DEAL: Takeaways from Week 2 of prep football
We’re two weeks into the high school football season and as we continue to decipher contenders vs. pretenders, here are some takeaways after two weeks of the season:
Winner makes early statement
There was plenty of hype entering last Friday’s Winner vs. St. Thomas More showdown in Winner. But the Warriors turned the highly-anticipated Class 11B contest into a rout.
The then-No. 3 Warriors defeated then-No. 2 St. Thomas More, 46-20. The Warriors, who racked up 417 total yards, opened up a 38-0 halftime lead on their way to the convincing victory.
Winner smothered STM’s quarterback Ryder Kirsch, who had seven touchdown passes the previous week, but threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns against the Warriors.
Winner (2-0) has outscored its opponents by a 90-26 margin and is already proving it will once again be in the Class 11B hunt. The No. 2 Warriors play Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central on Friday in Wessington Springs.
Kimball/White Lake starts 2-0 under Huether
The Kenny Huether era is off and running at Kimball/White Lake.
The WiLdKats defeated Lyman 50-14 last Friday and opened the season with a 44-6 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian. KWL’s first-string offense has scored 11 touchdowns through its first 11 possessions under Huether.
Huether, who replaced long-time coach Dale Taylor in the offseason, was previously the head coach at Iroquois and Hitchcock-Tulare. He guided Iroquois to the 2006 Class 9B title, while Hitchcock-Tulare played in three straight Class 9B championships under Huether from 2008-10. The Patriots won the 2009 state title.
Huether inherited last year’s Class 9AA runner-up. The WiLdKats graduated nine seniors, but they return a trio of players that have powered the 2-0 start.
Quarterback/linebacker Nolan Kirsch, running back/linebacker Rafe Kiehn and tight end/defensive end Justin Becker give KWL three dynamic players on both sides of the ball.
KWL is No. 5 in this week’s Class 9A poll and it plays at Parkston on Friday.
Bon Homme’s run to the Class 9AA championship last season included a 43-14 win over No. 1 seed Wolsey-Wessington in the semifinals. That was after the Warbirds defeated the Cavaliers, 38-36, in double overtime during the regular season meeting.
They will lock horns again at 7 p.m. on Friday in Wolsey. It will be the lone meeting between the teams this season as Wolsey-Wessington dropped down to 9B this season.
Both teams sport 2-0 records and are ranked in the latest polls. Bon Homme is No. 1 in 9AA and Wolsey-Wessington is No. 3 in 9B.