There are four undefeated teams in Class 11B and two of them will clash Friday at Bridgewater.

No. 2 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4-0) will play No. 3 McCook Central/Montrose (3-0) at 7 p.m. in a mid-season Class 11B showdown. It’s a Big East Conference contest, but also holds major playoff implications.

“It’s a Big East Conference game and then the playoffs, we are not worried about that yet,” BEE coach Jeff Van Leur said. “But once you get past this third, fourth game of the season every game plays big whether you get home field or be on the road and traveling across the state some place. Every game from here on out has big implications toward the playoffs. We just have to worry about one game at a time and keep ourselves focused on that.”

Winner (4-0) is No. 1 in the latest Class 11B poll and also No. 1 in the seed points at 47.000 points. BEE is right behind in second with 46.250 points, while Mobridge-Pollock (4-0) is in third with 44.750 points.

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MCM, despite being undefeated, sits No. 6 in seed points with 43.000 and could do itself a favor come playoff time with a win Friday.

“I think it will be a good game,” MCM coach Shawn Flanagan said. “It’s our fourth game. So it’s one of those things that we have to do what we do and execute. We still have a long season ahead of us. Hopefully we make the playoffs, and week by week just get better and stay healthy.”

The teams played twice last season, with the Seahawks earning both victories and in two different ways. In the first meeting, BEE earned a 57-35 victory in an offensive shootout. In the Class 11B semifinals, the Seahawks pitched a 42-0 shutout on their way to the state championship.

“The second game we made a couple breaks for ourselves and got them behind the eight ball a little bit,” VanLeur said. “We kind of took them out of what they like to do.”

McCook Central/Montrose's Jacobi Krouse (40) evades Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Reed Rus (18) while staying in bounds en route to the end zone for a score during a game on Friday night at Gene Danielsen Field in Salem. (Matt Gade / Republic)
McCook Central/Montrose's Jacobi Krouse (40) evades Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Reed Rus (18) while staying in bounds en route to the end zone for a score during a game on Friday night at Gene Danielsen Field in Salem. (Matt Gade / Republic)

MCM exploded for 370 yard in the regular-season meeting, but managed just 222 yards in the rematch. The Seahawks also racked up 355 total yards as they handed MCM both their losses last season.

“They out-physicaled us on both sides of the ball and they made big plays and we didn’t,” Flanagan said. “They were able to march down the field and sustain drives and we weren’t able to get the running game established like we wanted to.”

Mitchell Republic sports reporter Ryan Deal

ICYMI, Tigers win triple-overtime thriller over Pride

CANISTOTA -- Howard dug deep into its bag of tricks to cap off a thriller.

The Class 9A No. 2 Tigers topped Class 9A No. 1 Canistota/Freeman, 16-14, in triple overtime in the Mitchell Republic Game of the Week on Friday. The battle between the top-two teams in Class 9A lived up to the hype, with both heavyweights trading blows all night.

“It was everything the fans wanted,” Howard coach Pat Ruml said. “It was probably the best game I have been in that didn’t have a lot of scoring.”

Howard moves into No. 1

As a result of Howard’s win over Canistota/Freeman, it moved into No. 1 in the latest Class 9A football poll. The Tigers received 23 of the 24 first-place votes and 119 total points.

In Class 11AA, Yankton defeated previous No. 1 Pierre by a 52-29 margin. The Bucks jumped to No. 1 in Class 11AA and the Governors dropped to No. 3.

Sioux Falls Roosevelt (11AAA), Tea Area (11A), Winner (11B), Viborg-Hurley (9A) and Wolsey-Wessington (9B) all stayed No. 1 in their respective classes.

The complete poll.

Games to watch

Class 9B RV Wall (3-0) at Class 9B No. 3 Kadoka Area (4-0): Wall won last year’s meeting 35-14, and has only allowed six points in three wins this year. Burk Blasius, who had eight tackles in last year’s meeting, has 23 tackles and Norman Livermont has 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Blasius has also thrown for 381 yards, five touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for five more touchdowns. Bridger Amiotte had 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns last year against the Kougars, and his productivity has continued in 2020 with 262 yards on 32 carries (8.2 ypc).

T.J. Hamar returns under center for Kadoka Area. He is coming off a 159-yard, four-touchdown passing game against Lyman a week ago, in which the Kougars won 64-36. Gaven Sudbeck (129) and Tyrus Williams (128) both topped 100 rushing yards last week, as Sudbeck had 191 yards and two touchdowns on the ground against the Eagles a year ago.

Class 9A RV Ipswich/Edmunds Central (3-0) at Class 9A No. 3 Warner (4-0): Warner and Ipswich/Edmunds Central have combined for five shutouts to open the season. The Monarchs have shutout wins over Sully Buttes (39-0), Potter County (42-0) and North Border (48-0). Meanwhile, the Tigers have back-to-back shutouts against Northwestern (42-0) and Langford Area (14-0). The only teams to score against either team was Faulkton Area in Week 2 when it fell 50-12 to Warner and Potter County in Week 0 when it lost 40-28 to the Tigers. Last year’s meeting saw Warner win, 42-8.

Last week against North Border, Hunter Cramer led Warner with 119 rushing yards, 54 passing yards and one touchdown. Ty Cramer rushed for 51 yards and had two touchdowns. Landon Leidholt had one touchdown on a 30-yard reception.

Schedule changes

A couple of games have been moved around or canceled due to COVID-19:

  • Due to positive COVID-19 cases at both schools, the Burke at Colome football game has been moved to 6 p.m. Monday.

  • Winner’s game at Valentine (Neb.) has been canceled due to COVID-19. The Warriors’ open date is Week 8.

  • Pierre at Tea Area has also been called off due to active COVID-19 cases in the Pierre School District.

Honor roll

  • Mobridge-Pollock’s offense in a 48-14 win over Aberdeen Roncalli was powered by a trio of players. Cayden Eisemann finished with 264 yards and three touchdowns, with 84 of those yards and all three scores going to Bryston Goehring. Gavin Reinert paced the rushing attack with 108 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Wall’s Bridger Amiotte rushed for 138 yards and four touchdowns, while Burk Blasius added 105 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 56-6 win over Rapid City Christian.

  • In a 58-8 win, Timber Lake’s Hank Kraft gained 168 yards on the ground and scored four times. Kedrick Martin tossed two touchdown passes for the Panthers in a win over Newell.

  • Connor Libis carried the ball 31 times for 317 yards and six touchdowns in Dell Rapids St. Mary’s 52-38 win over Alcester-Hudson. Logan Serck passed for 172 yards, rushed for 115 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Cubs in the loss.

  • Brenden Begeman led Herreid/Selby Area to a 22-8 win over Sully Buttes, as he rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.

  • In Dakota Valley’s 48-14 win over Milbank, Kobey June turned nine carries into 173 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Jacobi Krouse was a workhorse for McCook Central/Montrose in a 50-30 win over Mount Vernon/Plankinton. He set the 11-man state record with 421 yards and six touchdowns on 43 carries.

  • Chester Area’s Stratton Eppard completed 10 of 18 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 235 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. The Flyers took down Scotland, 45-6.

  • In Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan’s 49-0 win over Redfield, Koby Kayser scored five times and gained 87 yards on 13 carries. He scored on a run, reception and punt return.

  • Cole Prunty, of Parkston, rushed for 257 yards and passed for 109 yards while scoring five touchdowns in a 32-7 win over Bon Homme. He also had a 99-yard touchdown.