/Bison down to No. 3. Five teams got first-place votes this week, including ranked newcomer Avon at No. 4 and Hitchcock-Tulare, which was the first team out.

Falling: Previous No. 1 Sully Buttes moves to No. 5 after a loss to Class 9AA Lyman.

Others receiving votes: Hitchcock-Tulare (1) 34.

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