The quest for a state championship continues today as quarterfinal football action is scattered across the state. Here is a look at each matchup involving an area team:
Sioux Valley at Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan
BRIDGEWATER -- Class 11B No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan will put its perfect record up against Sioux Valley in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. today. The Seahawks (9-0) are coming off a 36-0 win over Hot Springs in the opening round. BEE racked up 243 yards on 27 carries in the opening round. Jonah Hofer paced the rushing attack with 104 yards and two touchdowns. BEE pitched its third shutout of the season last week. Sioux Valley (6-3) knocked off Sisseton 60-8 in the opening round. The Seahawks defeated the Cossacks 41-8 on Sept. 6.
MCM at Mobridge-Pollock
MOBRIDGE -- McCook Central/Montrose and Mobridge-Pollock both sport 8-1 records after convincing wins in the first round. They will battle at 6 p.m. today in Mobridge in the Class 11B quarterfinals. MCM topped Stanley County 47-19, while Mobridge-Pollock pulled away from Garretson 40-13. For MCM, Raygen Randall connected with Jake Cheeseman for three touchdowns last week. Randall completed 11 of 19 passes for 299 yards, while Cheeseman hauled in seven passes for 253 yards. MCM’s lone loss came against Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 57-35 on Sept. 20. Mobridge-Pollock’s lone defeat came against Webster Area by a 34-12 score on Oct. 4.
MVP at Webster Area
WEBSTER -- Mount Vernon/Plankinton hopes to hand Webster Area its first loss of the season to advance to the Class 11B semifinals for the second consecutive year when the teams square off at 7 p.m. today. The Titans (7-2) rode Jesse Hastings to a 34-7 win over Chamberlain last week, as the senior ran for 268 yards and five touchdowns. Webster Area (9-0) topped Groton Area last week, 24-6, marking the first points allowed since Oct. 4. The Bearcats have pitched four shutouts and have allowed an opponent to reach double figures twice. MVP’s two losses have come from Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan and Winner.
St. Thomas More at Winner
WINNER -- St. Thomas More hopes to avoid the same result it experienced when Class 11B No. 2 Winner played host. The Warriors (9-0) handed the Cavaliers their lone loss of the season, 46-20, on Aug. 30 and the teams meet again at 6 p.m. today. Winner has scored 40 points in seven of nine games, including last week’s 60-7 win against Lead-Deadwood. Brady Fritz completed 4 of 5 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Fritz also had two touchdowns to help build a 38-0 halftime lead on STM in the first meeting. The Cavaliers (8-1) have won the last seven games by at least 16 points, including a 23-3 win against Elk Point-Jefferson in the first round.
Platte-Geddes at Viborg-Hurley
VIBORG -- On the heels of back-to-back wins, Platte-Geddes hopes to stun unbeaten top-seed Viborg-Hurley at 7 p.m. today in the Class 9AA quarterfinals. The Black Panthers (4-5) used an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kelby VanDerWerff to Caden Foxley with 1:37 to play to beat Hanson last week, 26-22. VanDerWerff went 10 of 25 passing for 229 yards and three scores, two to Foxley. Meanwhile the Cougars have won all nine of their games by at least 26 points -- including a 56-8 win over Arlington/Lake Preston last week -- and have allowed 7.1 points per game.
Jones County/White River at Bon Homme
TYNDALL -- Bon Homme made an emphatic statement in the first game of its quest to repeat as Class 9AA champions with a 54-0 win over Parkston last week. The Cavaliers (8-1) look to continue that momentum when Jones County/White River (5-4) visit at 6 p.m. today. Jones County/White River is fresh off a 50-29 win over Menno/Marion in the first round, but must stop Bon Homme quarterback Josh Crownover, who accounted for 222 all-purpose yards. Noah Heesch also caught four passes for 96 yards and ran for another 77 yards. The lone loss of the season for the Cavaliers came against Canistota/Freeman.
Burke at Britton-Hecla
BRITTON -- Eighth-seed Burke looks to keep its high-powered offense humming against top-seeded Britton-Hecla at 6 p.m. today in the Class 9A quarterfinals. The Cougars (7-2) have hit the 50-point plateau in five of the last six games, including a 50-14 road win against Kimball/White Lake last week. Burke quarterback Hunter Van Nieuwenhuyse erupted for 306 yards and six touchdowns on 9 of 10 passing. The 9-0 Braves breezed past Ipswich/Edmunds Central in the first round, 74-20, despite the absence of standout quarterback Trevor Zuehlke. Stanley Haskins ran for 217 rushing yards and five touchdowns for Britton-Hecla.
Howard at Gregory
GREGORY -- Fifth-seed Howard travels to fourth-seeded Gregory at 6 p.m. today in a matchup of 8-1 Class 9A teams, whose only losses have come to defending state champions. Howard has rattled off six consecutive wins by 38.7 points per game since losing to Canistota/Freeman on Sept. 13. Riley Genzlinger ran for 112 yards and Lane Miller had 71 in the Tigers’ 35-0 win against De Smet last week. Meanwhile, Gregory has scored at least 47 points six times, including a 47-12 win against Lyman last week. Jackson Eklund ran for 115 yards and four of Coy Determan’s six completions resulted in touchdowns. The lone loss for the Gorillas came to Bon Homme.
Wall at Canistota/Freeman
FREEMAN -- Third-seeded Canistota/Freeman looks to continue its bid to repeat as Class 9A champions when it hosts No. 6 Wall at 7 p.m. today. The 8-1 Pride rolled to a 64-16 win against Oldham-Ramona/Rutland in the first round, as Trey Ortman threw for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Tyce Ortman also ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Wall (7-2) slipped past Philip last week, 28-20, in first playoff game since bumping up from Class 9B. It was the fourth game decided by one score for the Eagles this season. Canistota/Freeman’s lone loss came to Class 9AA No. 1 Viborg-Hurley and has not played a game decided by 22 points or fewer.
Scotland at Wolsey-Wessington
WOLSEY -- One year after missing out on the playoffs altogether, Scotland finds itself in the second round of the Class 9B postseason. The Highlanders (6-3) play Wolsey-Wessington (7-2) at 7 p.m. today in Wolsey in the quarterfinal round. In the first round, Scotland racked up 335 total yards against Hitchcock-Tulare. Ty Mogck finished with 156 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Mason Dennis added 114 total yards and a passing touchdown. Wolsey-Wessington, which dropped down from 9AA this season, will prove to be a tough task for Scotland. The Warbirds two defeats came against Bon Homme (37-36) and Gregory (27-24) in back-to-back weeks. Wolsey-Wessington edged Faulkton Area 34-28 in the first round.