Wolsey-Wessington gained 658 yards and forced two turnovers in a 60-20 rout over Platte-Geddes last year. The Warbirds were more physical, as they rushed for 574 yards on 8.8 yards per carry.

A year later, Friday’s matchup in Platte doesn’t project to be the same lopsided contest. Both teams are ranked in the latest prep media poll and represent two of the 10 remaining undefeated teams in nine-man football. Platte-Geddes is No. 4 in Class 9AA and Wolsey-Wessington is the top-ranked team in Class 9B.

For the Black Panthers, getting another crack at the physical Warbirds is a welcomed challenge after a 4-0 start.

“We need to play a big, physical team like them,” Platte-Geddes coach Bruce Hanson said. “Last year they kind of bullied us. They were the way more physical team. This year, we think we can turn that around or at least be just as physical and go toe-to-toe with them.”

Platte-Geddes' Kelby VanDerWerff passes the ball against Bon Homme on Aug. 21 in Tyndall. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Platte-Geddes' Kelby VanDerWerff passes the ball against Bon Homme on Aug. 21 in Tyndall. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

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Platte-Geddes’ improved offensive line has been jump-started by better communication and fundamentals. Now, it gets one of its most physical challenges of the season.

While Platte-Geddes returns seven starters on both sides of the ball, the biggest thorn in its side from last year’s meeting, Sklyer Zomer, graduated. He accounted for 382 total yards (298 rushing, 84 passing) and six rushing touchdowns against the Black Panthers.

The Warbirds still return star running back Marty Gohn, though. He rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in last year’s meeting. In a game that Hanson believes will be decided by line play, playing team defense to make the holes small for Gohn and limit opportunities for wideout Tristan Abbott has been emphasized in practice.

“I told the kids we can’t play hero ball,” Hanson said. “We have to do our jobs and do our responsibility and trust our teammates to make the plays. If he bounces it outside, we have to control our gaps and do our jobs.”

The Black Panthers are third in seed points in Region 3 behind Hanson and Parkston. They’ve outscored opponents 201-19, but it’s come against opponents with a combined 2-13 record. Meanwhile, Wolsey-Wessington is 4-0 overall and 2-0 when playing up a class this season, with wins over Parkston (34-19) and Gregory (34-12).

“It’ll be a big test,” Hanson said. “It’ll be good for us, no matter what the outcome is.”

-- Mitchell Republic sports reporter Jeremy Karll

Olson vs. Olson

It will be an Olson family affair Friday in Mount Vernon.

Brothers -- Brent and Trent Olson -- will guide their respective football programs against each other in the Class 11B tilt. Brent is Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s head coach, while Trent is Winner’s head coach.

“In practice, you are going ‘He has a tendency to do this and they have a tendency to do that,’ ” Brent said. “It’s kind of makes it an awkward, difficult situation.”

The brothers have faced each other in the past, but this one is a little different. Trent is now Winner’s head coach after serving as an assistant coach for over 18 years.

Another brother, Sam, is also on Winner’s coaching staff.

“I never look forward to this game as there are two brothers on their coaching staff,” Brent said. “That’s kind of a no-win situation and not that much fun for me. Obviously, I am rooting for my brothers the rest of the season, but it’s kind of one of those games you don’t talk to each other as much as during a normal week.”

In addition to the brothers, there are cousins involved in the action. Cousins -- Michael Olson (Winner) and Isaiah Olson (Mount Vernon/Plankinton) -- will suit up in the contest.

The Olson’s parents -- Norma and George -- will also be in attendance.

“I am not sure how much they enjoy that, too,” Brent said. “Someone wins and someone losses. I think as a parent you feel for the loser. Whoever doesn’t win the game you feel for them.”

It will also set the stage for interesting family outings.

“The winner gets all the turkey on Thanksgiving,” Trent joked. “So it’s a big game.”

--Mitchell Republic sports reporter Ryan Deal

BEE forces seven turnovers in win over MCM

A flock of Seahawks soared all over Sparky Anderson Field on Friday.

No. 2 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan turned a highly-anticipated Class 11B tilt into a rout, knocking off No. 3 McCook Central/Montrose, 52-6, in the Mitchell Republic’s Game of the Week.

BEE (5-0) erupted for 455 yards and scored five touchdowns of 50 yards or more, while its defense forced seven turnovers. The Seahawks scored 26 points off the MCM (3-1) turnovers. BEE recorded four interceptions on defense.

Garretson kicker boots 52-yard field goal

Garretson’s Cody Erickson drilled a school-record 52-yard field goal in a 31-3 win over Flandreau on Sept. 18.

The 11-man record belongs to Sioux Falls Washington’s Kevin Hanson, who nailed a 58-yard field goal in 1998.

Games to watch

Class 11AAA No. 1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (4-0) at Class 11AAA No. 3 Harrisburg (4-0): The final two undefeated teams in Class 11AAA will lock horns Friday. Roosevelt is coming off back-to-back shutouts against Sioux Falls O’Gorman (48-0) and Rapid City Stevens (42-0). Roosevelt quarterback Taylen Ashley powers Roosevelt on offense. He threw for five touchdowns and 339 yards, while rushing for another score in the 48-0 win over O’Gorman. Harrisburg has outscored its last two opponents 76-7. Anders Clayton rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns last week.

Class 11A No. 1 Tea Area (3-0) at Class 11A No. 3 Madison (2-2): Two of the top three Class 11A teams will duke it out Friday. The Titans and Bulldogs are also second and third, respectively, in Class 11A seed points. So this one looms large for playoff positioning. The Titans have blanked their last two opponents in Vermillion (54-0) and West Central (41-0).

Madison is looking to get back into the win column after losses to Class 11A No. 1 Dell Rapids (41-14) and Class 11AA No. 2 Brookings (43-14).

Class 9AA RV Baltic (2-1) at Class 9AA No. 5 Hanson (4-0): Alexandria will be the site of a Class 9AA showdown Friday, with valuable seed points at stake. The Beavers are tied with Hamlin and Lemmon/McIntosh in second with 44.000 seed points. Viborg-Hurley is No. 1 with 46.250 points. Baltic, coming off a 52-20 defeat against Viborg-Hurley, is No. 10 with 40.333 points. The Bulldogs will be Hanson’s first opponent with a winning record this season. Hanson’s Hadley Wallace had 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 52-13 win over Bon Homme last week.

Class 9A Timber Lake (3-1) at Class 9AA No. 2 Lemmon/McIntosh (4-0): Expect points to be put up between these Little Moreau Conference foes. The Cowboys are powered by quarterback Cody Thompson, who has passed for 1,259 yard and 20 touchdowns (1 interception). Isaiah Portwood has hauled in 14 catches for 544 yards and eight touchdowns. Timber Lake running back Hank Kraft paces the Panthers offensive attack. He’s rushed for 460 yards on 26 carries and has 15 total touchdowns. Quarterback Kedrick Martin had passed for 615 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Honor roll

  • Herreid/Selby Area’s Brenden Begeman erupted for 294 rushing yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns in a 34-32 OT win over Timber Lake. Hank Kraft led Timber Lake with 127 rushing yards on 13 carries and four total touchdowns. Begeman’s two-point conversion plunge into the end zone proved to be the difference.

  • Langford Area’s Colin Frey threw for 125 yards, rushed for 124 yards and had four touchdowns in a 52-8 win over Northwestern.

  • Easton Millar (226 passing yards/2 TDs) and Bradyn Robbins (four touchdowns) led Redfield to a 34-6 win over Webster Area.

  • Isaac Sumption rushed for 309 yards and had four touchdowns in North Border’s 44-20 win over Faulkton Area.

  • Harding County’s Callan Long rushed for 159 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Hill City. Cayden Floyd added three rushing touchdowns and 67 yards for the Ranchers.

  • Wall’s Bridger Amiotte rushed for 152 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Kadoka Area.

  • Brandon Valley’s Tate Johnson had 186 rushing yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns in a 63-27 win over Rapid City Central. Joe Kolbeck added 165 rushing yards on 13 carries and two scores.

  • Sioux Falls Washington’s Malcolm Johnson recorded 153 rushing yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns in a 44-29 win over Watertown.

  • Deuel’s Carter Hoffman racked up 263 rushing yards, 72 receiving yards and six total touchdowns in a 43-22 win over Clark/Willow Lake. Tanner Preheim added 95 passing yards and two touchdowns in the win.