PIERRE -- The Pierre Governors continued their Class 11AA dominance Friday night at the Mitchell High School football team’s expense.
The top-ranked, unbeaten and two-time reigning champion Governors held a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 57-7 victory over the fifth-seeded Kernels at Hollister Field on Friday.
Mitchell ends the season at 5-6, while Pierre (11-0) faces Brookings at noon on Friday at the Bobcats’ home field, South Dakota State University’s Dykhouse Stadium for the state title.
Maguire Raske’s 2-yard touchdown run less than 3 minutes into the game opened the scoring, capping an 8-play, 78-yard drive. Quarterback Garrett Stout was tremendous once more for the Governors’ running for touchdowns of 71 and 34 yards and hitting Zach Letellier and Andrew Coverdale for touchdown passes in the second quarter to help build a 34-0 halftime lead.
Pierre added 10 points in the third quarter and two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
The Kernels closed the scoring with a 70-yard scoring strike from Tucker Vilhauer to Rylee Johansen with 6 minutes remaining in the game. Trevor Lambert made the extra point to cap the night. Lambert punted nine times for 268 yards and a long of 37.
Mitchell ran the ball 33 times but were held to 19 yards on the ground, and had 157 yards on 52 offensive plays. Nick Robinson carried the ball seven times for 11 yards, while Parker Philips was held to nine yards on six carries. Tucker Vilhauer was 3-for-8 passing for 109 yards, while Austin Kerr was 2-for-11 passing for 29 yards.
On defense, Kerr had nine tackles, while Peyton Nash, Vilhauer, Joseph VanOverschelde and Jake Helleloid each had five tackles. Ben Ziebarth added a sack.
For Pierre, Stout had 170 rushing yards on 14 carries, and was 16-for-27 passing for 285 yards and two scores. McCain Kruger had 37 yards on three carries. Regan Bollweg had 128 yards receiving on six catches. As a team, the Govs ran for 272 yards on 36 carries, and racked up 596 total yards on 66 carries, averaging nine yards per play.
The game was the second meeting between the two teams, with Pierre winning 75-7 at Joe Quintal Field on Oct. 18.