Burke powers to home football victory over Corsica-Stickney

Cougars tally 42 first-half points, 547 total yards

Burke receiver Bryce Frank (11) turns up field as teammate Gunnar Stephens blocks Corsica-Stickney's Carter Wright during a nine-man high school football game Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Burke. Frank scored on a touchdown on the reception. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

BURKE — After an opening Corsica-Stickney touchdown, Burke scored 49 straight points to control a nine-man football contest Thursday night, with the Cougars winning 61-18 at Tolstedt Field.

Ben Witt was 6-for-8 passing for 160 yards and two passing touchdowns and had 93 yards rushing, including a 69-yard touchdown run. Taron Serr had 58 yards rushing, three rushing touchdowns, an interception and five tackles. Sawyer Tietgen, Jackson Bauld and Gentry Bartling all had touchdowns, with Bauld rushing for 73 yards, Bartling for 56 and Tietgen for 52 yards. The Cougars finished with 547 yards of total offense, including 387 yards rushing on 33 carries and 22 first downs.

Bryce Frank was on the receiving end of both Witt touchdown passes, and had three catches for 69 yards. Brogan Glover had 67 receiving yards, and had an interception on defense. Frank added six tackles and Mason Hood had five tackles and blocked a punt for the Cougars.

Burke quarterback Ben Witt (5) carries the football and prepares to handoff to running back Taron Serr (23) during a nine-man high school football game against Corsica-Stickney Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Burke. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)


For Corsica-Stickney, Carter Wright had 64 yards rushing and a touchdown, plus 51 yards receiving and a touchdown reception from Shad Bosma, who was 6-for-15 passing for 81 yards and Tyson Wentland throwing for 73 yards. Cole Feenstra had three catches for 93 yards for the Jaguars, with Tate Tolsma rushing for a touchdown and making seven tackles in the game. The Jaguars finished with 279 yards, with 154 through the air.

Burke (4-3) hosts Gayville-Volin on Oct. 15, while Corsica-Stickney (1-6) will host Centerville in Corsica on Oct. 15.

One other notable score from Thursday's high school football action included Class 9A No. 1 De Smet staying undefeated with a convincing win over challenger Castlewood, with the Bulldogs winning 60-7.

Corsica-Stickney's Caden VanDrongelen carries the football as Burke's Ben Witt (5) closes in for a tackle during a nine-man high school football game Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Burke. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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