HOWARD — No. 2 Howard rushed for 294 yards and gained 422 yards in a 40-6 opening-round win the Class 9A playoffs over 15th-seeded Kimball/White Lake.
The Tigers’ Taiden Hoyer was 6 for 8 passing for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while Ty Beyer and Griffin Clubb had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown each. John Callies rushed 13 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while Beyer finished with 46 yards on nine carries and Clubb had 41 yards on six carries. Beyer had 11 tackles, with Callies making 10 tackles and a sack.
KWL struck in the second quarter on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Carter Lenz to Beau Kirsch, bringing the Howard lead to 20-6, which was the halftime score. KWL rushed it 30 times for 54 yards and finished with 179 total yards. Lenz was 7 for 19 passing for 125 yards, with Kirsch finishing with 57 yards on two catches. Kaden Tyrrell had 43 yards on two receptions, and Iden Myers made 11 tackles in the loss. Jacob Novak finished with a team-best 22 yards rushing on five carries.
No. 2 Howard (9-0) advances to host No. 7 Wolsey-Wessington in the Class 9A quarterfinals on Oct. 28. Kimball/White Lake’s season ends at 2-7.
BEE 48, Hot Springs 6
BRIDGEWATER — Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan rushed for 310 yards Thursday night in a Class 11B home playoff victory over visiting Hot Springs.
The Seahawks’ Koby Kayser had 216 yards on 17 carries and three touchdown runs, running from 18 to 55 to 63 yards. Kaden Klumb was 3-for-4 passing for 114 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Hunter Bailey from 23 yards out, Sutton Arend from 15 yards and Jay Storm from 76 yards out. Clay Hohn added 64 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown, as BEE gained 424 yards in the game and 41 points in the first half. Hohn finished with a team-best eight tackles, with Sam Hofer and Joe Kirby each making six stops.
BEE (6-3) travels to No. 2-seeded Sioux Valley on Thursday, Oct. 28 for a Class 11B quarterfinal game, while Hot Springs’ season ends at 7-2.
Beresford 27, MVP 24
MOUNT VERNON — Isaiah Richards hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass that went through a teammate’s hands from quarterback Tate VanOtterloo for the game-winning touchdown with no time remaining for 14th-seeded Beresford to upset No. 3 Mount Vernon/Plankinton in the Class 11B opening round of the playoffs.
It was VanOtterloo’s third touchdown pass of the game, completing an effort with 31 for 40 passing for 339 yards without an interception. He also had a first-half rushing touchdown. Richards finished with 14 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Teammate Jake Goblirsch had six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown for the Watchdogs, who outgained MVP 404-300.
The Titans rushed 47 times for 263 yards, with Lincoln Klooz gaining 112 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown and Reed Rus rushing 16 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Rus’ touchdown run from 2 yards out with 1:42 remaining had MVP up 21-18 before the final drive from Beresford. Griffin Tobin had 10 tackles, Klooz had nine tackles and a sack and Chris Mayer added nine tackles for MVP.
Beresford (6-3) advances to the Class 11B quarterfinals, while MVP ends its season at 7-2.
Parkston 20, Bon Homme 15
PARKSTON — Class 9AA No. 2 seed Parkston survived an upset threat from No. 15 Bon Homme Thursday night with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kaleb Weber to Max Scott providing the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Parkston rushed 51 times for 224 yards, led by Cole Prunty’s 84 yards on 19 carries, who also had 39 receiving yards. Brayden Jervik had 61 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and Peyton Albrecht had 60 yards on 12 rushes. Kaleb Weber was 5-for-8 passing for 99 yards and two touchdowns, finding Albrecht for a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter along with the Scott touchdown pass. Albrecht had eight tackles, with Jervik and Ethan Poore each making seven tackles.
Bon Homme took the lead in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown rush by Isaac Crownover. Crownover also had a 56-yard touchdown run in the first half that tied the game at 8-all before halftime. He finished with 105 yards rushing. Riley Rothschadl was 21-for-33 passing for 135 yards, finding Crownover nine times for 61 yards and Logan Winkler six times for 67 yards. Cooper Chapin finished with a game-high 12 tackles, with Crownover and Jacob Denten each posting 10 tackles.
Parkston (7-2) advances to the Class 9AA quarter finals next week to face Garretson, while Bon Homme finishes the season at 3-6.
Winner 60, Clark/Willow Lake 0
WINNER — No. 1 Winner scored 30 points each in the first and second quarter Thursday night to earn a home first-round victory in the Class 11B playoffs. The game ended at halftime due to the 50-point rule.
The Warriors ran just 16 offensive plays in the victory, rushing for 256 yards on 14 carries and finishing with 264 yards of total offense. Kaden Keiser had a pair of rushing touchdowns for Winner, plus an 88-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff. Riley Orel rushed four times for 81 yards and Aiden Barfuss, Riley Shippy and Jack Peters all had rushing touchdowns in the win. Barfuss finished with 72 yards on four carries, and Orel had an eight-yard touchdown catch from Joey Cole for Winner’s lone reception of the game. On defense, Ashton Klein, Slade Cournoyer and Jackson Vesely all had interceptions, with Vesely running it back for a touchdown.
For the Cyclones, who had 97 total yards, Trey Huber was 6 of 15 passing for 69 yards, and Griffin Musser had 17 yards rushing on four carries to lead CWL on the ground.
The Warriors (9-0) face the winner of McCook Central/Montrose and Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central on Oct. 28. Clark/Willow Lake closes the season at 4-5.
Platte-Geddes 35, Chester Area 12
CHESTER — A dominant first half for No. 9-seeded Platte Geddes carried the Black Panthers past Chester Area to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the Class 9AA playoffs.
Grayson Hanson led the Panthers on offense and defense, recording 192 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 32 attempts, as well as 15.5 tackles. Joey Foxley caught the ball six times for 39 yards and had an interception. Aiden Bultje returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter.
For Chester, quarterback Stratton Eppard rushed the ball 28 times to pick up 142 yards and two touchdowns. Eppard was 9-for-20 passing for 74 yards, and contributed 10.5 tackles as well. Jovi Wolf caught the ball four times for 49 yards. Wyatt Hansen ran six times for a tally of 33 rushing yards.
Platte-Geddes (7-2) faces No. 1-seeded Hanson on Oct. 28, while Chester Area ends its season at 6-3.
Lyman 30, Stanley County 0
PRESHO — No. 4-seeded Lyman shutout Stanley County to pick up a first-round win in the Class 9AA playoffs.
Colton Collins rushed 36 times to pick up 261 yards and three touchdowns for Lyman, including a 53-yard rushing touchdown to open the scoring in the second quarter. Shilo Mowry rushed five times for 47 yards and a 30-yard touchdown. Teagan Gourneau passed for 25 yards and rushed six times to add 30 yards.
Stanley County’s Lathan Prince was 11 for 25 passing for 141 yards and had 59 rushing yards on seven attempts. Levi Stover rushed 10 times to pick up 58 yards.
Lyman (8-1) will host No. 5 Timber Lake on Oct. 28. Stanley County’s season ends at 5-5.
Gregory 34, Burke 6
GREGORY — Sixth-seeded Gregory answered a 6-0 halftime deficit in a big way in the second half Thursday night to defeat No. 11 Burke in the Class 9A first round.
The Gorillas rushed 40 times for 39 yards, including 123 yards from Owen Hansen, with Rylan Peck rushing for 89 yards on 12 carries and touchdown runs of 45, 11 and 7 yards in the win. Peck was also 8 for 15 passing for 122 yards and two touchdown passes, both to Eli Fogel from 10 and 25 yards out. Hansen had nine tackles and a fumble recovery and Trey Murray had eight tackles for Gregory.
Burke had 213 passing yards on 10 for 23 passing from Ben Witt, who connected with Bryce Frank for a 24-yard touchdown pass for the Cougars’ lone score. Burke rushed 27 times for 58 yards in the loss and Taron Serr had 12 tackles.
Gregory (6-3) heads to Wall on Oct. 28 for the quarterfinal round. Burke’s season ends at 5-4.
Avon 65, Estelline/Hendricks 14
AVON — No. 1 Avon had a comfortable first-round victory at home over Estelline/Hendricks in the Class 9B state tournament to continue its undefeated season.
Avon shared the scoring between six of their players. Brady Bierema had 124 yards and three touchdowns on only five rushes. Aziah Meyer ran the ball nine times to pick up 117 yards and one touchdown. Jaden Stahl and Landon Mudder both added rushing touchdowns as well, Stahl scoring twice and Mudder scoring once. Riley Rucktaeschel connected with Cody Soukup for his only completion for a touchdown pass.
Estelline/Hendricks’ Mattix Hausman passed 9-for-17, throwing 147 yards and two touchdowns. Braxton Jongeling caught the ball twice for 83 yards and a touchdown, while Trey Cass caught a 53 yard pass for a touchdown too.
Avon (9-0) faces Alcester-Hudson on Oct. 28. Estelline/Hendricks season ends at 1-8
Hanson 70, ELB 22
ALEXANDRIA — Top-seeded Hanson put up 38 points in the first quarter Thursday night and cruised to a Class 9AA playoff victory over Elkton-Lake Benton.
Hadley Wallace rushed for 233 yards on 15 carries and five touchdowns, including scores of 28, 35, 59 (twice) and 70 yards. Hanson rushed for 297 yards on 30 carries and finished with 392 total yards. Kade Waldera was 5 for 7 passing for 95 yards, including a touchdown run and Jackson Jarding had 53 yards rushing on seven carries and a touchdown.
The Elks posted 247 yards of passing and had 31 yards on 30 carries for 278 total yards. Aiden Erickson had 129 yards receiving on four catches and Tanner Stein had 117 yards on eight catches from quarterback Ryan Krog.
No. 1 Hanson (8-1) hosts Platte-Geddes in the Class 9AA quarterfinals on Oct. 28. Elkton-Lake Benton’s season finishes at 3-6.
Canistota/Freeman 22, Florence/Henry 20
FLORENCE — Eleventh-seeded Canistota/Freeman knocked off Class 9AA first-round foe Florence/Henry Thursday night in a tightly contested game to advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Canistota/Freeman’s Isiah Robertson led the team with 180 yards and two touchdowns on a total of 30 rushes. Tage Ortman went 7-for-15 passing for 67 yards and connecting with Noah Kleinsasser for a 27-yard touchdown. Kleinhasser had 40 total yards on three receptions for the Pride.
For Florence/Henry, Ashton Hanson rushed 19 times for a total of 140 yards and a 37-yard touchdown. Tegan Sumner threw for 69 yards and a touchdown pass, adding 33 rushing yards. Mehki Keller caught a touchdown pass to bring Florence/Henry within two points in the fourth quarter, but saw the two-point conversion fail.
Canistota/Freeman (5-4) travels to Ipswich on Oct. 28 for the Class 9AA quarterfinals. Florence/Henry finishes its season at 7-2.
Faulkton Area 52, Colome 0
FAULKTON — No. 2-seeded Faulkton Area shutout Colome in a Class 9B first-round playoff game Thursday night. The game was ended in the third quarter by the 50-point rule.
Faulkton had 225 total yards, including 140 through the air from Parker Geditz, who was 5 for 6 passing for two touchdowns. He found Hunter Niederbaumer twice for 86 yards but the touchdown passes went to Roman DiMaria and Simon Bowar, who also had two rushing touchdowns. Niederbaumer had two of Faulkton’s four sacks in the win.
Kaden Pechota rushed eight times for 62 yards for the Cowboys, who finished with 58 total yards on 34 plays. Eli Vobr had 5.5 tackles for Colome on defense.
No. 2 Faulkton Area (7-2) faces No. 7 Harding County/Bison on Oct. 28. Colome’s season ends at 1-8.
Dell Rapids St. Mary 40, Corsica-Stickney 0
DELL RAPIDS — Dell Rapids St. Mary racked up 455 yards of offense, including 384 yards of rushing, in a 40-0 Class 9B first-round playoff win Thursday night.
Ty Brown had 150 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns and Lucas Flemmer rushed for 87 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Noah Olund and Anthony Geraets each had touchdown runs as the Cardinals outgained C-S, 455-69.
Corsica-Stickney, which had 25 rushing yards on 27 attempts, had 35 yards rushing on nine carries from Caden VanDrongelen and 31 yards on nine carries from Carter Wright, who also had an interception. Shad Bosma had 33 yards passing on 5 of 11 attempts but the Jaguars had four turnovers.
Dell Rapids St. Mary (5-3) advances to the Class 9B quarterfinals on Oct. 28. Corsica-Stickney finished 2-7.