Finally more football: Local teams line up tonight for quarterfinal round
The state playoffs continue today, with numerous area teams vying for a semifinal berth.
Here is a look at each matchup involving an area team.
MCM at Winner
WINNER -- Class 11B’s top seed Winner (8-0) will try to stay unbeaten and punch its ticket to the state semifinals at 6 p.m. today against McCook Central/Montrose (5-3). Both teams made the semifinal round a year ago.
Winner enters the game on the heels of back-to-back shutout wins, including a 40-0 rout of Garretson to open the playoffs. MCM squeaked past Stanley County, 22-14, to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Warriors once again rely on a strong run game, as it rushed for 268 yards against Garretson a week ago. Sam Kruger has 687 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this year and Evan Farner has rushed for seven scores. Winner has held all but one team to eight or fewer points this year.
MCM sports one of the most productive running backs in the state in Jacobi Krouse. He gained 105 yards on 24 carries against Stanley County, though his best performance came against Mount Vernon/Plankinton when he gained an 11-man record 421 yards and scored six times.
WWSSC at Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan
BRIDGEWATER -- Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan’s (9-0) road to defending its state championship continues at 7 p.m. against Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central (6-2). The Seahawks opened the playoffs with a 53-0 win over Lead-Deadwood, while WWSSC took down Sisseton, 33-0.
The Seahawks average 44.6 points per game and hold teams to 5.1 points per contest. Koby Kayser had 990 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, while seven of Kaden Klumb’s 11 touchdown throws have gone to Eric Gustafson. Bodie Burnham also had 784 rushing yards.
Clay Olinger paces WWSSC on the ground with 722 yards and six touchdowns. He’s topped 100 yards in each of the last three games, including 112 yards against Sisseton. Tryce Slykhuis has thrown for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Its defense has allowed six points in the past three weeks, and has held seven teams to six or fewer points this year.
Hanson at Platte-Geddes
PLATTE -- Platte-Geddes (9-0) has yet to drop a game this year, but Region 3B foe Hanson (7-2) stands in its way at 7 p.m. today.
The Black Panthers opened the playoffs with a 36-0 shutout win over Bon Homme. Hanson held off Parkston for a 34-22 home victory.
Kelby VanDerWerff has been Platte’s do-it-all quarterback with 876 passing yards and 19 total touchdowns (14 passing, 3 rushing, 2 receiving). Jackson Neuman (944 yards), Grayson Hanson (582) and Myles Kott (317) provide a three-headed rushing attack. Platte-Geddes has won by double-digits in all nine games, with its closest contest being a 34-24 win over Wolsey-Wessington.
The Beavers rebounded against Parkston after dropping their final two games of the regular season. Hadley Wallace continued his productive season with 91 rushing yards. Kade Waldera also threw for 65 yards. Jackson Jarding and Noah Price both had an interception on defense, while Brock Tuttle finished with 10 tackles.
Castlewood at Howard
HOWARD -- Howard (8-0) is trying to avoid a repeat after falling to Gregory in the quarterfinals last year. This time, the undefeated Tigers battle Castlewood (5-4) at 6 p.m. today. These teams met in Week 0, as Howard cruised to a 53-0 win.
Howard earned a 20-0 win over De Smet in the first round, while Castlewood upset Gregory, 32-14. It was the fourth shutout of the season -- and second of De Smet -- for Howard, which has yet to allow 20 points in a game.
Howard’s balanced attack showed against De Smet, as Lane Miller (96), Tisyn Spader (80) and Riley Genzlinger (74) all topped 70 rushing yards. John Callies rushed for a pair of scores, as well.
Meanwhile, Castlewood relied on Carson Kirwan in the first round, giving him the ball 41 times on the ground. He turned it into 227 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Warriors have won a season-high three straight games.
Philip at Canistota/Freeman
CANISTOTA -- The defending Class 9A state champions Canistota/Freeman (8-1) host a quarterfinal game against Philip (7-2) at 7 p.m.
The Pride defeated Chester Area, 48-14, and Philip notched a 26-12 win over Timber Lake to open the playoffs. Canistota/Freeman’s only loss came in triple overtime to Howard, 16-14. The Scotties have gone 3-2 since a 4-0 start.
The Pride are paced by Tyce Ortman, who has thrown for 597 yards and 12 touchdowns during his first season at quarterback. He’s also rushed for 845 yards and 17 scores, while adding 31.5 tackles and an interception on defense. Along with Isiah Robertson’s 630 rushing yards and eight scores, Canistota/Freeman has topped 40 points in all five games since its loss.
Chayson Schofield led the Scotties with 70 rushing yards on 15 carries last week. He also added 39 passing yards and had an interception on defense. Jadyn Coller finished with two rushing touchdowns and two interceptions on defense.
Lyman at Wall
WALL -- Lyman (6-2) and Wall (8-0) both topped their respective regions. Lyman picked up a 36-16 win over Burke to open the playoffs and Wall took down Northwestern, 40-8.
Teagan Gourneau has thrown for 827 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 220 yards and eight scores on the ground for Lyman. Colton Collins is its lead back with 1,114 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has topped 100 yards in five of his last six games, including a 254-yard, three-touchdown performance a week ago.
Wall is the No. 2 seed, though, and has three shutouts this year. Kadoka Area is the only team to score in double-digits, as well. Bridger Amiotte paces the Eagles with 883 rushing yards on 82 carries and has 17 rushing touchdowns. Cedar Amiotte adds 314 rushing yards and five touchdowns, while adding two touchdown receptions and 246 receiving yards. Defensively, Blair Blasius 38.5 tackles. Burk Blasius adds 636 passing yards and eight touchdowns, while racking up 42 tackles on defense.
Scotland at Kadoka Area
KADOKA -- Scotland (5-3) and Kadoka Area (8-1) both had convincing wins to open the playoffs. The Highlanders took down Irene-Wakonda, 40-14, and Kadoka Area downed Dupree, 62-12. They will meet at 6:30 pm.
Since a 1-3 start, Scotland rattled off four straight wins. Turner Nicholson has led the charge offensively with 780 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 126 yards and a score last week. On defense, the Highlanders had three players record eight tackles in Kalen Maruska, Tyrus Bietz and Nick Harrington. Harrington and Stephen Johnson both had interceptions, as well.
For Kadoka Area, Gaven Sudbeck has 926 rushing yards on 140 carries and 13 rushing touchdowns. Sudbeck has also passed for 490 yards and five touchdowns. He has 1,733 all-purpose yards.
Tyus Williams has rushed for 501 yards and has five touchdowns. T.J. Hamar has 13 rushing touchdowns to go along with 408 yards on 81 carries.
Corsica-Stickney at Wolsey-Wessington
WOLSEY -- Corsica-Stickney (5-4) was one of two Class 9B teams that didn’t play a game last week. Avon opted out of the playoffs due to COVID-19 and replacement Estelline/Hendricks later forfeited to send the Jaguars into the second round. Wolsey-Wessington (7-1) took down Langford Area 44-0.
The Warbirds are looking for a return trip to the semifinals at 6 p.m. today. These teams met on Sept. 18, as Wolsey-Wessington picked up a 42-6 win.
Brendan Wentland has led Corsica-Stickney through the air (706 yards, 11 TDs) and on the ground (612 yards, 4 TDs). Caden Vandrongelen also has 687 yards and six touchdowns to go with 63 tackles on defense.
Wolsey-Wessington gained 414 yards in the first meeting. Corbin Haarmeyer threw for 138 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Marty Gohn rushed for 105 yards and a score. Keegan Haider had nine tackles and Tristan Abbott intercepted two passes, as well.